I had a very interesting encounter with someone last week. I was sitting next to some people who were chatting while I was in a waiting room. It was small, and I couldn't help but overhear some of their conversation as I was reading. What caught my attention was when one of the ladies mentioned how relieved she was that she had been served papers by a process server.
I had to stop her and ask her about why she felt this way. It turns out, this lady had endured some medical issues, and ended up losing her job when her FMLA ran out. She got behind on her bills, and one local company was really hounding her to pay an outstanding bill that she literally had no money to pay. She saw the parties involved occasionally around town, and she felt a ton of pressure to make payments she could not afford, because she is struggling just to pay rent, buy groceries, and keep her utilities on. She'd used legal outlets to demand they stop calling her, but she really just wanted an end to her situation, and the legal threats to stop.
She said the day the doorbell rang and the process server handed her papers, she felt relief. She was ready to go to court, tell her side of the story, and deal with whatever the outcome was. She said is hoping the case gets dismissed due to her extreme financial circumstances, but said even if she loses and a judgment is processed, at least it the legal threats will be over, the worst will be done, and she feels like her stress will lessen.
While I hope that none of you run into any Texas process servers, or servers from your own state, due to financial struggles, I also hope that none of you feel so such enormous stress either. Process servers are nice because they are a neutral third party to the situation, so the engagement is entirely professional, and they also handle other situations too, not just exclusively serving financial papers.
Here's to hoping everyone has a better financial year in 2013!
This is a sponsored post however, all the points and views are my own.