Expert Skip Tracing Solutions

Don’t let absentee defendants hold you back!

Legal proceedings may be delayed until a person is properly served. It also can be difficult to enforce judgements or orders if a person cannot be located and served. This costs your firm time and money. As a licensed private detective agency, Firefly specializes in skip tracing services* to help our clients locate individuals who have gone “off the grid.”

The Firefly Advantage

Most process serving firms have access to the same data. The critical difference is how that data gets searched and what gets done with it—that’s where Firefly stands apart from the others. We will exhaust all possible avenues to find the person you are looking for. Our advanced analysis means we find the right person the first time. We only attempt to serve addresses likely to be successful.


Investigative Specialists

Firefly employs specialized, trained skip trace analysts to locate subjects by thoroughly and effectively searching public, online, and confidential databases. Our associates are trained to use a variety of investigative techniques and analyze their findings to eliminate outdated and unnecessary addresses, targeting only those with the highest possibility of contact. They are specifically trained in handling sensitive, confidential information with appropriate care, while our work processes are designed to provide added data protection.

Firefly Frequently Asked Questions

Your Roadmap to Understanding Our Legal Support Services

What is skip tracing?
Skip tracing is a practice used by many professionals to locate an individual (or, in the case of batch skip tracing, multiple parties) for legal reasons. This method is a legal way to find people who may not want to be found. Similarly, if an individual has relocated to another region, or even moved residences within town, they may not be immediately located. Skip tracing helps process servers ensure that time sensitive information can be delivered to the correct person, and can enable a legal case to move forward. In civil cases, process servers and other legal services may utilize skip tracing to ensure they can deliver documents (such as summons, subpoenas, court filings, and document retrivals) to intended recipients.

If you’ve retained a legal services industry leader like Firefly Legal, skip tracing may be included as a part of any process services you require. If you don’t require a process server, you might still be able to utilize outsourced skip tracers.

At Firefly Legal, we use a number of methods and technological tools to locate individuals. We start with a deep dive into public and confidential online databases. For example, we might check a party’s arrest records, credit and employment histories, last known residential addresses, tax records, and more.

Our skip tracers also utilize social media platforms to find your intended recipients. For example, geotags and other information on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and X (formerly known as Twitter) may help us to locate someone in an efficient and timely manner.

We may also legally investigate other aspects of an individual’s life to help find them and help you to reach them.

Skip tracing is particularly important in legal cases — including civil lawsuits — as attorneys and process servers must deliver crucial and time sensitive documents. If you can’t locate named parties in your legal case, it will be difficult to pursue a claim with the courts.

Federal and state laws mandate that a defendant in a civil case has time to respond to any complaint, subpoena, summons, or other court filings before a case can progress. Without skip tracing services, the time period it takes to locate an individual could prove too long and costly.

If you’ve retained Firefly Legal and are worried that the intended target of your process services may not want to be found, you might request skip tracing upfront. Our multiple nationwide offices may help in out-of-state delivery, too. Civil cases require time sensitive documents, and each recipient of document delivery must be able to respond to any summons or subpoenas. Thus, if your intended target isn’t immediately available to receive your legal documents, skip tracing may be vital to the seamless progression of your case. Process servers may choose to utilize skip training methods if it appears that your recipient doesn’t want to be found or if they’re simply having difficulty locating individuals in a timely manner. Once your intended recipient has been located, our process servers will ensure that your documents are delivered efficiently. We’ll verify and record delivery as well.

Although the skip tracing services at Firefly Legal are typically used by attorneys, plaintiffs, or process servers in a civil legal proceeding, there are other professionals who may need to enlist skip tracing professionals.

Individuals or businesses that may require skip tracing services include:

  • Bail bondsmen
  • Banks
  • Debt collectors
  • Employment verification companies
  • Insurance claims and fraud investigators
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Real estate agents
  • Repossession firms

Firefly Legal uses the latest technology to ensure you can receive real-time updates on your skip tracing case. Our skip tracing team may contact you to give you updates on the progress of their work. However, there are ways for you to ensure you’re up-to-date on the skip trace, too.

You can also check on your case status via our live case management portal, calling our toll-free number, (877) 963-3534, or, by contacting our status department via email.

Sometimes, defendants and other recipients of legal documents are difficult to find. There could be many different reasons why someone might be challenging to locate. They may have relocated and failed to update their contact information, or they may be actively avoiding contact. They could have debt or legal obligations that they are trying to avoid, or they could be witnesses or persons of interest in a crime. They could have privacy concerns or be a digital nomad.

Regardless of the reasons why someone might be difficult to track down, your legal case is dependent upon this initial contact and the process server’s ability to carry out their duties. Skip tracing is the process of finding these individuals.

Firefly attempts to locate subjects by searching both public and confidential databases. We have skip tracing specialists who successfully identify hard-to-find individuals. We also handle confidential information with care, following the most stringent industry standards for privacy and confidentiality.

Leave No Stone Unturned

Our customized search system is intense! It allows us to quickly identify and narrow data to a certainty that saves attempts, time, and money. The analysis and prioritization criteria in our search almost always support or reveal the most likely lead. Save time wasted on failed attempts and money spent needlessly attempting multiple addresses.

Firefly Skip+Serve:

The ultimate skip trace and service of process solution!

Firefly SwiftTrace:

Pre-service skip traces so we attempt the right address the first time.

Firefly StandardSkip:

A “Service Saver” to get your case moving again after an unsuccessful service attempt

Firefly BrightTrace:

Verified results that burn bright using additional sources and cross-referencing to find what databases can’t.

Additional Services:

Death, heir, military and probate searches.

Due Diligence:

If unable to locate a defendant, we prepare an affidavit of due diligence.

Rest assured, as industry standards become more stringent, you can trust Firefly is on top of things. We make industry best practices our every day practice.

*Skip trace services are exclusively offered to legal professionals and may only be used in connection with civil, criminal, administrative, or arbitral proceedings, including the service of process, investigation in anticipation of litigation, execution or enforcement of judgements, or compliance with orders of any court.

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Firefly’s intention is to respect and protect the privacy of users of its website. Firefly wants you to understand its practices with regard to collecting and using your information both online and offline and the steps it takes to safeguard your privacy. This statement applies to Personally Identifiable Information collected from Firefly customers. When this Privacy Policy uses the term “Personally Identifiable Information” it refers to information that lets Firefly know the specifics of who you are and can be used to identify, contact or locate you. Personally Identifiable Information might include your name, mailing address, telephone number, mobile phone number, email address, and other identification and contact information. With this information, Firefly can fill your service requests and better provide you with personalized service.

“Non Personally Identifiable Information” refers to information that does not identify a specific individual by itself or in combination with other information. Firefly may gather certain information about you such as age, date of birth, gender, as well as purchasing information based upon what services you purchase at its website. This information may be compiled and analyzed on both an individual and an aggregated basis. This information may include the Uniform Resource Locator (“URL”) of the Website from which you just came, which URL you next go to, what browser you are using and your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address. A URL is the global address of documents and other resources on the Internet. An IP address is an identifier for a computer or device on a Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (“TCP/IP”) network, such as the Internet. Networks use the TCP/IP protocol to route information based on the IP address of the destination. In other words, an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Internet, allowing Internet servers to locate and identify your computer. Computers require IP addresses in order for users to communicate on the Internet, browse and shop.

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Firefly Legal, Inc.
19150 South 88th Avenue
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Telephone No.: (877) 963-3534

  1. Information Firefly Collects
    1. Personally Identifiable Information
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      • Correspond with Firefly; or
      • Otherwise volunteer information.
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      Firefly wants to provide you with the best service experience. In order to do this, Firefly may use your Personally Identifiable Information to allow it to:
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      • Customize our communications to you; and
      • Improve our customer service.

      Your email address will not be shared with any third parties. Instructions for unsubscribing from any newsletters or promotional emails are included in every email.

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      Firefly may contract with other companies to provide certain services to Firefly. In some instances, these contractors may have access to Personally Identifiable Information, but they are contractually obligated to maintain the confidentiality of the information and to use it only for purposes of carrying out the business of Firefly. These companies are prohibited by contract from using this information for their own marketing purposes or from sharing this information with anyone other than Firefly.
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      Notwithstanding the above policies, Firefly reserves the right to disclose your personal information to appropriate third parties if required to do so by law or if Firefly believes that such action is necessary:
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      • To investigate reports of fraud or of users sending material using a false e-mail address or users sending harassing, threatening, or abusive messages;
      • To protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the website; or
      • During emergencies, such as when Firefly believes someone’s physical safety is at risk.

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Policy Changes

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Questions or Comments?

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