Due diligence is the process of gathering unbiased, credible information about a person or a company, before a specific decision is made. Due diligence is a comprehensive research analysis, used to gather pertinent intelligence and evidence that is relevant to making an informed decision about an important undertaking.
An Affidavit of Due Diligence is composed to confirm the attempt made by someone gathering information to make a conscientious and truthful effort in the matter. The Affidavit of Due Diligence form is filed by someone who has unsuccessfully attempted to personally serve legal papers to someone else.
An Affidavit of Due Diligence contains the following details:
• The attempts made to serve papers to the person, including the times and the date of the attempted service.
• The efforts to locate the person through home, employment, friends, and locale.
• All signatures and notarizations.
The purpose of an Affidavit of Due Diligence is to show the court that all legal obligations to service an individual with papers have been exhausted. The court may then deem that an alternate means of service may be necessary.