I've reason to believe that someone might be planning to sue me (it's unclear). Last Sunday night I got a knock on my apartment door at around 9:30pm from a stranger who tried to talk me into opening it without saying who she was or why she was there. When I asked her who she was trying to see she mumbled something inaudible.
I live in a secure building, so this has me alarmed. Ordinarily I would assume this was a partygoer who had the wrong unit number, or an inept attempt at some kind of fraud or home invasion. But I've heard that process servers try to surprise people with documents out of the blue. Is it typical for California process servers to go straight to ambush before trying more prosaic methods like simply calling the target on the phone to set up a meeting or showing up at the front desk at their workplace?
If not, this is a safety issue I need to address with my building's security.
For clarity, I am not trying to dodge service, nor do I have a strong reason to believe someone is trying to sue me. The only reason I am considering this possibility is that there was an accident, and one of the parties in that accident has not given any indication of planning to sue, but also isn't returning calls.
So I am trying to learn whether it is typical for injury attorneys in California to ambush people with process before having given notice of planning to sue, and while actively dodging calls. If that is true, then this intrusion into my building is explicable and less worrisome. But if it is unusual for California attorneys to behave in this way, then it becomes more likely that this person was a stalker's accomplice.