Wednesday, November 9, 2011

5 Important Things to do as a Process Server

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Join a process server association or professional organization

Associations and Organization such as National Association of Professional Process Servers (NAPPS), California Association of Legal Support Professionals (CALsPro), New York State Professional Process Servers Association (NYSPPSA) and a host of other association’s helps you connect with other professional process servers to learn best practices, techniques and may need your services as well. Members of these organizations all agree to abide by common bylaws and code of ethics. Members are also notified of the latest news and updates to inform them of any changes in the state or local rules regarding process service. Members of these organizations usually sub contract services that they cannot complete

Provide the status of an attempt in a timely manner.

Law Firms, Individuals and other attorney services may not realize that you have other serves that you are attempting. It is important that you determine what your customer’s expectations are and get them a timely status. It’s also vital that you give regular and consistent updates so they can count on you.

Know your state and local rules

Unlawful or Invalid service can have a serious consequence on a case, the court, and on the process server. Any time you’re serving legal documents the local and state rules must be followed to ensure that the person being served receives proper and actual notice lawfully and timely.

Be detailed on your Proofs of Service

Courts and opposing counsels role is to try to find irregularities in your proof of service in order to be able to quash the service based on a faulty proof of service. The correct date, time, manner of service, and the type documents served should always be included.

Safety First

Keep your eyes and ears open when making a service attempt and always be aware of your surroundings to protect yourself.

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