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Are you are interested in becoming a Process Server but don't know where to begin ?

Well, you can begin here !!  We are here to help process servers as well as those interested in the business for whatever reason.

We don't prefer new or inexperienced process servers to join this organization.  Instead we suggest reading the following.

  • Find the state laws regarding the service of process and who may serve process in your state.    From our main page you can go to our "quick connect" drop down box and find your state.  On that State page you will find a synopsis of the State rules as to who may effect service of process.   That same page has another drop down box with resources for your state.  Click "civil procedures" from the box and find the specific rule.
  • Once you've established that your state does allow for private process servers, (licensed or not) you need to decide how you want to start.  
    Do you start your own company ?  Well, this is America and you have every right to do so.  However, knowledge of specific laws will be the difference between success and failure.  The best way to establish this knowledge is work for an established company who need reliable people.  People are a dime a dozen, but reliable ones are gold.
  • Who would hire someone with no experience?   I would, as well as many other companies.  The reason for this is that everyone has their own method of serving process.  I prefer someone I can mold to my specifications.  Those who have served process before sometimes tend to want to do things their own way.
  • What is the most important thing about working for someone?
    In my opinion, reliability.  Someone you can count on to get the job done, who has common sense and a natural ability to gather information on the road.
    Most process servers that have been in the business for several years, know that this business requires dedication, sacrifice and a little nerve.  

    Here a some things I have done many times in the past.
    1.    Served someone getting off an airplane (2x)
    2.    Served a professional Hockey player coming off the ice.
    3.    Served someone in her wedding dress an hour before she got married. (in my defense, I didn't know she was getting married)
    4.    I've had to get up in the middle  of the night many times to serve someone.    
    5.    I've served my own relatives.
    6.    I actually sat under someone tree in their front yard for 3 hours waiting for them to return home to. (this was an evasive serve)
    7.   Subpoenaed mistresses in front of their husbands. (and vice versa)
    8.   I  once had to serve a man for unpaid medical bills.  When I arrived to serve him, his wife told me he had just passed away (in the house) 10 minutes before my arrival.  The visiting nurse was there too.  
    I verified a couple of day later in the obituaries.   (I felt bad on this one)
    9.  and much more....

    I will soon have a place on this site where people can post their "road stories"

  • What traits make a good process server?

    Is it knowing Kung Fu ?  Is it being 6'4 and weighing 250 lbs ?
    Is it having a big gun ?   Noooooooo.

    It's simple...hard work & courtesy

    I've been serving process since 1985 and have never had an altercation beyond a verbal one.  This is because I prefer to approach the recipient as a gentleman.  I don't approach as an adversary or have a "me against you" attitude.
    Of course there are many instances where this approach doesn't matter. 
    There is always someone out there who will verbally abusive or will refuse to take the paper and you must drop the paper at their feet.  (This is where the nerve part comes in).  
    These are generally the cases that can get verbally hostile.  This is also your exit point.
    Leave your ego at home and get back to your car
    (which is always nearby).  You dropped the paper and therefore your job is done.

I hope this info was helpful. 

If you have question please post them on our new bulletin board.
We have a forum specifically to field these types of questions. Once registered (free) you can choose to receive an email notification when someone responds to your question.

Please remember, these are just my opinions.

Richard Zicari
Rochester Process, LLC.
Process Servers, Rochester, New York
www.rochesterprocess.com

 

Here is a book written by Susan Echaore-McDavid.
There is a section about process servers which we helped her gather the
information necessary to complete the section on process servers.
I am told we get a credit in the book.

"Essentials of Process Serving"
Seminar on becoming a Process Server...
click here