Most people turn to the internet when they need a product or a service. Government agencies and law firms are no exception when trying to find the best, most professional and reliable process server. They search the local area for any business listings or tap into online directories like NAPPS, Serve-Now or the Process Server Center. The task to find a process server who you trust to do the work can be daunting, and most times it may lead to a few times of trial and error in order to find the most professional process server.
Whether you are a government agency seeking to deliver support collection documents or a law firm having to serve a number of subpoenas in several states or a pro se client with a family law case, how do you find a reliable process server? What are some of the qualities to look for when you are trying to choose a process server? Is there a way to find the best process server in any zip code without the trial and error?
The process service industry attracts many new people from different backgrounds looking to start and grow their own business, set their own work hours and make money. The ease of entry into process service and the lack of national required training translates to many people embracing process service as a career without the proper training and education. When looking for a process server, it is imperative to select a process server who has the required training and knowledge to help you serve your legal documents. Professionals who demonstrate continuous professional development and seek to keep abreast of current law changes are most likely to handle the service of your legal documents right the first time. The Process Server Center | PSC is the first organization that has accepted the challenge to set a standard for the process service industry by creating training programs for process servers.
When trying to find the best process server to deliver your legal documents, make sure they have enough experience serving. The more years of experience a process servers has, the more likely it is that he/she will perform to the highest standards of the legal profession. It is important to ask questions if a process server has delivered this particular type of legal documents before. Finding out what their success service rate is imperative to the outcome of your service.
When selecting a process server, find out if you can get a couple of references to ensure the quality of their past performance and the level of their knowledge and education. Take the time to call and talk to a few of these references and discover if this particular process server has met their expectations. Proper feedback from other lawyers or paralegals serves as a type of a ranking system and can provide you with the information you need in order to make a qualified decision when locating a process server. Business listings and online directories usually present you with a long list of process servers in a local area but leave you without a reliable way to differentiate who to select. The Process Server Center Exclusive Directory of Pre-Screened and Certified Process Servers eliminates the guesswork when trying to find a reliable and professional process server. It is the first organization that aims to eliminate the hassle of hiring a process server by offering its client members the options of Pre-Screened and Certified process servers.
It is customary in the process service industry to hire mostly based on pricing. Based on feedback from law firms and government agencies, when they reach out to a process server, all they ask for is the price or service fee they charge. When you are pressed on time and have important legal documents to be served, as an attorney or paralegal you do not have the resources to fully research a long list of process servers, to ask questions as described above and then compare the results of these job interviews. Pricing is indeed important, but it should not be the defining factor in selecting one process server over another. Improper service and delays in court cases must be the primary consideration when selecting a process server.
Perhaps the most important quality when looking for a process server in a local area is the question of trust. Can you trust that this particular process server can successfully serve your legal documents as per your instructions and the requirements of the originating court? How do you find out if you should trust? Perhaps it all comes down to a combination of the factors we described here: training, experience and feedback. If you can answer “yes” to all three of these factors, then most likely you have found the best process server to deliver your legal documents.
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