What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
The Process Server Institute (PSI) is an educational organization in California, dedicated to the study and teaching of the art and business of process serving. PSI offers a series of entrepreneurial seminars throughout California that teach the fundamentals of process serving, the laws that govern service of process and completing proof of service. The seminars include a skip tracing-investigation segment, and a discussion on marketing services to the legal community. Our Beyond the Basics seminars include the basics, and also cover service of process by special court order, publication, and by alternative means. Both seminars have value to both beginning and seasoned process servers.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Here is our pricing system:
- Routine Serve $60.00
Service completed within 7-10 days.
- Rush Serve $80.00
Service completed within 1-3 days.
- Same Day Serve $120.00
to start. Call for details.
* Please add $25.00 if you also want the "proof of service" filed with the court.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Actually, I have a law degree. But, after graduation from Law School, started making good money supporting legal actions. So, decided to make he steady money with the stress of being a practicing attorney with endless hours.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We serve all types of legal documents such as: Small Claims, Summons and Complaint, Eviction Notice, Unlawful Detainer, Restraining Order, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Request for Order, Judgments Bank Levy, Wage Garnishment, Order of Examination, Deposition & Civil Subpoena.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
During my time as a process server I had two people take swing at me. I'd like to say that I busted out some Steven Segal moves and stuffed the papers up their ass, but that would be a lie. All I really did was ducked, pushed them on the hips (you move the center of gravity and you move the whole person), tossed the papers in their face and got out of there. You may think I'm a coward for not fighting, but I'm a lousy boxer so I handled it my way.
The most common reaction I got when I just handed over a fresh steaming pile of legal mumbo-jumbo was anger. This is understandable, since a lot of people get pretty upset over money. Someone threatening to forcibly empty their bank account? Not too many people look forward to this.
For the most part the angry people just want to vent. They know I'm just the messenger, but they need to complain to someone and I'm right there. I didn't mind this too much --- just let them get it off their chest before moving on. Then there are people who think I'm the one suing them. I would try to explain that papers have to be served by an uninterested third party, and that I worked for a company who served papers and not a legal firm, but they don't listen.
"What's your problem, trying to garnish my paycheck? I have kids to feed and rent to pay!"
"I'm not the one suing ---"
"Cram it, ugly. You could take a three thousand dollar loss on these bills, but no, you have to steal my hard earned money!"
"But I'm not involved in the case, I'm just the messeng ---"
"This country would be better off without lawyers like you. What kind of a lawyer are you, anyway, wearing jeans and a Jethro Tull t-shirt? No wonder you're suing me, can't afford a decent suit."
"But I'm not a lawyer!"
Then they slam the door in your face.
Most angry people just have one question for me.
"Do you actually enjoy your job?"
Let's face it, this job is about delivering bad news to people all day. Maybe some people would like that, but not me. I prefer helping people, not ruining their day.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If the papers are not properly served, the courts cannot rule on a case because the people involved need to be made aware of the court proceedings. Its part of the legal justice system in the US. If you havent been served papers, you dont have to show up in court and the case may be thrown out.
This is a law in the United States, thats why there are process servers. San Francisco Process Servers are the ones who serve papers in the San Francisco area. They are hired by the courts, lawyers, and individuals to serve court papers to those who have cases in the court system.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Many process servers add a bunch of extra fees. We offer honest pricing for our services. NEED HELP SERVING THE OTHER PARTY? FINANCIAL ISSUES? NO PROBLEM! We are the best priced registered & bonded process server youll ever find! With FAST & PROFESSIONAL results we will get the job done RIGHT for you! Just give us a call or send us an e-mail, we will get back to you with in minutes!!