Many of us are members of a process server state association, which is a great start. But if your state has an association you can go a step further by attending the meetings. You should be taking advantage of all the resources these associations have to offer. Attending meetings has a number of benefits including:
Part of being a process server is staying up to date on rulings and effective service. One of the best ways to do that is to be in touch with your state association. With an ear to the ground for any new bills, rule changes and general accepted best practices, association leaders are a great resource to tap to stay up to date.
Have a say
Want to see legislation introduced? Have something to say about an upcoming association decision? The only way to be a truly active part of these movements is to show up in person and get involved. Going to meetings will give you the chance to speak with those heading such actions and to even become a part of the process yourself.
Create a strong front
While it will always be true that associations will have a more active membership when there is an issue uniting the members, creating a solid foundation makes it more likely taking on these issues will be a success. When legislation is introduced that poses a potential threat to the process service industry, swift action can be necessary.
In the case of Mid-Atlantic Association of Process Servers (MAAPPS), they had only 10 days to prepare to oppose a bill that would have created extremely expensive bonds and fees for process servers. Thankfully their association had developed a strong membership base and they were able to keep the bill from passing. Cases like these show just how important it is to have an active state association.
As with any business, networking is always important. Increasing visibility, starting business relationships and finding a mentor are the tips of the iceberg when it comes to reason to network.
Now you know a few of the reasons why it’s important to become an active member of your state association if there is one near you. So what are you waiting for? Check out this list of state associations and get involved!