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Top Process Server Groups and Forums

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As part of the process serving industry, there is much insight to be gained in speaking with others in your profession.  The great part about the expansion of technology is that it is easier than ever to hold conservations with other process servers across the country.  Sharing ideas, getting advice and discussing current legislation is all available with a few mouse clicks.

Here is a list and review of some of the available process serving forums and groups:

This relatively new group is still getting off the ground but has a number of active participants as well as interesting topics.  With greater participation this group could grow to be a great outlet for process servers.

 Facebook group: Service of Process Moving Forward 

Started by former NAPPS President Jeff Karotkin, this group requires a Facebook account to join, but the rewards are well worth it.  The most current news in addition to discussions surrounding process servers as well as numerous participants who bring forward thought provoking material make this group a must join.  Get ready to discuss transparency issues in NAPPS, recent process serving headlines and general serving tips and advice.  In order to join you must search for “Service of Process Looking Forward” and request to join, making this an exclusive forum devoted solely to process serving.

Yahoo Groups: Process-server  

While this group can be potentially useful for getting some work as members sometimes send out requests for a server in a particular area, you have to be willing to sift through the countless number of self-promotional posts.  If you decide to join this group you may be better off setting your account up to receive one email a day rather than inundate your email account with numerous emails throughout the day.

LinkedIn Group: Process Servers and Service of Subpoenas

LinkedInGroup: Process Servers     

The Process Servers group was started by Serve Now but both groups are worth being a part of.  Whether you need advice on what software to use or how to handle clients that haven’t paid, the members of this group are always willing to lend a helping hand.  As a member of these you groups you can also contribute your valuable feedback to your fellow process servers.


Know of any other groups or forums?  Let us know and spread the word!



Guest Blog: Heads Up When Sub-Contracting Process Servers

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 Today, we are checking court files to see if the defendants reportedly served by one of our recent subcontractors were defaulted or if they responded or otherwise made a general appearance.  We’re also reconstructing recent serves, including those that we have service reports on but the proofs or affidavits remain unsigned.  These I am reserving for my clients and, even if they lose a few days, they’ll ultimately have a clean, unquestionable serve.


Because we hired a highly recommended hot shot server in San Diego County toward the end of last year who seemed to be an eager beaver.  He worked for several large foreclosure process agencies and they loved him.   That was then.  Before the wave of Motions to Quash hit the fan for these foreclosure firms.  We’ve not had any bounce on us (RASCAL) and we thank our lucky stars for our systems of checks and balances.  Others haven’t been so fortunate.

Things to watch out for with subs:

1) The server doesn’t answer his cell or you get clicked over to voice mail after a couple of rings.

2) He doesn’t return his calls or text messages or emails in a timely manner

3) There are numerous attempts at a single address without his verifying that it’s good, either by utilities or neighbors or other

4) When he finally contacts you, he has a list of excuses that would fill a notebook (“My eye was infected – I couldn’t drive!”, or “My son is graduating USC and I need to be with him!” or “My kid ran away and I’m looking for him!”, “My phone was dead!”, “I never got the service!”, “I’m thinking of changing careers and I’m in training!”.  I’m sure you have heard them all at one time or another, and they always sound so believable.

5) His reports are convoluted and wordy without saying anything specific, and his descriptions are generic.

6) He has numerous sub serves or “John Doe” services, more than the average server.

7) The signatures on the work orders or proofs are dramatically different from previous ones, or from the final proofs.

You, as the primary agency, are only as good as your last serve.  Your credibility is only as believable as the validity of the reports and affidavits signed by you or your people.   And for goodness’ sake….don’t allow or accept any proofs unless they bear the original signature of the actual server that signed them.  Compare it to the copy of the server’s ID or bond you have in file to make sure.

This can happen to any of us.   To tweak a W.C. Fields quote (apologies to Fields):  “I never met a con man I couldn’t trust!”.  

Michele Dawn is a South California process server with over 35 years experience.  She can be reached at or at 951-693-0165.