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Lots of folks including judgment recovery specialists, have be Registered Process Servers (RPSs) to attempt to earn more money and/or to find more judgments. For certain folks, becoming a registered process server is a really smart decision.
One of my many judgment-related: I am a Judgment referral expert, not an attorney, and this article is my opinion based on my experiences within California, please consult with a lawyer if you need legal advice.
One cannot serve legal papers involving yourself or your business. Some judgment enforcers serve papers for one other to save process server fees.
As with most lines of work, the more tutorial course you complete on a regular basis, the more you will probably earn. One can never learn enough.
Most counties have relatively minimal or modest mandated requirements to become a registered process server. But, registered process serving is not for everyone, because there's some risks. While most process servers are male, nothing stops a determined lady from being a registered process server.
I know of a number of woman registered process servers, from 19 years young to 69 years old. Certain lady(and some male) process servers have their spouse or boyfriend wait in the background, in those very rare cases when there might be potential trouble.
Some process servers have a permit to carry a concealed weapon; some carry oleoresin capsicum sprays, and some prefer spray intended for wasps, because it's nearly as effective, cheaper, lasts longer, and a lot more directional than pepper spray.
Registered process servers are very important and interesting. A good RPS is valuable to lawyers and many folks. As with judgment enforcers, certain registered process servers are real flakes. Some process serving is really easy and some are hard.
There are tricks one can use to handle serves that are difficult. A few years ago, a registered process server started to dump animal fertilizer on his evasive serve-to individual's front lawn, which got the mark to leave their door; when not anything else could convince the mark to open his door.
While most registered process serving jobs are pretty simple (simple means easy, that is nice), rarely it's very difficult (interesting). Here are two stories of challenging process serving circumstances and the server's solutions:
Story 1: The debtor's house included a fenced front yard area and a big German Shepard dog on guard. On the fence there was a sign that said "Beware of Dog". The registered process server handled this by stepping outside of his car, locking it and then triggering the alarm, which made a huge noisy commotion including bright flashing lights.
The RPS let the alarm go on until it caused the mark to leave their house and approach him, to ask "what the hell are you doing, sounding your car alarm?" Then, that registered process server served him his papers, and explained you've been served. On some serves, one just need to allow the mark come to you.
Story 2: The RPS was attempting to serve a (judgment debtor) restaurant owner, that had his workers constantly deny he was in the country.
The RPS called to set up an appointment to have a short meeting with the debtor to discuss the the restaurant possibly providing the catering for 50 guests at his party. The judgment debtor quickly suggest an appointment time for Sunday at 2 PM.
The RPS showed up a bit early, and a waitress offered the server a free soft drink. The judgment debtor arrived up. When presented with the subpoena papers, he yelled "It is not me!" The judgment debtor then gave drivers license to the RPS.
The name on the debtor's driving license was one of the DBA names previously approved by the court, using a prior affidavit of identity. The RPS smiled and said "that's you, and you are now served. Thanks for that drink".
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