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What is a Process Server?

The title “process server” is one that those in the legal field know all about, and those outside of the legal realm probably have very little or no understanding of. There are a lot of misconceptions about what process serving is and what is needed of process servers on a day-to-day basis in the course of the due process of law.

Process servers: a brief history

To begin to describe what a contemporary process server does, let’s first start out with a little history of how and why process servers are needed. First, service of due process is a privilege set in motion by the United States Constitution. This means that all Citizens of the United States hold the right to be informed of being summoned, these legal guidelines are specified in the 5th and 6th amendments of the United States Constitution.

Process servers were intended to be a messenger to notify individuals, or entities, of their constitutional right to due process of law by “serving” them with a notification that states the legal issue that involves them specifically. Originally, legal papers were typically served to individuals by their local constable or county sheriff. As cities expanded in the United States it turned out to be a challenging endeavor for constables or county sheriffs to disperse court papers while attending to legal situations within their jurisdiction. There was a desire for an individual to deliver these notifications legally and in a timely manner. For that reason, process servers came to be.

What does a process server do?

Process servers are needed in an assortment of tasks such as filing court papers, serving legal documents and document retrieval. Their principal job is to deliver or “serve” legal documents to a defendant or person involved in a court case. After serving any legal documents, process servers have to deliver actual evidence that the legal papers were served. The verification that is presented is referred to as an affidavit of service or “proof of service,” which is given to the individual or company who required the papers to be served. Process servers are legally required to serve papers in the correct manner laid out by their state. Process serving laws differ by state, so each individual process server may have a distinctive way of carrying out things.

Why is service of process significant?

Service of process is needed for many reasons, but the primary reason is to make sure that the due process of law is upheld in the United States. An additional reason process servers are an essential part of civil society is to ensure that legal papers are served expertly in a highly effective and appropriate manner. If papers aren’t served properly, the court is not able to rule on a case relating to an individual, or entity, if they were not legally made aware of it. If service is determined to be improper, the entire case can and may be thrown out of court. This makes it even more essential to be aware of the laws of your state pertaining to the correct way to serve a defendant legally.

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Skip Tracing and Location of Persons For Process Service

The words “skip tracing” refer to finding missing persons and or their assets. The phrase originated in the debt collection industry and refers to persons who “skip out” on their debts by moving and not leaving a forwarding address or use other nefarious efforts to hide from their responsibilities. Today the phrase skip tracing has been adapted to mean finding missing persons and or their assets. Process service often requires skip trace efforts to locate those persons or defendants that need to be served.


Due to our professional licensing we have access to literally hundreds of databases nationwide with millions of names, addresses and contact information that the public cannot utilize. These include, but are not limited to, state driver's license  records, consumer profiles, social security data, post office forwarding information, commercial mailing lists, magazine subscriptions, voter registration records, utility service records, reverse telephone directories, real property records, and a host of other proprietary databases.

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We Specialize In Difficult and "Hard to Serve" Cases of Process service!

California Process Service specializes in difficult “hard to serve” process service for individuals, entities, and governmental agencies. Process service can be a very challenging venture at times that requires a high level of finesse and covert skills. Often the defendant, or representatives of the entity to be served, cannot be located or they are intentionality evading service in various forms. All legal cases are timely and have a statutory (or court rule) deadline that has to be met. If your legal documents are not served in a professionally efficient manner with all due legal expertise they stand to be rejected and thrown out of court. This is why it is so important that an educated and experienced process server is needed to track down the subject and get the legal documents served.

When your stakes are high in a court case and you anticipate that the individual to be served may be uncooperative or evasive, it is better to hire an educated and experienced to map out a strategy in advance. This is historically and factually better than first sending out your local “attorney service,” constable or county sheriff to just randomly hit the door and tip off the subject that they are trying to be served with a subpoena or other court related documents.  “Attorney service” type companies have a function in the average subpoena service. However, their employees get paid only for successful service of process, so they concentrate on volume and have little incentive to focus on the more challenging subpoena services.

Evasive and elusive defendants are typically seen in family law matters, probate hearings, as well as in business law cases. Small claims defendants are famous for being evasive!

California Process Service provides you with the experience and finesse that is always required to get difficult or “hard to serve” matters handled. We effectively use technology and good old fashioned pretexts or disguises to get the job done while remaining well within the appropriate laws and ethics.


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What sets us apart from our competition in the process service industry?

At California Process Service we pride ourselves on being subject matter experts in process service. In doing so, we provide you with the best, most efficient, and cost effective solutions for your process service needs.

We are fully educated on the applicable California state laws, forms, and practices that pertain to process service and undergo regular continuing education to keep up a high level of professionalism.

We also maintain a proprietary conflict of interest database to stay loyal to our valued clients.

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