A process server is an employer of a law firm who delivers important court documents to people that law firm is in the process of suing. Often these documents tell people when and where they are required by law to appear in court, which understandably is news that is not always taken in stride. Process servers are considered independent contractors and work as often as a law firm requires their services. It can be a good job with flexible hours for dedicated individuals. Becoming a process server in Maryland is surprisingly simple.
Things You'll Need
- A phone book
- A reliable car
Call law firms and ask them directly whether they need process servers. You can find dozens of listings for local law firms in the phone book. At any given time a law firm may have dozens of subpoenas that need delivered by a specific date, and they are always on the lookout for more process servers to get the job done.
Talk to friends who work for law firms and see whether their employers need process servers. A law firm will never have a shortage of paperwork that needs delivered to defendants. Asking people who work at law firms whether you can deliver paperwork can be a good way to get your foot in the door and lead to long-term employment.
Have your own car. Process serving will require a lot of driving to and from the houses of people being served. If you don't have a reliable car, you will not be able to deliver the legal paperwork required of you.
Learn how to write affidavits. An affidavit will be required for every person you serve. It is a piece of paper describing exactly where and when a person was served; this paper is sent to the court. It is a document that will be used to verify service if a person fails to show up in court. For help with writing proper affidavits, consult the law clerks or paralegals at the law office that employs you.
Learn what to charge. The amount of money is dependent upon how far you must travel and the difficulty of locating a person that needs to be served. You can set your own price, but bear in mind that if you consistently overcharge, a company can stop using you. Companies may also have a flat rate that they are willing to pay regardless of difficulty, so be sure to ask.
Tips & Warnings
- You can become a certified process server, but it is not mandatory for getting a job. Certain law firms may only hire certified process servers, and it will look good on a resume. But the only requirement to be a process server is that you are 18 years old or older. To become a certified process server, contact the Process Server Program Coordinator from your local Civil Court. The telephone number for your local Civil Court can be found in the government section of the phone book. You will be required to take an exam, pass a background check and purchase a certification bond that must be renewed every year. The specifics of the certification process will vary depending on the area in which you live.
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