Process Server Books and Reference Guides for Investigators

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What is Process Service?

This article provides an overview of process server books. But what is process service? Process Service, or Service of Process, is the act by which a party is given legal notice, by delivery of a summons, of a legal proceeding in which a person is concerned, and an action which a person is commanded to take or not to take.

Another definition of Process Services is the delivery of copies of legal documents such as court orders, summons, complaints, subpoenas, orders to show cause (order to appear and argue against a proposed order), writs, notices to quit the premises, and certain other documents, usually by personal delivery to the defendant or other person to whom the documents are directed.

Process service is providing an opposing party with notice of a pleading or action to assure that the opposing party is aware of the action and is allowed to appear. The person who completes the service is referred to as a Process Server.

Many private investigators offer process serving to their clients. This is convenient for attorneys and lawyers because a private investigator can help track down the individual who needs to be served. Then, they can serve them with the appropriate legal documents. If you would like to offer a process service to your clients, we recommend starting with a state association in your area.

Dangers Involved in Serving Documents

The act of delivering subpoenas can be a dangerous task these days. The individual being served with the warrant or subpoena is often afraid of going to jail. Sometimes, the deputy, marshal, or investigator attempting to deliver the notice is physically attacked. In more extreme cases, they are shot by the individual being served.

Process Service Books

Private investigators often offer process services to their clients.  If you want to pursue a career as a process server or wish to offer a service to your clients, the following books provide helpful information.  The books cover such helpful topics as:

  • What is a Process Server, and what is a Process Service?
  • The legal process for serving court papers and other legal docs
  • Various methods that private investigators and law enforcement use to deliver subpoenas for attorneys and lawyers successfully
  • Learn how to pursue a career and where to look for employment.
  • How to find process service training courses, continuing education, and exam materials

Process Server 101: How to Become a Process Server

With no initial experience or contacts, Richard Young launched a successful home-based process server business. Leveraging his journey since 2012, he shares his expertise on his Process Server 101 website, aiding thousands in starting their ventures. His book distills critical advice: earning potential, necessary licensing, personal safety, business setup, and effective client acquisition strategies without cold-calling. Ideal for aspiring process servers seeking to navigate the industry, find clients, and grow a successful business, it offers practical steps and motivational insights for overcoming industry challenges.

The Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Process Server

“The Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Process Server” is essential for anyone interested in the field. It offers a clear, step-by-step path to success, covering critical topics like establishing your presence, understanding state requirements, gaining certification, learning industry terminology, and recognizing limitations. The book emphasizes the importance of courage, strength, and professionalism in overcoming fear and thriving in the corporate world. Ideal for novices, it provides the tools and insights needed to embark on a rewarding career as a process server.

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Process Server Industry Websites

The following are websites that provide additional information on process servers.

  • International Association of Process Servers – Association for process servers.
  • National Association of Professional Process Servers – The National Association of Process Servers is the largest national association in the United States. Search for process servers, newsletters, conferences, and training.
  • Process Server Institute – The Process Server Institute (PSI) is an educational organization in California dedicated to studying and teaching the art and business of process serving. PSI offers a series of entrepreneurial seminars that teach the fundamentals and laws that govern the service of process and complete a proof of service. The workshops include a skip-tracing investigation segment and a discussion on marketing services to the legal community. Also, the workshops cover the service of process by particular court order, publication, and alternative means.

Questions, Comments, and More Information

Please comment below if you have any questions about these process server books. Also, check out our other books for private investigators.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including Michael created more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at


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