It’s true, bad things happen to good people. One of the common misconceptions is that being served with legal documents is some type of scarlet letter. But the truth of the matter is, being served does not mean you are the ‘bad guy’. You may be a witness for an ongoing case, you may need to defend yourself or your actions or you may even be wrongfully accused. After all, one of the foundational principles of our legal system is the right for due process. This means that anyone can bring a suit against anyone for whatever their reason. Regardless of your innocence, we do sympathize with the stigma of “being served”. No one wants to answer their door to a subpoena or other legal document. And a process server on your doorstep is certainly even less welcome on a holiday. The situation you may be involved in causes enough turmoil, sending you into an emotional tailspin, there is no need to address this in front of family and friends during a holiday.
At ALIASS, we want to demonstrate the respect you deserve. Although not every state prohibits service on a holiday, we respect you as an individual and will do our very best to plan serving legal documents accordingly. In some cases, however, court ordered requests will override these intentions. Even in these cases, we endeavor to maintain the personal nature of our business with you and avoid a very uncomfortable situation during a time of celebration.
Like you, our servers are just people. They are people with families, hobbies, and feelings. A recent video produced by PAAPRS brings to light the human aspect of our servers. You can view this video by clicking this link: Support Process Server Safety. At ALIASS, we believe this perspective can also be applied to those we are serving. In this holiday season, we hope that everyone will truly see the people behind the stereotypes and be respectful of what each individual represents. In the end, we are all just people enjoying the holidays with our loved ones. ALIASS wishes you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving full of gratitude, compassion and respect.
Can you name a career in which a physical attack would be part of your work day?
Assault is a very real danger in the process service industry, and so this is a topic that ALIASS holds very close to heart. Not only do we expect our employees to be protected by law from violence and aggression, but we feel the same level of concern for our business associates, partners and yes, even our competitors.
A nationally recognized industry organization ServeNow has established themselves as a champion of this issue and launched an official Promoting Assault Awareness and Protective Regulations for Servers (PAAPRS) Campaign website on October 4, 2012. In just a few short months, ServeNow has begun compiling irrefutable evidence to support the need for tougher laws to protect those in our industry. In addition, they offer valuable resources to gain media attention for these assaults, build support through local industry associations, and push this issue to the forefront with lawmakers nationwide. ALIASS is proud that our two of our professional associations are standing up to publicly endorse the PAAPRS campaign: National Association of Professional Process Servers (NAPPS) and Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Process Servers (MAAPPS).
If you are a process server who is assaulted, you should make a formal report of the assault, even if you have no plans to press charges. And then please share your experience with ServeNow as a means of supporting their PAAPRS campaign efforts. And if you have been assaulted in the past, please consider at least reporting your assault through the ServeNow online assault reporting tool. The success of this campaign and the future increased safety of our profession depends on you.
Armed with accurate information regarding the number and severity of assaults, ServeNow and all the PAAPRS supporters can demonstrate the alarming trend nationwide and hopefully achieve the goal of a safer environment for process service. For more information on the campaign, including state-by-state information, tips for a safer serve, and other resources, please visit the PAAPRS website.
Have you ever been assaulted while attempting a serve?