Process Server Institute
PSI Seminars and Events
2015 PSI Seminar and Event Schedule

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January 29, 2015 - Los Angeles
January 30, 2015 - San Diego

What's New
The Registered Process Server's Guide to Service of Process in California, 5th Edition
3/19/14 Court Invalidates Service Because of Insufficient Proof of Service of Notice to Tenant
2/20/14 Default Judgment Vacated for Failure to Properly Serve Corporation

Judgment Renderded Against a Trust, and not its Trustee, is Unenforceable
9/20/11  Court Invalidates Service Based Upon Faulty Proof of Service
5/3/11  Court erred in not applying evidentiary presumption of a registered process server's proof of service under Evidence Code § 647.
Article: Criminal Liability for Preparing False Proofs of Service
11/24/09 Court of Appeal Invalidates Service on Doe Defendant for Improperly Marked Summons
2010 Changes to Procedure for Issuing Foreign Deposition Subpoenas in California>>
Free Notifications and Newsletter
PSI Newsletter Archives >>
Affidavit and Proof of Service Guide
Registered Process Server's Guide to Service of Process, 5th Edition >>
Registered Process Server's Guide to Service of Writs, 3d Ed.
California Process Serving Cases and Opinions >>
Process Server Resources Wiki >>
Legal Updates

10/27/08 Court of Appeal Rules that Clerk's Service by E-mail Does Not Trigger a 60-day Mailing Period Requirement in the California Rules of Court>>

7/30/07 AG Opinion re Honorary Badges Given by Sheriff to Private Citizen
5/31/07 California Court of Appeal Invalidates Service by Publication of a Quiet Title Action on Former Owner's Daughter Who Lived on the Property
1/3/07 California Court of Appeal
Validates Service on Out-of-State Corporation by Certified Mail When Recipient was Mailroom Clerk
9/22/06 California Court of Appeal Rules on Patient's Right of Action to Enforce Excessive Charges for Copying Medical Records Under Evidence Code § 1158
6/12/06 California Court of Appeal Invalidates Service on Defendant's Agent Under CCP §  416.90
3/29/06 California Court of Appeal Rules that 3d Party Copier and Healthcare Provider Must Limit Per Page Fee to .10 Cents Per Page Under Evidence Code § 1158
PSI Books
RPSG, 5th Ed.
Affidavit & Proof of Service Guide
RPSGW, 3d Ed.
Interstate Subpoenas
Process Server Sites
Attorney Service of San Francisco
Find a Process Server
Fillable POS Forms
Process Server Associations
Continuing Education
CA Registered Process Server Law
FAQs About the Registered Process Server Law
How to Become a Process Server
What is Proper Proof of Service? Article
E-Service of Process
PSI Newsletter Archives
New Live Scan Fingerprinting Requirements
California Law
California Secretary of State
California Court Forms
California Judicial Council
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
US Codes
All States' Process Server Laws
All States' Secretary of State Offices
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

What is the Process Server Institute?
The Process Server Institute (PSI) is an educational organization in California, dedicated to the study and teaching of the art and business of process serving. PSI offers a series of entrepreneurial seminars throughout California that teach the fundamentals of process serving, the laws that govern service of process and completing proof of service. The seminars include a skip tracing-investigation segment, and a discussion on marketing services to the legal community. Our Beyond the Basics seminars include the basics, and also cover service of process by special court order, publication, and by alternative means. Both seminars have value to both beginning and seasoned process servers.

The seminars are taught from a process server's perspective and cover the technical aspects of the service statutes. The practical or "how-to" portions of the seminars are presented by experienced process servers and private investigators.


We now offer a notification service for PSI seminars and dinner events.  The PSI Newsletter publishes articles that affect process servers, such as new laws, court rules, forms, appellate decisions and other important information.  Topics will include the developing progress of E-filing, E-service, and new technology. We also invite readers and writers to submit articles about process serving for possible publication.

PSI is the publisher of The Registered Process Server's Guide to Service of Process in California, 5th Edition, the most comprehensive guide about process serving in California. It is thoroughly researched and written from a process server's perspective. The book explains the proper procedures for service, defines legal terms, provides a service checklist for process servers before, during, and after service, and describes how to operate a successful process serving business. Although the book is written based upon California law, it covers topics that are universal to all process servers in any state. It is an ideal source for training process servers. The book is available for purchase at a 10% discount at the seminar.

We also publish The Registered Process Server's Guide to Service of Writs of Attachment and Writs of Execution, 3d Edition, a step-by-step guide for serving a pre-judgment or post judgment writ in California. Included are also exemplars of letters of instruction and service documents, and blank letters and proofs of service forms. The 3d Edition now includes exemplars for serving a real property levy.

The Affidavit of Proof of Service Requirements Guide, California Edition describes how to prepare the California Proof of Service of Summons-POS-010 forms and Notice to a Tenant. A section is devoted to preparing a Proof or Service or an Affidavit of Service for use in every other state. The guide is intended to supplement The Registered Process Server’s Guide to Service of Process in California, 5th Edition. We also intend to create consistency and standardization between a process server preparing the proof of service and the court clerk that needs to review it.

PSI Process Serving Seminars and Events
The PSI Process Serving Seminars are held throughout California and are designed for the new and novice process server, and for those with more experience who want to brush up on the changes in the law. Some of our seminars cover more advanced topics, but not too advanced that any person attending will be completely lost. The seminars are presented from an entrepreneurial perspective, are geared for someone working in the process serving or legal support industry, inside or outside the office. We assume that the person attending has a general working knowledge about the subject. We encourage participation and questions that enhance and change the seminar content. No two seminars are alike, even when they cover the same topics. Many of our attendees repeat the seminars and always learn something new. Specially designed seminars are available for in-house training sessions at law-firms or larger process serving agencies.

PSI also schedules dinners that feature a special speaker or war story presentations. The dinners are a pleasant way to learn something, socialize and network, and to put a face to the name of an affiliate or competitor. See our 2014 Schedule for future events.

Training an "independent contractor" process server is an important element that both the IRS and the California Employment and Development Department (EDD) use to classify a worker as an employee. An independent process server could find the training they need at a PSI Seminar. If you retain independent contractors, they could be re-classified as employees if you train them. We can also provide in-house seminars for a minimum of 5 persons.

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