Five Questions All Process Servers Should Be Asking Themselves.
I would submit that most in the process serving industry do not take the time to explore questions like these let alone think about and plan for what the next five years might have in store for the industry. I contend that if you think the last five years have been a challenge then the next five will present a much larger challenge for the process serving industry. If the industry and your individual process serving company does not have a plan and is not prepared to confront challenges, then it is in my opinion eroding and dying a slow death.
My intent is not to be the bearer of bad news or doom and gloom but rather to encourage those that plan on being in this industry for the long haul to start thinking outside the box. The march of technology and evolution waits for no man or industry. It is up to you to reinvent yourself and your business or you will be left behind.
The evidence of the shift that is happening is everywhere in some cases the shift is gradually so gradual in fact that most don’t even see it. While other shifts are so massive and disruptive that you almost have no time to prepare let alone react.
Here are a few examples of the shift I am talking about that are relevant to or are directly related to the process serving industry:
State of Virginia Leading the way of Electronic Notaries - The challenge facing the global move toward electronic notarization is establishing a legally reliable approach for performing and evidencing the electronic notarial act and managing notaries’ electronic signatures and seals. Without a Virginia Standard that is aligned to the various national signature laws and emerging industry access control and secure messaging requirements, notaries could face the need to have access to multiple electronic signing credentials and systems. At the same time, every relying party should know that the electronic signature and seal of the Virginia electronic notary are as legally valid and reliable as the electronic signature and seal of a notary in any other jurisdiction.
Electronic Service of Process
State of Virginia Leading the way on Electronic Service of Process - If the statutory agent provides for electronic service, the service of process may be served on the statutory agent electronically. If electronic delivery is used, sufficient proof of the electronic delivery shall be retained, which may be an electronic receipt of delivery, a confirmation that the notice was sent by facsimile, or a certificate of service prepared by the sender confirming the electronic delivery. The statutory agent may charge an additional fee not to exceed $10 for such electronic service.
Electronic Court Filing
State of California Leading the Way on Electronic Court Filing - As of January 1, 2013, eFiling is mandatory for all civil cases (complex, unlimited, and limited) except for small claims cases. See Superior Court of Orange County Local Rule 352. Note: paper filings in civil cases will not be accepted after January 1, 2013.
Fewer Paralegal and Legal Secretaries
It was just two years ago that the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted an 18 percent growth rate in paralegal jobs through 2020, but now, according to an Associated Press analysis, a lot of that work is being taken over by technology replacing humans. “Those (paralegals) without technology knowledge and ability are at the highest risk,” says the Estrin Report