Should You Call First When Serving Process?

What’s the Best Approach: Calling or surprising with process service?

Well… “surprising” isn’t the word I really like to use, but I do greatly prefer to deliver court papers when the person isn’t prepared to refuse them. Do you see the subtle difference?

Shocking or “surprising” the person is just asking for trouble so I only truly do that when I have to use a pretext when serving court papers and that almost always means serving a person who has a significant history of refusing the court papers.

Usually my client will give me a heads-up that a pretext may be needed.

After all, you have to remember, a lot of people who you’ll be serving are “friendly” witnesses.

That means “your side” needs them served for technical reasons, but they would show up to testify on behalf of their friend even without being served.

An example might be a passenger who was in the car when there was an auto accident and the passenger is going to be testifying that the other driver came left of center and struck them. See what I mean?

The Answer


My approach was rarely to call before attempting service on a person
. There are exceptions and after an attempt or two where I genuinely miss the person (and they are NOT avoiding service!), I might call just to set a time when he or she will be home.

Oh, by the way… If you need complete Process Server training in an easy to understand, home study video course, then I highly recommend you get my course The Investigator’s Ultimate Guide to Process Serving right here: https://beamazingproductions.podia.com/investigator-s-ultimate-guide-to-process-serving

Or check out my open letter about this course and what it can do for you: https://shadowanyone.com/pstraining/index.xhtml

Committed to your success,
Larry Kaye,
Private Investigator (Ret.) &
#1 Best Selling Author

P.S. – And, of course, don’t miss my special report titled… If You Want To be a Private Investigator Give Up… Unless You Do These Three Things. You can get it right here…

Get Instant Access to Your FREE Private Investigator Report!

* indicates required




Why Surveillance Is Worth The Cost.

Private Investigators charge “a lot” for surveillance and there are plenty of reasons for that, but it comes down to this: It’s VERY worth it for the client!

Many times the client can do the math and see exactly how a one-time investment in surveillance will SAVE the monthly money they pay to a worker’s compensation cheat or a custodial parent who isn’t really parenting! You get it, right? I know you do.

By the way… your training works EXACTLY the same way. If you make a one-time investment to learn a P.I. skill that will pay you EVERY MONTH over and over again (like surveillance), then you know it’s totally worth it.

Surveillance is a very (very!) valuable skill to have because so many other investigators are, well… scared to do it and it CANNOT be replaced by Internet searches or other OSINT. But that means all the money is there for the private investigator who will take these cases. P.S. – That’s YOU!

Plus… and don’t miss this… one of the easiest ways to get a private investigator job is to do surveillance work for an established P.I. agency! They’re ALWAYS looking for a qualified applicant to do surveillance.

If you want to be a surveillance pro in the the fastest possible time, then learn the tricks from the ONLY 100% satisfaction guaranteed Private Investigator Surveillance course: The Investigator’s Ultimate Guide to Surveillance. Check it out here: https://beamazingproductions.podia.com/investigator-s-ultimate-guide-to-surveillance?coupon=STREAMINGSURV

Committed to your success,
Larry Kaye,
Private Investigator (Ret.) &
#1 Best Selling Author

P.S. – And, of course, don’t miss my special report titled… If You Want To be a Private Investigator Give Up… Unless You Do These Three Things. You can get it right here…

Get Instant Access to Your FREE Private Investigator Report!

* indicates required




Who do I file Return of Service with?

“Who do I file return of service with?” is the most common question I get by people learning about process serving and even starting their oven process server business.

The answer is: You file the Return of Service form (AKA: Proof of Service form or Affidavit of Service form) with the Clerk of Court’s Office.

You get the form from your client who hires you to serve process. It’s usually the top page or two of the service pack. You keep that form and serve the rest of the papers.

Then fill out the Proof of Service and “file it” (return it) to the clerk of courts. That’s it!

WARNING: There’s one thing you can never do: File a return of service (also known as an affidavit of service) claiming you served the person when you didn’t.

Oh, by the way… If you need complete Process Server training in an easy to understand, home study video course, then I highly recommend you get my course The Investigator’s Ultimate Guide to Process Serving right here: https://beamazingproductions.podia.com/investigator-s-ultimate-guide-to-process-serving

Or check out my open letter about this course and what it can do for you: https://shadowanyone.com/pstraining/index.xhtml

Committed to your success,
Larry Kaye,
Private Investigator (Ret.) &
#1 Best Selling Author

P.S. – And, of course, don’t miss my special report titled… If You Want To be a Private Investigator Give Up… Unless You Do These Three Things. You can get it right here…

Get Instant Access to Your FREE Private Investigator Report!

* indicates required




Legitimate Private Investigator Trainers You Can Trust.

Who can you trust for online private investigator training? In this week’s video I name names of the P.I.’s who’s information I trust!

In no particular order…

Andrew Kidd

Private Investigator, author and health coach. That is not a typo. Andrew is an amazing fitness coach and I highly recommend him for your P.I. training or your fitness!

You can find him over at https://www.privateinvestigatoradvicehq.com/

If you’d like to read his world-class article on surveillance vehicle considerations, you can find it here:
https://www.privateinvestigatoradvicehq.com/surveillance-vehicles-for-private-investigators-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/


John Morris

John is a super-knowledgeable P.I. with a lot (A LOT!) of good business sense.

You can find him at https://freeprivateinvestigatortraining.com/

Wether you need to know about TSCM (electronic bug sweeps), surveillance or the business side of running a detective agency, check him out.


Kelly Riddle

Kelly is the founder of The Association of Christian Investigators at http://www.a-c-i.org/

At ACI Kelly has links and resources you’ll want to check out.

ACI’s mission is to integrate the investigative profession with Christian beliefs, standards and principals. In doing so, ACI intends to assist the individual, the profession and to give glory to God.

“… give glory to God.” It just doesn’t get any better than that.

Larry Kaye (That’s me!)

I started out as a part-time security guard wearing a polyester shirt and tugging on doorknobs to make sure they were locked.

I went from there to getting my state private investigator’s license and running my own detective agency for 9 years.

That’s how you pay the mortgage, the cars, the groceries, the whole nine yards! I did it and you can do it too!

I have personally been teaching private investigators for, well… close to 20 years now!

First in at a community college then selling my own courses.

But just recently I’ve put together a training program so thorough that if you take this training you will pass your state licensing exam or I will refund every penny you paid. No one else would dare make you that promise with their private investigator “school”. No one!

Check out the full package (including the free previews) at https://shadowschool.us/

Committed to your success,
Larry Kaye,
Private Investigator (Ret.) &
#1 Best Selling Author

P.S. – And, of course, don’t miss my special report titled… If You Want To be a Private Investigator Give Up… Unless You Do These Three Things. You can get it right here…