The Seminar

This seminar is designed to instruct beginner and veteran process servers alike in both the legal underpinnings and the mechanics of lawful service.

The course is 6 hours and its curriculum closely follows the topics of study outlined on the National Association of Professional Process Servers® (NAPPS) website.*

The class focuses primarily on the 25 Illinois court cases that govern all aspects of Illinois process serving. New for this class, we include a complete discussion on the law that takes effect January 1, 2015, governing serving process on a resident of a gated community or condo association and the latest cases on serving process via Facebook and other social media.

Finally, we provide a complete bibliography of the Illinois case law on process serving as well as instruction on retrieving full legal case texts without visiting a law library.


Upon completion, all registrants receive a personalized Continuing Education completion certificate. Certification demonstrates to your clients or employers that you are fully trained in all rules and concepts of Illinois process serving.

You also receive a reference process serving manual. The reference manual and this seminar is divided into the following chapters:

Where and When

Date and time TBD

205 W. Wacker Drive
2nd Floor Classroom
Chicago, Illinois


Introduction To Process Serving
15 minutes

  • Due Process of Law and Legal Jurisdiction

Court Structure (State and Federal)
15 minutes

Civil Case Structure in Illinois
45 minutes

  • Initial Process (Summons)
  • Subpoena (Notice)

State and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure – Process Serving
2.75 hours

  • The Mechanics of Lawful Methods of Service of Process
  • Personal vs. Substitute Service
  • Publication and Other Methods of Service
  • Where and When May Lawful Service Be Obtained
  • Other Legal Restrictions and Requirements

Best Practices For Process Serving
30 minutes

  • Tips and Tools of the Trade
  • Skip Tracing and Due Diligence

Affidavits of Service and Other Reporting
30 minutes

  • Active vs. Passive Voice: Choosing Wrong Can Void Service
  • Testifying In Court or Administrative Hearings

Ethical and Professional Rules of Conduct
15 minutes

  • Defending Yourself Against A Charge of Fraudulent Service by IDFPR

Who May Legally Serve Process in Illinois
30 minutes

  • How to Become an Illinois Licensed Private Detective
  • PERC Registration Requirements
  • Court Appointment

We designed the seminar to provide basic training for the absolute novice and to provide a refresher for the experienced process server via formalized instruction on the law and procedure for proper service of process.

Seminar Cost



*This course is not affiliated in any manner nor is it endorsed or sponsored by NAPPS®.