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Social media is a great way to connect with clients and keep up to date on what everyone is up to. That being said, social media posts aren’t always the most professional & may contain more personal information than we want clients or potential employers to have access to. This is where LinkedIn comes in to play. It is the social media solution for business professionals. Linkedin is not the place you post about your cat, your political opinions or about the most amazing cheeseburger in the world. Linkedin is a place for professionals who want to advance their careers and/or their businesses to connect with each other. I recently had an amazing opportunity to attend a seminar given by Wayne Breitbarth (www.powerformula.net) where he gave some great insights of how to use this powerful tool to find business opportunities. If you are serious about fully utilizing LinkedIn, I recommend going to his website and checking out all of his resources. Here are some of the most important things you need to know:
Think of your Linkedin profile as your online resume. This is where you can showcase what sets you apart and makes you specially qualified to work in the position you are seeking, or to work for the clients you are going after. The profile can/should be fluid and it can be tweaked to meet your current purposes. For example, if I’m trying to pick up an account that I know does primarily workers comp defense, I’m probably going to update my profile to talk about my experience with surveillance and maybe share some stories about catching people committing fraud, BEFORE I REACH OUT TO CONNECT. Another important thing to know is that the profile should be keyword rich. Unlike Google & most other search engines these days, the Linkedin search algorithm rewards the use of key words used again and again. The more you can work in those key words, the better. That being said, keep in mind that prospective employers/clients will be reading it as though it were your resume, so make sure that it reads well and that your use of key words doesn’t become obnoxious.
Understanding how connections work is very important. There are 1st level, 2nd level, 3rd level and 4th level connections. 1st level connections are people you are currently connected with, 2nd level connections are connected with one of your current connections and so on. The closer you are to somebody, the more profile information you can see, and the easier it is to connect with them. The more shared connections you have with someone, the more likely they are to accept an invitation to connect. If there is someone really important you want to connect with, reach out to a mutual connection first and ask for an introduction. In the “real world” we all know this works great, but it also works online too; and that’s one of the most powerful things about LinkedIn. Think about who you might be able to connect with that might not be in your typical professional circle. It may be an old classmate, a neighbor or someone from church. You never know who might be able to put you in contact with that person, and that will make all the difference.
Now, before you go connecting with people like it’s Myspace in 2003, there is a caveat you need to consider. If you are connected with people who you would consider “competition”, then you could inadvertently be introducing your clients to your competition or at the very least, increasing the probability that they will connect. One of the wonderful things about CALSPro is that we work together as process serving and photocopy companies to help each other & I don’t want to minimize that; however it’s important to consider whom you want to connect with and if you would want them to see all of your other connections and everything you have posted on your profile. I personally connect with other private investigators and process serves & I have even hired several independent contractors because I found them using LinkedIn.
On LinkedIn, it’s important to join groups for the same reason it’s important to join groups in “real life”; because it helps us meet people and expand our professional network. The key here is to think about what kind of people you would like to meet & join groups that they would belong to. If you want to meet attorneys, join bar association type groups. If you are trying to meet process servers, join one of the many process server groups. There is a limit of 50 groups that any one person can join, so join as many as you can up to that point. If you do join a bunch of groups, make sure to go in and change the email notification settings; otherwise you will be inundated with emails.
CALSPro Technology Committee Member
As chairman of the technology it is my job to provide information and resources that enable CALSPro members and process servers to further educate themselves on all things technology. These items can range from things that merely make our jobs simpler to the downright necessary. Well, this is one of those moments where you need to take note and pay attention because it down right necessary.
I come across many articles on a daily basis and I have to decide, is this the one? Is this the kind of information that the membership cannot do without? Eventually I do find the topic that I just have to pass on. Such is the case with regard to “0day” (zero-day).
It has been discovered that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) is vulnerable to a massive security flaw that can harm your computer and network. The warning comes from the United States Department of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) and is echoed by the UK National Computer Emergency Response Team.
US-CERT has the following message posted on its website is as follows:
“US-CERT is aware of active exploitation of a use-after-free vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer. This vulnerability affects IE versions 6 through 11 and could allow unauthorized remote code execution.
US-CERT recommends that users and administrators review Microsoft Security Advisory 2963983 for mitigation actions and workarounds. Those who cannot follow Microsoft’s recommendations, such as Windows XP users, may consider employing an alternate browser.”
FireEye researchers have already said that a known gang of malicious hackers are already exploiting the previously unknown use-after-free vulnerability in targeted attacks per ARS Technica. The popular website also notes the following:
“The “zero-day” code-execution hole in IE versions 6 through 11 represents a significant threat to the Internet security because there is currently no fix for the underlying bug, which affects an estimated 26 percent of the total browser market. It’s also the first severe vulnerability to affect Windows XP users since Microsoft withdrew its support for the aging operating system earlier this month. Users who have the option of using an alternate browser should avoid all use of IE for the time being. Those who remain dependent on the Microsoft browser should immediately install EMET, Microsoft’s freely available toolkit that greatly extends the security of Windows systems.”
“Everybody should be moving off of it now. They should have done it months ago,” said Jeff Williams, director of security strategy with Dell SecureWorks.
It is my recommendation to you, as a concerned member of the association and as your Technology Chairman, that you immediately start using another internet browser until the Microsoft has completely resolved this issue. Alternative internet browser that I would suggest switching to in order of best security features are:
- Google’s Chrome (https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/)
- Mozilla’s FireFox (http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/)
- Opera Software’s Opera (http://www.opera.com/)
- Apple’s Safari (can be used on PC also) (http://support.apple.com/downloads/#safari)
(A list of alternative browsers can be found at:
Please do not take these warnings lightly. The potential risk or not taking action regarding these warnings could potentially cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. For additional information on “zero-day” and the security warnings please visit the following websites:
US Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/
CALSPro Director & Technology Chair
NOTICE OF CHANGE OF SAME-DAY FILING DEADLINE FOR DOCUMENTS DEPOSITED IN COURT DROP BOX
Effective April 21, 2014
Pursuant to California Rule of Court 2.210(a), drop boxes are currently provided outside each Clerk’s Office for filing papers or submitting payments.
Effective Monday, April 21, 2014, the same-day filing deadline for any document deposited in the court’s drop boxes will no longer be 5:00 p.m. Instead, any document deposited in the boxes up to and including 4:30 p.m. on a court business day is deemed to have been deposited for filing on that day. Any document deposited in the court’s drop box on a judicial holiday, or after 4:30 p.m. is deemed to have been deposited for filing on the next court business day.
An ever going part of process serving is the technology driving it and on April 8, 2014 Microsoft will end its support of the most successful operating system; Windows XP. XP continues to be the most popular operating system that Microsoft has ever released, with nearly 1/3 of all computers in the world still using it. Although XP will still continue to run on systems, process servers and photocopiers need to be aware of a few potential upcoming problems.
A main concern is the end of automatic updates, to include security updates. With security updates no longer available, a PC which has access to or contains HIPPA (E-PHI) protect information might not be in compliance after 4/8/14. Rule 164.308(a)(5)(ii)(B): “Protection from malicious software (Addressable). Procedures for guarding against, detecting, and reporting malicious software.” Although there is little definitive information on this, it appears that many in the healthcare fields are stating that XP systems (even 1 on the network) will no longer be in compliance after 4/8/14.
Another point to consider as 4/8/14 draws closer is what happens after Microsoft’s support ends. Many software vendors and hardware manufacturers will also stop supporting their programs and hardware. Meaning that less and less software options and drivers will be available for use on XP systems. More than likely any new software or hardware purchased will not be compatible with XP in the near future.
Now might be a good time to review your current operating systems and explore upgrading options. Although XP will still continue to work, it might be better to plan ahead and avoid the above issues down the road.
Technology Committee Member
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Our theme for the 45th Annual Conference was “eService – What’s Now? What’s Next?” A catchy theme name indeed… Catchy, perhaps, yet hidden behind that clever moniker lurks something sinister, at least one could certainly make that argument. One could also make the argument that there’s something provocative there, too. After all, this is California. We do ground breaking here as a matter of course. Disruption is our middle name. So, which is it, sinister or provocative?
It was at this Conference that we tried to answer those questions. As you know, we’ve focused heavily this year on eService. How it is affecting us now. How it could affect us in the future. Where do we fit in the process (sorry, it’s just a natural pun)? What can we do to remain relevant as technology hurls (flings, throws and chucks are other verbs that come to mind) us towards the precipice of electronic service of process? Many of us have spent countless hours on the phone, in meetings, in front of our computers and more, and what we’ve found is that today, there are really more questions then answers. That hasn’t stopped us however, from at least trying to better understand what those questions might be or, as they sometimes ask in the development world: What are the known unknowns? What are the unknown unknowns?
So, at our Conference in Tahoe, we set out, as an Association, to continue the discussion, answer some of those questions and devise a plan of attack. Saturday, October 5th, was the kick off. As chairman of the eService committee I was the host and moderator, so I started things off. Here is some of what I said:
…We are at a crossroads and it’s up to all of us to figure out which way to turn. That’s why we are here. That’s why the Conference Committee took the courageous step to devote so much time to this topic over the weekend. So WE can have the discussion. So WE can begin to formulate a plan. Today we’re going to hear from Jeff Karotkin, who has been telling us for many, many, years, that this day was coming. We’ll also hear from Ray Maranda, President of the Quebec Bailiff’s Association. Jeff’s going to give a bit of background about eFiling and eService, including the players, the courts and more. Perhaps he’ll even scare you a bit. Ray’s going to enlighten us about both his and his Association’s experiences. What’s happening today in Quebec and how they got there. He’ll give us a bit of advice too. Lastly, he’ll provide a glimpse into the Quebec’s Bailiff’s Assoc. application. Then, after lunch, I’ll talk briefly about existing code sections and rules. Some are eService related, and some aren’t, but perhaps could be. Then, the real fun starts! The part I’m most excited about: A bit of back and forth with our panel, and you, during the town hall portion of this event. I’m guessing we may leave the room today with perhaps more questions than answers but that’s okay, because we’re here to “begin to formulate a plan” [from the December 2012 motion]. Tomorrow, we meet again, after things have sunk in a bit. Hopefully after you’ve had a chance to yak with others over cocktails or craps. It will be a casual meeting and everyone is welcome. My ultimate goal this weekend is to be able to come away from this Conference with some direction. That direction, I hope, will either be, or become, marching orders for Steve [Janney] and the Legislative Committee.
Well, that sums up what we were about that weekend. Jeff did scare us a bit (perhaps a lot). Ray gave us some information about what his Association did; it was groundbreaking and very courageous I think. I put together what I hoped was a provocative fifteen or so minutes of areas we could perhaps “attack.” The panel (which consisted of Andy Estin, Steve Janney, Jeff Karotkin, Michael Kern, Tony Klein Ray Maranda and David Nill) and the audience had some great back and forth. And, the next morning, we brought it home. The new board and officers, along with the members in attendance, all joined together for what I called a whiteboard session. We brainstormed, we argued, we asked tough questions, and it all began to gel. We decided to tackle three things first:
- Our Best Practices and Core Values. What are they now? What has to be revised? Without some guiding principles, we decided, we couldn’t really move forward.
- What technology options are there in terms of some sort of eService portal (like the Quebec Bailiff’s Association has)? Do we want or need one? If so, should we build our own? Should we leverage an existing platform?
- We have to lead this effort or someone else will. How do we become the recognized central authority (think mandatory certification/licensing of all CA servers, for example) in CA?
From these three initiatives, if you will, three sub-committees were formed, all under the umbrella of the eService committee. Jeff Karotkin agreed to chair the Best Practices/Core Values sub-committee. The additional members of that committee are Jenny Blevins, Tom Bowman, Tony Klein, David Nill and Stephanie Sayler. Ken Hastings agreed to chair the eService Portal sub-committee. Joining him are Davis Best, Jenny Blevins, Wendy Bowman, Hope Peck and myself. Steve Janney, as Legislative Chair, will head up the Certification/Licensing sub-committee. The other members of that sub-committee are Tom Alkema, Chad Barger, Wendy Bowman, Cliff Jacobs, Larry Kirlin, Tony Klein, Hope Peck and Maya Solis.
We also agreed that these sub-committees would have to get active very quickly, and report back to the Board on their progress, very soon. We wanted to keep things moving forward, and more importantly, we realized that time was our enemy. So, we set up a two-hour conference call, to be held Friday, November 8th. I’m writing this article the weekend after that meeting and I’m happy to report that everyone continues to do their part, as evidenced by the reports and discussion that took place. We still have a lot of work to do but as Wendy and I agreed when we spoke just after the meeting, it’s wonderful that we are having this dialogue!
What’s next, you ask? Well, at the December Board meeting in San Jose we’re going to make some decisions as the sub-committees have been tasked with coming to that meeting with recommendations on which the Board can vote. And, that’s where you come in, my fellow member. Do you have something to say about all of this? Do you want to participate? Do you want to hear what’s going on? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then you need to be at that meeting. We hope to see you there because we’re at a crossroads and together we can figure out which way we should turn!
–by Mark Schwartz, Chairman, eService Committee
For the right person, becoming a registered process server is a career decision that can have immediate benefits. Better still, it is relatively inexpensive and does not require any particular educational degree, prior certification, or test.
5 Steps to Become a California Registered Process Server
If you already serve more than 10 legal papers a year, you are required under California State law to become a registered process server. If you seek to become a registered process server, you must have lived in California for one year and complete the 5 simple steps below:
1. Complete the Registration Form
Go to your County Clerk or Recorder’s Office to obtain a registration form. Complete the form, but do not sign it until you are in front of the Clerk’s or Recorder’s representative.
You are required to be fingerprinted. You cannot be a registered process server with a felony conviction, unless you have a certificate of rehabilitation, expungement of your record, or a pardon.
Note, there are two possible fingerprinting methods; check with your county about which method is accepted there. The fees for this fingerprinting function are generally no more than about $80, and can be less.
3. $2,000 Bond or Cash Equivalent
You must post a $2,000 bond, which can be obtained from an insurance or surety company for about $50. Alternatively, you may be able to post a $2,000 cash bond.
You will need two passport photographs.
In addition to the fingerprinting fees, there is a basic fee of $134.00 to complete the registration process. Some counties may charge additional amounts.
Completing the Process
After taking care of steps 1-5, go to the County Clerk’s or Recorder’s Office to appear before an official to deliver the registration form, the fingerprint forms, the bond, passport photos, and fees. You will need a valid photo ID.
Since each county may have special or additional forms, rules, and fees, check ahead.
Source: California Business and Professions Code sections 22350 – 22360
Please bust out your favorite team jerseys or bowling shirts for Friday night at Tahoe Bowl! This is a sporting event and you may want to participate by looking “sporty”. If you plan to be a team player, please spread the word to your fellow team mates to adopt the look! You have a chance to beat your opponents on the lanes, and also on the “Best Dressed” list!
eService – What’s Now? What’s Next?
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- Educational Events pertaining to our industry and business practices
- Special Guest Speaker: Ray Louis Maranda President of the Quebec Chamber of Bailiffs
- General Business Meeting
- Election of the board of directors and officers
- The annual Jack Janney Memorial Gold Tournament on Friday, October 4th.
Friday Night Festivities at the Tahoe Bowl – Where you longer need to be a golfer to be a Sports Hero! Begin challenging your opponents, make alliances, and hit the bowling lanes! Enjoy the 11th Frame Diner, Lane 17 Sports Bar, and a great party atmosphere. They play rockin’ great music and everyone can have a good time (strikes not required, but they help). Friday Night – Oct 4th, 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Safety First! Shuttle transportation provided to and from the hotel to the bowling alley (2 miles)