OKLAHOMA PRIVATE PROCESS SERVER ASSOCIATION
CODE OF ETHICS

OKSPPSA
5103 S. SHERIDAN, #515
TULSA, OK 74145

EACH MEMBER AGREES TO ABIDE BY THE PROVISIONS AND PRINCIPLES SET FORTH WHEN
DEALING WITH CLIENTS, THE GENERAL PUBLIC, PUBLIC OFFICIALS, ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
AND ASSOCIATES IN BUSINESS AS FOLLOWS:

I. DUTIES TO CLIENTS, GENERAL PUBLIC, AND LEGAL ENTITIES

ALL WORK PERFORMED SHALL BE PERFORMED IN A LAWFUL, PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL
MANNER. IN THE CONDUCT OF A MEMBER’S PROFESSIONAL AND NON-PROFESSIONAL
ACTIVITIES, NOTHING SHALL BE DONE THAT WOULD IMPUGN THE POSITION, REPUTATION, OR
NAME OF THIS ASSOCIATION, IT’S MEMBERS, OR THE PROCESS SERVING PROFESSION.
EVERYTHING POSSIBLE SHALL BE DONE TO AVOID AN APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY AND TO
PROTECT THE RIGHTS, INTEREST AND CONFIDENTIALITY OF CLIENTS, ENTITIES BEING
SERVED, AND THE LEGAL PROFESSION AS A WHOLE.

II. PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

A. MEMBERS SHALL KEEP CURRENT AND KNOWLEDGEABLE OF THE LAWS AND RULES ON
SERVICE OF PROCESS.
B. MEMBERS SHOULD NEVER GIVE LEGAL ADVICE. MEMBERS SHALL HANDLE ALL LEGAL
DOCUMENTS WITH CARE AND SAFEGUARD THEIR PRESERVATION.
C. MEMBERS SHALL NEVER ATTEMPT TO DECIDE THE MERITS OF A LAWSUIT.
D. MEMBERS SHOULD NEVER USE PROFANITY OR VULGARITY IN THE PERFORMANCE OF
THEIR DUTIES.
E. MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PROMOTE IN A POSITIVE MANNER THE PROFESSION
AND ENCOURAGE MEMBERSHIP, EDUCATION, PARTICIPATION AND FELLOWSHIP WITHIN
THE ASSOCIATION.
F. MEMBERS SHALL TREAT EACH OTHER IN A COURTEOUS, PROFESSIONAL, AND ETHICAL
MANNER.
G. MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO REPORT ANY UNETHICAL OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT BY ANY
PROCESS SERVER OR ANY COMPANY ENGAGED IN THE SERVICE OF PROCESS.

III. CERTIFICATION AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS

EACH MEMBER AGREES TO COMPLY WITH AND KEEP CURRENT DURING THE TENURE OF
HIS/ HER MEMBERSHIP ALL NECESSARY CERTIFICATIONS, COURT ORDERS, BUSINESS
LICENSES, BONDS, PERMITS AND ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS MANDATED BY LAW FOR
DELIVERING PROCESS IN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA.

IV. REPRESENTATION OF THE ASSOCIATION

NO MEMBER SHALL MAKE ANY REPRESENTATION OR SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THIS
ASSOCIATION WITHOUT PRIOR AUTHORIZATION FROM ITS PRESIDENT OR BOARD OF
DIRECTORS.

V. EXCHANGE WORK

A. GENERAL: EACH MEMBER AGREES TO HANDLE WORK SENT TO HIM/ HER BY ANOTHER
MEMBER IN A PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL MANNER. EACH MEMBER SHALL COMPLY WITH ALL INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN BY THE MEMBER OR AGENCY. ALL DOCUMENTS SHALL BE
RETURNED AS REQUESTED IN A TIMELY MANNER UPON COMPLETION OF EACH JOB.
B. CONTACTING CLIENTS: IT IS UNETHICAL FOR A MEMBER TO CONTACT ANOTHER
MEMBER’S CLIENT UNLESS SPECIFICALLY DIRECTED TO DO SO. SHOULD A MEMBER BE
ASKED TO CONTACT ANOTHER MEMBER’S CLIENT, HE/ SHE SHALL NOT SOLICIT FUTURE
BUSINESS, QUOTE THEIR RATES, OR OFFER PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS TO THE OTHER
MEMBER’S CLIENT.
C. AFFIDAVITS/ PROOFS OF SERVICE: ALL DOCUMENTS SHALL RE RETURNED TIMELY
UPON COMPLETING THE WORK ORDER. IF A PROOF OF SERVICE IS PROVIDED BY THE
SENDING PARTY, IT IS MANDATORY THAT THE SERVING PARTY USE THAT PROOF AND FILL IT
OUT IN THE MANNER REQUESTED.

VI. AGREEMENTS AND CONTRACTS

EACH MEMBER AGREES TO HONOR ALL AGREEMENTS AND CONTRACTS, WRITTEN OR
VERBAL, MADE WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THIS ASSOCIATION.
VII. FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
EACH MEMBER AGREES TO PROMPTLY PAY FOR SERVICES RENDERED BY ANOTHER MEMBER
UNLESS OTHER SPECIFIC ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE.

VIII. ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY

A MEMBER, WHO IS NOT AN OWNER OF THE FIRM FOR WHICH HE/ SHE WORKS, IS
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ETHICAL CONDUCT OF THAT FIRM, OR BUSINESS, AND ITS
EMPLOYEES.


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