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Can Legal Documents Be Put in a Mailbox?

“Can’t I just leave it in their mailbox?”

It’s a question we get all the time. It makes sense…that’s where people receive important documents and notices, so why not also use it to deliver court process?

Well, the reality is that there is absolutely no circumstance where it’s okay to put the legal process in an intended recipient’s mailbox. In Florida, it is preferred for process to be delivered by hand, in person. Even when it cannot be delivered by hand, it is still not okay for it to just be placed in someone’s mailbox…there are procedures that must be followed to serve a person when they cannot be found in person. Continue reading

Frequently Asked Questions About Process Serving

What is Process?

According to Cornell Law School, a process is a set or collection of documents relevant to a specific court case that are to be served to the defendant(s) named in the case. These papers often include a court summons and the complaint as filed by the plaintiff. When a process is for a witness or other person, the process may include a summons and subpoena.

What is Service of Process?

Cornell states that service of process is the process by which defendants named in court proceedings are given adequate notice of those upcoming court dates. This is related to due process as mentioned in the 14th and 5th amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Due process ensures people have adequate time to prepare for a legal case against them. Continue reading

How Long Does It Take to Have My Papers Served?

When you file a legal complaint against another person with the Clerk of Court in Florida county, the countdown begins. It is now the plaintiff’s responsibility to assure that the parties mentioned in the lawsuit and court summons are notified appropriately. In order to comply with this notification requirement, you must provide it by a law enforcement officer or approved private process server.

Deadlines

Summons & Complaints

The plaintiff has 120 days (approximately 4 months) from the date of filing to serve the named defendant(s) with the summons and complaint. For all the guidelines on how process may be served, see Florida’s state laws governing process servers (there are a few!). Continue reading

How Many Times Can a Process Server Come to Your House?

Service of process is the task of formally delivering legal documents to a person or organization. The process server will attempt to deliver the documents to the individual or organization named on the documents if possible. If after several attempts the process is not successfully served, then process servers may resort to leaving the documents with another adult on the premises, or serving by publication in a local newspaper. 

Multiple Service Attempts

If the process server cannot find you on the first service attempt, they will make several more attempts before requesting permission from a judge to serve you by substitution or publication. How many service attempts a process server makes is dependent on several variables, including: Continue reading

Mistakes to Avoid When Process Serving

When you’re working as a process server, there’s a lot to remember. You have to keep the cases you’re working on separated, remember vital information about targets, file proofs with the courts, and notify clients of the status of their specific cases. It’s no wonder that organization is one of the key characteristics of great process servers! Organized process servers avoid making mistakes that could add extra time and cost to their client’s cases, such as:

Allowing Your Certification to Lapse

In Leon County, all process servers must either be appointed and approved by the local Sheriff or certified by Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit. This approval/certification must be renewed at certain intervals to remain valid. If you forget to renew your approval/certification, all the services you provide will be invalid. Continue reading

The Importance of a Process Server in Legal Matters

What do you think of when you envision a process server? Do you see someone dressed in a suit and tie, serving process with an air of authority? Or do you see something more Pineapple Express-ish, with a lazy slacker dressing up in disguises to fool unwitting targets?

No matter what you envision, the fact is that process servers provide an essential legal service for everyone living in the U.S.

Functions of a Process Server

Process servers deliver paperwork related to court cases to the individuals and businesses that they are concerned with, along with information about upcoming court dates. Recipients could be defendants in a legal case, or simply witnesses or subject matter experts. No matter who it is, process servers make sure they get the information they need when they need it. Continue reading

April Newsletter 2022

Message from the Founder

We have great news in the process serving world in regards to service of process originating from the great state of Michigan.  The Governor signed Senate Bill 244 into law on March 23, 2022.  The law will go into effect 180 days from that date, so September 20, 2022.

What does the Bill say and what changes will take place? The main change in this Bill is the change of the current requirement of needing Affidavits of Service to only requiring a written Statement of Service, or a Return of Service that does not need to be notarized. A Return of Service is without notary and an Affidavit of Service has a notary block on it.

If you are an Attorney in Michigan, this article is a Heads Up for you. If you start seeing Returns of Service for MI cases now, that is not good. But, if you start seeing them closer to the end of the year, just know that it is proper at that point (after 9-20-22).

The entire Bill is attached for your viewing pleasure.

Beau Charlet
https://www.theaccurateservefranchise.com/

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FRANCHISEE: PLANTATION

Bring on the sunshine! Spring is here and as it does every year it brings a change of seasons. Out with the old and in with the new for 2022! This year Accurate Serve® Plantation has a big change to share as well. There has been a change in ownership and management for the Plantation office. Moving forward, when you reach out to our Plantation office you will be greeted by myself and my team. I personally have over 8 years of experience in the industry and operating Accurate Serve® Offices. My team oversees offices throughout Fort Myers, Port St. Lucie, Dallas and Houston and I am excited to extend our customer services into the Miami area.

There will be no changes to the way that you send us work. You can email the documents for service to [email protected] or submit the work through our websites ‘send work’ tab here www.accurateserveplantation.com/sendwork

What you can expect moving forward is, friendly and professional customer service, timely responses to emails/phone calls and updates on jobs. Quick turnaround on signed returns/affidavits.

Accurate Serve® Plantation is revamped for the 2022 year and I am excited to work with our current and new clients down the road. My office is here for any of your processing serving needs, no matter the location of service you can email us the documents. My team will always confirm receipt of your emails and we will keep you updated on our progress for each job.

If you are a current customer, THANK YOU! Your business is greatly appreciated and I have enjoyed meeting you through phone and email conversations. If you have used our services in the past, please contact us the next time you are in need of service in order to meet our new team. I look forward to assisting Attorneys and Paralegals alike with your process serving needs and earning your business.

Thank you,

Brandon Muscato
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Call (954) 770-9997

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Did you know that FL courts started e-filing on 4-1-13?  That was close to 9 years ago. Before e-filing, we would walk stacks of cases into the Clerk’s office and let them stamp and file everything with hard copies. Those sure were different times.
Word of the Month: Intersperse – to insert or place at intervals
M A R C H
3/13 – Daylight Savings Time
3/17 – Happy St. Patricks Day!
3/20 – First Day of Spring
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Tampa, FL
February 2022 Job Statistics

February 2022 Job Count – 4,045
Average Number of Days from Receiving Paper to Paper Being Served* – 6.04

*This includes jobs that may be on hold or waiting for new info. There is no way to take those jobs out of the calculation. So, if a job is placed on hold for 2 weeks, that’s 14 days on that job which factors in to this average. So, we’re even better than what the eyes see, LOL. Some papers get served same day, some next day and some take multiple attempts/addresses to effect service. All we do all day and every day is serve papers. We’re good at it and we love what we do. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to continue to serve your papers.

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Why You Need to Hire a Process Server

You may be wondering if you really need to hire a process server to deliver legal notices and case paperwork. It can be tempting to try to save some money in the budget by serving these documents yourself or hiring an uncertified server. Don’t do it! Not using a reputable, certified process server can have some severe consequences for your case!

Using a certified private process server is always a great idea because:

It’s the Law

In Florida, many legal documents, including court summons and subpoenas, must be served by either a certified private process server or law enforcement. If you use a process server that is not properly approved and certified, your entire case could be dismissed and you would need to completely restart the filing process. This will take extra time and add expenses to your case. Continue reading

February Newsletter 2022

Message from the Founder

Fore!!
One of the 2 official Accurate Serve® golf teams were in full swing last week. We had the privilege to play in the 7th Annual Lakeland Bar Association Golf Tournament.  The AS team consisted of Beau Charlet (me), Ty Hurner, Derek Keating and Cameron Cole.
The AS team was 1 of 12 teams that competed that day.  We were proud to shoot a 67, 5 under par.  This was a best ball tournament so I contributed more in the laughter department rather than the skill portion but I did put a great team together that could really swing the clubs.  Our team fell 4 strokes off the lead, see below results:
1st: Drew Moody; Taylor Rogers; Barrett Sumner; and Robbie VanDruten
2nd: Kevin Albaum; Zach Brown; John Lancaster; and Brad Stainsby
3rd: Zach Sellars; Tony Allen; Steve Runfeldt; and JP Runfeldt

And the Long Drive Award went to: Dave Dismuke

This was the 2nd year our team competed in this tournament.  Although we have yet to win, we have never failed to have a great time.
Cheers!!

Beau Charlet
https://www.theaccurateservefranchise.com/

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FRANCHISEE: HOUSTON

As we get through the late stages of our winter months Accurate Serve® Houston would like to continue providing new clients with a warm welcome and a team that is on fire when it comes to serving process.

For the month of January our office had an average of 4.5 days from when we received a job to when it was served. Our routine service is attempted every 2-4 days, so this average shows that the majority of our jobs are served within 1-2 attempts. Once a job is served our team is getting the signed returns back to our clients within a day, on average. These are numbers that I am proud to share as our team works hard to provide the best service possible. Even then, we will continue to work on getting these averages lower.

If you have worked with our team and enjoyed the experience there are two things you can do that would be a huge help to our office. First, google review. Your positive feedback would be greatly appreciated and allows us to share with the world the 5 star service we want to provide all of our clients. A Google review can be left here – www.accurateservehouston.com/review

Second, refer us to a friend/colleague. We would love the opportunity to speak with any Attorney, Paralegal or Pro Se that you know and have the opportunity to earn their business. The best way to refer to our office is, have them call and let us know that you sent them our way, or make an email introduction. Both of these methods provide a great way for my office to introduce ourselves and let the potential client know about our services and how we can help them.

P.S. – Accurate Serve® Houston is looking for a local Paralegal Association to sponsor. I have had no luck contacting anyone from the association I have reached out to. If you know of someone I can reach from the Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association or another association in the area please send me that contact information.

Knock knock knock… You’ve been served!

Brandon Muscato
Need our help?
Call (346) 226-3111
or
Email [email protected]

FRANCHISEE: DETROIT

Accurate Serve® of Detroit opened for Business October of 2020 coming up on 16months. It was off to a tough start in the Motor City having a lot of business with the Law Firms and the Courts being done from home on ZOOM calls. We have grown and adapted with our clients and as a company since that time. While the Courts houses are still closed indefinitely in some of our locations we are able to combat that with appointments, emails, and phone calls. The Courts have worked really well with us getting out of state subpoenas for these cases. Being able to mail them in and being able to have a server go pick them up. Our clients have recognized that we are able to overcome, adapt, and be successful during these difficult times with COVID-19. We will continue to use all of our available resources moving forward to accomplish the task at hand.

Another key to the success of the Detroit Office lies in our 40 plus franchises that are operating prior to opening this office. The wealth of knowledge, experience, and integrity have helped shape the values and success of Accurate Serve® of Detroit. Rest assured If I do not have the answer, I will be more than happy to let you know I don’t, but I will get you the answer from the correct and reliable sources.

We have grown a lot in the last 16 months and look to continue to spread our wings into the future. We look to be more involved in Wayne and Oakland county with our clients. We are looking forward to understanding these needs in a constantly changing future to better serve you.

Take care,

Erik Devlin
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Call (313) 385-3703
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Did you realize that we had 2 days in the month of February where every digit of the date was the same number? 2-2-22 and 2-22-22. These dates are also referred to as palindrome dates. A palindrome date reads the same backward or forward.
Word of the Month: Yen – A strong desire, urge or craving for something.
F E B R U A R Y
2/14 – Happy Valentine’s Day
American Heart Month
Black History Month
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St. Augustine, FL
Orange Park, FL
January 2022 Job Statistics

January 2022 Job Count – 4,047
Average Number of Days from Receiving Paper to Paper Being Served* – 5.9

*This includes jobs that may be on hold or waiting for new info. There is no way to take those jobs out of the calculation. So, if a job is placed on hold for 2 weeks, that’s 14 days on that job which factors in to this average. So, we’re even better than what the eyes see, LOL. Some papers get served same day, some next day and some take multiple attempts/addresses to effect service. All we do all day and every day is serve papers. We’re good at it and we love what we do. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to continue to serve your papers.

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Is it Legal For Process Servers to Serve Papers through Social Media?

Social media is entrenched in controversy these days. From accusations of misinformation campaigns spurring political violence to privacy concerns, it seems that the golden age of sharing what you ate for dinner is coming to an end. As governments and regulators crackdown on what is allowed on social media and who is responsible for the outcome, many wonder what the future of this industry holds and how it will affect them.

Process serving is generally somewhat stuck in the past, with most service still required in person, notices still published in print newspapers, and some areas that even allow a paper sign posted near the courthouse door over a post on a popular social media platform. While this may sound absurd, there are some solid reasons for keeping the service of process off social media sites, including privacy concerns, security issues, and lack of return receipt. Continue reading