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Avoiding Delays in Divorce Proceedings

A divorce can be a lengthy and costly process, in addition to being wrought with emotional turmoil. If you are in a position in which you are filing for divorce, you likely want it to be over as quickly as possible. Besides filing the petition for your divorce, the first step is serving your spouse with divorce papers. How this is done is important, and it could determine how quickly you could have your divorce finalized.

Requirements for Serving Divorce Papers

You are not able to serve divorce papers to your spouse on your own. Divorce papers must be served by the sheriff or a registered process server. You can get a list of registered process servers from the court clerk, or you can contact us for more information about how we can help you. All of our process servers are certified by the courts.

Divorce papers also must be served directly to the respondent. They cannot be left with any other party. It is important that the process server you use understands the law regarding how divorce papers are served. The process server should verify the respondent’s identity using methods approved by the courts before leaving the divorce papers with that individual.

The Advantage of a Private Process Server

While you can use the sheriff’s department to serve your divorce papers, it is often much faster to have them served with a private process server. The sheriff’s department serves papers similar to a side gig. They have many other responsibilities that come first. That means there could be delays in serving your papers.

In addition, if your spouse is frequently not at home or hard to find, the sheriff’s department is not able to accommodate specific requests. For example, if your spouse has moved but you know they can be served at work between 8 and 5, there is no guarantee that the sheriff can deliver the papers at that location at the appropriate time. A private process server can accommodate these requests so the papers can be served quickly.

Avoid delays in your divorce proceedings by using an experienced and professional Florida process server. Contact us today for more information and rates.

January Newsletter

Message from the Founder

To the Power of 10

Happy New Year!!!! 2019 marks an important year for us here at Accurate Serve. Accurate Serve was founded in Lakeland, FL in 2009.  So, this is our 10th year in business, proudly serving the legal community. Accurate Serve has grown from a one man operation serving 624 papers in Year 1 to over 35 offices in FL (and 1 in AL) and 54,342 papers served in 2018. Our team of Owners/Operators are dedicated to the profession. We truly understand the role we play in the legal process and the importance of getting individuals and businesses served quickly and accurately.

The more offices we add, the better we can serve you.  In 2019, we have big plans on expansion. Firstly, our S FL offices have branched down into the Keys and should be opening a Monroe office shortly. We have 3 markets left in FL that we hope to open soon once we find the right Owner/Operators: Accurate Serve of Gainesville, Accurate Serve of Lake City and Accurate Serve of Panama City. After that, our next goal is Accurate Serve of Charlotte, NC, Accurate Serve of Atlanta, GA and Accurate Serve of Washington DC.

While not every serve is as easy as 1-2-3, since we have served so many papers over the years, we know how to respond in every situation. You can put your trust in us to serve your papers quickly and accurately. You can put your trust in us to always work hard to get the job done. We look forward to the continued opportunity to earn your business and the trust you have placed with us for your service needs.

Warmest regards,
Beau Charlet

Franchisee Spotlight: Fort Myers

What a year 2018 was! Accurate Serve Fort Myers had its best year yet, serving a record number of jobs throughout the state & nation as well as creating new business relationships within our community and most importantly giving back to the community.
This month we want to remind you that we are not just here for your local services within the 20th circuit but we also specialize in Statewide, Nationwide and International Service. We have trusted servers throughout the nation who serve our documents to Florida Statutes, quickly and accurately. Using our office for nationwide service allows you to keep one contact for all of your serving needs and in doing so, you will be updated on all of our efforts as well as job completion. Just like serving within the state we will provide you with the return of service for e-filing once it is signed.
Our limitations of service do not stop at the national borders. Our office has served multiple individuals outside of the United States, both through the Hague Convention as well as through private process servers, so we can walk you through the steps and keep you informed on the process. When you have to serve someone internationally you can simply reach out to our office, or your local Accurate Serve Office, to provide us with the location of service and the document size so that we can give you an accurate quote. The location simply does not matter as we have successfully served multiple people throughout Canada, South America, Central America, Ireland, Germany, China, England and Japan. If we have to translate the documents to be served we can do that too, just get us the docs so we can get you a quote on translation! Do not let location of service stop you from contacting your local Accurate Serve office as we are always ready to help our clients complete a job no matter where the subject may be located.

One of the biggest accomplishments in 2018 for Owner Brandon Muscato was the amount of support that we received for the Hurricane Food Drive in which Accurate Serve teamed up with the Mid West Food Bank of SWFL. The drive started after Hurricane Florence devastated our neighbors in and around N.C. In a three week period our local clients in the 20th Circuit brought in more than $7500 of food and cleaning supplies to help those individuals. Our efforts were actually so persistent that when Hurricane Michael hit the Pan Handle we were able to reroute over $2k of those collected goods to people in need after Michael as well. Actions like this and being able to bring our community together to help others in need is what truly makes owning and operating a business worthwhile. Brandon will continue to be involved with the community through his Rotary Club, other non for profits and random acts of kindness. We are beyond thankful for the support we received in 2018 and look forward to what 2019 and the upcoming years have in store.

Need our help?
Call (239) 822-7299 or
Email [email protected]

Photos From Our Food Drive
Visit the Fort Myers Website

We added a new “Find Your AS Office” feature on our franchise website. It’s a fun little tool that allows new prospective clients to quickly find the correct Accurate Serve location to contact for their service needs. If you are a new client, or established, check out the button and play around with it, it’s really cool!

January Dates to Remember

1/1/15 Opened Kissimmee and Lake Mary offices
1/1/16 Opened Naples Office
1/1/16 Opened Plantation Office
1/1/17 Opened Ft. Walton Beach & Milton offices
1/1/17 Opened Palm Coast Office
1/1/17 Opened West Palm Beach Office
1/1/17 Opened Daytona Beach Office
1/1/17 Opened St. Petersburg
1/1/17 Opened New Port Richey Office
“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” – Brad Paisley
December 2018 Job Statistics

December 2018 Job Count – 4,259

Average Number of Days from Receiving Paper to Paper Being Served* – 4.7

*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.


Don’t Let Your Lawsuit Suffer from Mishandled Paperwork

Keanu K. Krause of Hilo, Hawaii was recently arrested on a number of charges including unauthorized entry to a motor vehicle, third-degree theft, three counts of second-degree theft, and four counts of unauthorized control of a stolen vehicle. However, after his most recent court hearing, a paperwork mix-up led to Krause’s unintentional release from prison. According to Deputy Prosecutor Rick Damerville, “After his most recent court hearing, the sheriffs took him back to HCCC without the court’s bail order… Without the paperwork, the jail didn’t have the authority to hold him.” Continue reading

The Importance of Using an Accredited FAPPS Process Server

When you have an important legal matter to handle, you deserve to know that all essential legal documents are served and delivered with precision, efficiency, and speed. There are many process servers throughout the state of Florida, but only process servers who are accredited through the Florida Association of Professional Process Servers have the qualifications that help them go above and beyond to provide excellent service. Continue reading

Understanding Everything Your Court Papers Contain

When you hear a knock at your door, you assume it is a friend, family member, or even UPS delivery person. But when you open the door to find a process server standing on your porch, you might feel a dramatic swing of emotions like stress, anger, fear, and confusion. The process server will hand you court documents that indicate your involvement in a court case, and it will be your responsibility to read those documents and understand the content inside. Continue reading

Can Process Servers Access Gated Communities?

Many high-end communities across Florida have gated entries, especially the neighborhoods where retirees like to settle. The residents of these communities pay extra Homeowner’s Association fees in order to benefit from the extra privacy that gated entrances offer, and part of that privacy has for many years included an escape from process servers. This means that foreclosure notices, divorce papers, ticket summons, and other important legal documents cannot be delivered to their intended recipients at home. Continue reading

The Supreme Court Weighs in on Process to Foreign Defendants

globeA trial held in the Texas Court of Appeal, Fourteenth District has been brought to the Supreme Court for resolution, and the Supreme Court is now expected to make a decision regarding process to foreign defendants that will impact federal court cases as well. The original court case, Menon v. Water Splash, Inc. involved Menon attempting to appeal her trial court’s default judgment against her after she failed to answer service of process. Continue reading

The Unique Nature of Serving Papers on Native American Reservations

 Unlike standard American neighborhoods throughout the country, Native American reservations function under their own set of laws. The incredibly complicated past of the Native Americans, particularly in correlation with colonization and Western Expansionism, culminated in Native Americans and their reservations being placed under the direct control and power of the federal government. This is a stark contrast to other U.S citizens, who answer to their state governments for most matters. This relationship with the federal government means that service of process on an Indian reservation requires a special set of approaches.
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Four Reasons You Might Need to Hire a Process Server

Accurate Serve Counties of ServiceThere are plenty of professionals that you are familiar with paying in order to complete some type of task for you: a landscaper, a party planner, and a plumber, for instance. But what about a process server? Until you need a process server, you may not even realize the job exists! Process servers serve many crucial roles, and when it comes to lawsuits, you may find yourself needing their help for any of the following reasons.

First- What is a Process Server? Continue reading

Wells Fargo Works to Minimize Legal Trouble

wellsThings haven’t been pretty for Wells Fargo Bank lately. Trouble began in the fall when federal regulators ordered the bank to pay nearly $200 million in fines as a response to the discovery that Wells Fargo employees had secretly created millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts without customer approval. This secret account and card opening had been occurring since 2011, tricking customers into paying fines on accounts they didn’t even know they had in their name. Continue reading