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How to Spot Fake or Fraudulent Process Servers

Using a reputable process server to deliver your case process is important. Here in Florida, process servers must meet certain requirements in order for their work to be valid. Improper service of process can cause delays, extra expenses, and possibly even case dismissal. When you’re searching for a process server to handle your case, be sure to go over each item on our list below, so you can weed out the phonies.

Are they certified?

The state of Florida requires that all process servers be certified and approved by the judicial circuit that governs the area where they plan to work. Orange County, which includes Orlando, is governed by Florida’s 9th Judicial Circuit. Osceola County is also included in the 9th circuit. Anyone attempting to serve process in these counties that are not listed on the 9th judicial circuit’s approved process server list is acting fraudulently. Continue reading

Paperwork You Should Complete to File a Lawsuit in Orange County, Florida

Does someone in Orange County, Florida owe you money or damages? Then you’ll want to consider filing a civil lawsuit to have a judge determine if the accused is legally responsible. In this post, we’ll discuss how to file a civil lawsuit in Orange County, which includes the city of Orlando.

Where to File Your Lawsuit

In Florida, any individual, partnership, or corporation may file a civil suit against any other person, business, or even government entity. To do so, the person filing the suit, referred to as the plaintiff, must first determine which is the appropriate court to file the suit. This determination is solely based on the dollar amount of the claim, as shown below:
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What Time Can a Process Server Serve Papers

In Florida, process servers have a lot of discretion in terms of when they are allowed to serve process recipients. However, if you’re a new process server, you might be confused about best practices. We’ll go through the service times permitted for people and companies in this article, as well as an important restriction.

Serving an Individual

At Their Residence

There are no definite laws about when a process server can serve a person in their home, but common sense dictates that service should not be attempted before 6 a.m. or after 9 p.m. at a private residence. The time chosen should correspond to that person’s known schedule and when they would be most expected to be at home and awake. Serving someone when you are certain they are asleep has some ethical implications. Continue reading

Can a Process Server Serve Someone Other Than the Named Recipient?

Process servers are an important part of our legal system, delivering court documents to the appropriate person so that legal proceedings can move forward. In Florida, process servers are limited in who they can serve process on – the person or persons named in the paperwork must be served, no one else without prior approval. There are very specific procedures that must be followed in order to serve process on someone other than the named recipient and these procedures must be approved by a judge. If you are seeking to have process served on someone other than the named recipient, you will need to follow the proper procedures for service by substitution. This process can be complicated and it is important to have an experienced process server handle it for you. Continue reading

Tips to Serve Process Effectively

Organization, time management, and attention to detail are pillars of being a great process server. Inefficiency while serving process can cause costly delays. Instead, follow these tips and tricks to serve process as efficiently as possible:

Know the Rules

You can’t be efficient in your job serving process if you don’t know and play by the rules. Florida is one of the strictest states in the nation in terms of laws for process servers, so it is vital that you are familiar with not only state laws, but also laws that apply in the county or judicial circuit where you plan to work.  Continue reading

Why Your Law Firm Should Hire a Document Retrieval Company

If you work for a legal firm, you’ve likely heard of document retrieval services. In this post, we’ll go over the basics of document retrieval, including why your firm should utilize this efficient service to improve time management and profit margins.

What is Document Retrieval?

When you’re handling discovery for a legal case, there can be literally thousands of documents that your team needs to provide sufficient evidence and win your case. Document retrieval services handle requesting, retrieving, and verifying all of those documents, along with storing them for easy access or download. 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 serve@accurateserveplantation.com 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
Need our help?
Call (954) 770-9997

or
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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.
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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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The Responsibilities that Process Servers Have

Process servers perform an essential function that helps keep our entire country running smoothly. Process servers deliver all sorts of legal documents, including writs, summons, complaints, motions, termination of tenancy notices, eviction papers, and more. But it’s about a lot more than just handing off a court summons to an unhappy defendant. Process servers have much larger responsibilities with implications that reach far beyond their service area.

Process servers are charged with: 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
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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 serve@accurateservehouston.com

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
Need our help?
Call (313) 385-3703
or
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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.
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2/14 – Happy Valentine’s Day
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Black History Month
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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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Understanding the Process After Filing a Civil Complaint

If you feel that person or business owes you money as a result of their negligence or wrongdoing, you may want to file a civil complaint against them. In Orlando, the Orange County Civil Division Clerk of Court handles filing these types of cases.

How do I file a civil complaint?

To file a civil complaint, you must fill out the required paperwork, agree to a pretrial conference, and pay a filing fee. Once you have completed those steps, you will be issued a court date and summons to deliver to the accused defendant. Continue reading