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Why Process Servers are Essential in the Legal Process

If you’ve ever been served by a process server, you’ve probably wondered why the court uses them in the first place. Can’t anyone deliver paperwork? Well, the truth is, process servers accomplish a lot more than just handing off court documents to their intended recipient. You’ll likely be surprised to know process servers uphold one of our nation’s fundamental civil rights, along with keeping the court system flowing as smoothly as possible. In this post, we’ll discuss why process servers are so important to our country’s and state’s legal system.

Process Servers Give Everyone Time to Prepare

A process server’s main job is to deliver court paperwork to all parties involved. This paperwork must be delivered within a specific timeline. Process servers ensure that all paperwork makes it to its intended destination well within the set deadline, giving the case litigants and witnesses ample time to prepare their defense/testimony. If process servers did not serve court documents in this manner, many court dates would be missed, possibly with costly results for whoever didn’t realize they had to appear in court. Continue reading

Why You Should Use a Process Server Instead of a Local Sheriff

Georgia state law requires that all court process be served by either a certified private process server, like those here at Accurate Serve® of Atlanta, or by law enforcement. While it may seem convenient to request service by law enforcement while filing your case at the courthouse, this isn’t always the best option. In this post, we’ll discuss the benefits of using a private, certified process server to handle your case process instead of taking up law enforcement resources.

Dedication

Process servers have a very specific job–serving process. They work with the laws and rules governing the process service industry here in Georgia every day. Unlike law enforcement, process servers don’t spend large portions of their days engaged in tasks unrelated to process service. Even when process servers do other tasks, they are typically related to the process service industry, such as skip tracing or diligent searches. Police officers simply cannot devote the same time and effort to serving process as a private server, and quite frankly, we feel their time is better used in other areas. Whether you’re an attorney for a large firm or an individual filing a single case, you deserve the dedication that only a private process server can provide. Continue reading

How Dangerous is Process Serving?

Process serving is a very adaptable and laid-back career that is perfect for those who don’t want to be confined to a chair all day. But did you know that process servers have an extremely hazardous job? Some of the biggest threats to process servers include:

Violence

The main concern of process service is, as you might expect, violent recipients of process. Process servers have been assaulted and even murdered by enraged defendants upset about their legal case. Continue reading

Can Process Servers Legally Lie?

Process servers are people who deliver legal documents to defendants or other individuals involved in a court case. They must follow specific laws, rules, and regulations when serving process, which strictly prohibits lying about who they are or the purpose of their visit, disguising themselves as someone else or using props. While process servers cannot break the law, they sometimes have to get creative to carry out their duties.

Lying of Any Kind is Not Allowed

A process server must be completely honest about their identity and purpose for visiting the person they’re attempting to serve. This means that process servers cannot pretend to be someone else, such as a law enforcement officer or a friend of the person being served. Additionally, process servers in Georgia are not allowed to wear a disguise while carrying out their duties. Continue reading

3 Tips for Choosing a Process Server

You’ve filed your civil case or lawsuit in Fulton County Court and received the official court summons…now what?

It’s time to serve the defendants named in the case with the summons and complaint. To do so, you’ll need to either use Fulton County’s law enforcement servers or find a private process server.

If you’ve never hired a private process server before, you may not know what to ask or look for. In this post, we’ll go over our top three tips on finding the best process server for the job (Spoiler alert: Accurate Serve® of Atlanta has the best process servers in Fulton County, hands down!) Continue reading

4 Reasons to Hire a Professional Process Server

If you’re an individual filing a civil lawsuit in Atlanta or an attorney at a firm that handles hundreds of cases per year, you’re going to have to serve the case defendants properly for your case to proceed in court. 

Using a professional, reputable process server is recommended because they are:

Credible

In Atlanta, using a process server who is certified by the 5th Judicial Administrative District is required for the service to be legal. In order to be certified in the 5th district, process servers must: 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
Email serve@accurateserveplantation.com

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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
Office Anniversaries
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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Reasons Why Your Process Server Can’t Locate Their Mark

When the process server you’ve hired is having a difficult time locating the process’ intended recipient, you may be left wondering how long it is going to take to find them. With court deadlines looming, not being able to find a party in your case is very frustrating. However, there are several reasons why a process server might not be able to find their target:

Outdated Information

One of the most common reasons why a process recipient can be difficult to locate is because the information the process server has is outdated. This information can come from whoever hired the process server, online records, court records, or other sources. When the most current information available for a person is outdated and incorrect, the process server must use other methods to try to locate the person, which takes significantly more time. 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 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
Email erik@accurateservedetroit.com

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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
Office Anniversaries
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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We Are Proud Sponsors of:
Copyright © 2022 Accurate Serve, All rights reserved.

Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Process Server

Once your case is filed and a summons is issued, it’s time to find a process server to deliver the relevant documents to the parties of the case. When searching for a process server to handle your firm’s process service needs, it’s vital that you ask the following questions to ensure you’re using a legitimate, reputable service, like Accurate Serve® of Atlanta:

Are you an approved process server by the Superior Court of Fulton County?

Only court-approved individuals are allowed to serve process here in Atlanta. The Superior Court of Fulton County handles all process server applications, renewals, training, and more. Click here for a list of currently approved process servers in Fulton County. Continue reading

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