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April Newsletter

Message from the Founder

Recent FAPPS Convention & Learning Opportunities

The Florida Association of Professional Process Servers (FAPPS) recently held their annual convention in Lake Mary, FL. The convention was well attended by the Accurate Serve family. Friday night’s reception leads in to the poker tournament where Team Member Josh Kes, from our Daytona Beach office, placed third. He has finished in the top 3, 2 of the past 3 years. Saturday’s events include educational classes, a luncheon and an awards ceremony concludes the evening. Congrats to Team Member Kevin Fedotov, from our Orlando and Ocala offices, who was elected to the Board of Directors. Way to go Kevin!!

The FAPPS weekend wraps up with a continuing education class, the AFPS class – Accredited FAPPS Process Server. It’s a designation our association awards to those who have demonstrated mastery of FL Statutes and Civil Procedure, the parts that are specifically pertain to process serving. Of the 25 attendees at the AFPS class, 9 of them were Accurate Serve representatives. Awesome work Team!!

As a transition to the above, we would like to let you know that we have partnered with Paralegal Association of Florida (PAF) as one of their Associate Sponsors. As part of our sponsorship, we will be creating 3 CLE opportunities for their state association. These will be hour long sessions that will be submitted to the Florida Bar for approval and then presented as a live or taped video and will be available to the entire paralegal association to earn CLEs.

Lastly – Wish us luck at next month’s NAPPS Convention – our AS team has entered a foursome in the golf tournament. We will update you on how we do next month.

Warmest regards,
Beau Charlet

Franchisee Spotlight: Pensacola

Walt Disney once said, “The more you are like yourself, the less you are like anyone else which makes you unique.”  At Accurate Serve of Pensacola, we pride ourselves on striving to provide the best quality of service in the business. We are in a special position that few other process servers can boast. We’re nestled right on the border of Florida and Alabama, allowing us to affect service in the greater Mobile, AL area in addition to our ability to serve the Emerald Coast of the Florida Panhandle. We’ve had the fortune of gaining the business of many wonderful clients in these areas, and their continued loyalty in business has allowed us to be prosperous and keep growing in our abilities to serve them. We work closely with our clients to ensure that they are satisfied beyond what is expected.

As 2019 marches on, we hope and plan to continue our growth in service ability and knowledge. So far this year we’ve already seen new highs for our office and worked harder than ever to ensure that we’re more than prepared to take on any challenges that may rear their heads on the day-to-day basis.

While we highlight our service in the Panhandle, our service abilities know no borders or bounds. We routinely affect service nationwide and will go above and beyond to keep our clients satisfied. We look forward to continued growth and prosperity through the remainder of 2019 and on.

– Brennan Fogarty

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Call (850) 264-2917 or
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April Dates to Remember

4/1 – April Fool’s Day
4/21 – Happy Easter!
4/22 – Earth Day
4/30 – Happy Birthday Josh Kes! (Daytona)

March 2019 Job Statistics

March 2019 Job Count – 4,150

Average Number of Days from Receiving Paper to Paper Being Served* – 4.35

*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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March Newsletter

Message from the Founder

It’s Official!

We have exciting news, Accurate Serve of Gainesville will be open for business April 1, 2019. New Owner/Operator, Jared Williams, is currently attending franchise training. Jared is a great addition to the Accurate Serve family and we are happy to have him on board.

Accurate Serve of Gainesville will cover the entire 8th Circuit, and Putnam County, for the AS team. So, if you are an Attorney in one of these counties: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, Union or Putnam – starting April 1, 2019 – Jared will be your point of contact with Accurate Serve. If you are an Atty in another county, nothing changes with your point of contact – just know that you will be getting an upgrade in service in that area as we can ensure papers are served the Accurate Serve way.

Once again, to ensure your office is directed to the correct contact person at Accurate Serve, please visit our franchise website and below:

  • If you are an attorney in Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas or Polk County, please contact Beau with the Tampa/Lakeland/St. Petersburg/New Port Richey offices.
  • If you are an attorney in Duval, Clay, Nassau or St. John’s County please contact Brennan with the Jacksonville/Orange Park/St. Augustine offices.
  • If you are an attorney in Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty or Wakulla County please contact Brennan with the Tallahassee office.
  • If you are an attorney in Orange, Osceola or Seminole County please contact Kevin with the Orlando/Kissimmee/Lake Mary offices.
  • If you are an attorney in Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades or Lee County please contact Brandon with the Fort Myers/Labelle/Naples/Port Charlotte offices.
  • If you are an attorney in Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe or Palm Beach County please contact Josh with the Plantation/Miami/West Palm Beach/Key West offices.
  • If you are an attorney in Manatee, DeSoto or Sarasota County, please contact Brennan with the Bradenton/Sarasota offices.
  • If you are an attorney in Escambia, Okaloosa or Santa Rosa County (or Mobile, AL) please contact Brennan with the Pensacola/Milton/Mobile/Fort Walton Beach offices.
  • If you are an attorney in Brevard, Flagler or Volusia County please contact Josh with the Daytona Beach/Titusville/Palm Coast offices.
  • If you are an attorney in Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion or Sumter County please contact Kevin with the Ocala/Clermont/Inverness/The Villages/Spring Hill offices.
  • If you are an attorney in St Lucie, Okeechobee, Martin or Indian River County, please contact Brandon with the Port St Lucie/Stuart/Vero Beach/Okeechobee offices.

Warmest regards,
Beau Charlet

Franchisee Spotlight: Sarasota

We love to get a chance to interact with our clients! 

Once a month, the daily hustle and bustle of working in a law firm – quick updates, voice mail messages and phone calls get replaced with a casual chat about family, vacations, or sometimes we’re still talking about work because we get to do what we love! In Sarasota, we sponsor and attend the monthly dinner for the local PAF Suncoast Chapter. There is a chance you know us from those meetings. If you are reading this you have been a client of Accurate Serve at least once before; you may have found us online, you may have heard about us from a work colleague, or maybe you met us when we walked into your office to introduce ourselves! 

When we attend these dinners and luncheons, we get to sit in on the CLE classes and broaden our understanding of the legal industry, as well as get a deeper understanding of the type of day to day challenges our clients face. This will allow us to make business decisions that are in line with what our clients need. In the long-term, our business goals must be the same as our clients. We strive to delight our clients each and every day, with each and every service of process.

The Suncoast Chapter has lively meetings on the 2nd floor of Marina Jacks each month. Last November, it was a Trivia Night theme where the room was split into teams and the attorney who was the speaker/emcee for the event would ask questions and then explain the answers when it was time for me (the scorekeeper) to tally up the scores. Certainly this was more entertaining than a dissertation on the subject matter would have been. 

More recently, the Suncoast Chapter showed up on the Sarasota County Bar Association’s newsletter, “The Docket”, for their seminar ” Be a CSI for a day and Help Determine if Goldilocks was Guilty of Eating Baby Bears Porridge”. With Chief Judge of the 12th Circuit Charles Williams as the emcee, this event took an in-depth view of the various technologies, and procedures throughout the criminal proceedings. This included a mock trial with an jury bringing back a verdict of NOT GUILTY. 

If you are a paralegal without a certification and you have been doing it for years and are essentially self taught, there are still benefits to coming out and socializing with your professional peers. Good food and good friends is always a great deal!

Accurate Serve has decided to take it a step further and sponsor PAF on the Statewide level. We look forward to being a supporting cast for paralegals around the state.

– Brennan Fogarty

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If you email us a new serve and it is a RUSH, please let us know. Putting “Rush” in the Subject line will only help.  Our routine service is an attempt within 4 business days (but we like to be quicker).  Rush is an attempt within 24 hours. Same day serve is when you tell us we need this paper served today no matter what.

March Dates to Remember

3/1/12 – Tampa Office Opened For Business
3/1 – Employee Appreciation Day
3/6 – Ash Wednesday
3/8 – International Women’s Day
3/10 Daylight Savings
3/17 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
3/20 – First Day of Spring

“People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Teddy Roosevelt
February 2019 Job Statistics

February 2019 Job Count – 4,042

Average Number of Days from Receiving Paper to Paper Being Served* – 4.87

*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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How a Process Server Does Their Job

If you have ever had a court case requiring service, you may find yourself wondering how a process server gets the job done. Lawsuits, evictions, divorces, child custody cases, and other types of court cases require that the responding party be served with notice of the proceedings. It is helpful to understand how a process server does their job when looking for a private process server for your case.

Finding the Individual

When you hire a private process server, they will ask you about the individual to be served. Any information you can provide to the process server, such as place of residence or employment, can be helpful. If you know exactly when and where the individual can be found, this can make service very fast. However, you may not always know when and where someone can be found.

The first job of a process server in that case is to find the individual. A good process server has many tools at their disposal to track down people that need to be served. They may use a skip trace, online tools, or social media to find the individual. Continue reading

February Newsletter

Message from the Founder

The Groundhog Results

Every February 2, the world turns to the groundhog to predict the weather and either gives us good news or bad. Luckily for us, this year, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. Great news one and all, an early spring is in store for us.

What does that mean for the process serving industry? Well, in FL, not much. But for our colleagues in the northern states, this is great news.  Some states like Michigan, Wisconsin, etc. have days where they can’t even open their doors. If you can’t get outside of your house due to snow, blizzard, or other elements, then it’s real tough to get process served.

Whether it’s snow, rain, hail, hurricanes, etc., just know, we are open for business and are always serving papers. We encourage all of our process servers to drive and be safe on the roads, safety is always the number one concern.  And the number two concern is serving your papers as quickly and accurately as possible. Our organization is like no other process serving company out there. Our team is dedicated to the profession and we thank you for the continued trust you place in us to serve your papers.

Warmest regards,
Beau Charlet

Franchisee Spotlight: Plantation

Greetings to everyone who may be reading, I am Josh Wright. For those of you who don’t know, I operate the offices in South Florida, Accurate Serve of Plantation.  Accurate Serve of Plantation offices cover the Tri-County area in South Florida including Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade County. In addition, we have expanded our local areas in 2019 to Marathon county, serving the Florida Keys. From everyone here at Accurate Serve, we want to thank you for your continued loyalty to our company in 2018 and years prior. 
If the Plantation office is your point of contact, I ask that you visit the “Send Work” portal on our website. If you did not already know, we have a portal on our website where a representative from your firm can upload a new service request. We recommend using our portal because we can send the documents to our servers faster. When using this upload feature the documents are exported directly to our secure office database and sent to the server assigned in that area. An email will be sent to your firm, confirming your upload was successful. If you have any questions about using the portal, please give us a call or visit our website. 
In 2019, Accurate Serve of Plantation plans to expand our knowledge in the process serving industry, support our local legal community and continue to improve or communication and services utilizing technology. We are always striving to meet our promises and limit our complications that may occur from normal business operations.
In honor of Black History Month, I like to share with you a thought: Martin Luther King Jr is a legend. “I have a dream”, the famous speech spoken on August 28, 1963, rings familiar to just about everyone. It is important to step back and take a look at the bigger picture to remind yourself, we are all chasing our dreams. Although our roads may lead different paths, we are on this journey together and each of us bring different values to the table. These very values is why we all need to respect, admire and share with one another. 
We look forward to upcoming seasons and continuing to grow in 2019. Thank you for your time, have a great year everyone.

– Joshua Wright

Need our help?
Call (954) 770-9997 or
Email [email protected]

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Each one of our AS offices has a Send Work tab on their respective websites. If you prefer to upload the documents to our secure database, you may utilize that feature. If you prefer to email the docs to us, that is great as well, please be sure to email the main contact email for your local AS office.

February Dates to Remember

 2/1/12 St. Augustine and Orange Park branches opened for business
2/2 Ground Hog Day
2/14 Happy Valentine’s Day!
2/18 President’s Day
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
January 2019 Job Statistics

January 2019 Job Count – 4,892

Average Number of Days from Receiving Paper to Paper Being Served* – 4.75

*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.

CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR ACCURATE SERVE LOCATION

What You Need to Know About Serving Eviction Notices

If you are a landlord with only one or two properties and are new to the process, going through an eviction can be confusing. Every eviction starts with a notice of eviction to the tenant. If they do not comply, you have to follow up with filing with the courts and serving them with eviction papers. Here are the things you need to know to make sure you are operating within the law.

Eviction Notices

There are two types of eviction notices that you can submit in Florida. You can submit a 3-day eviction notice for failure to pay rent. You can also serve a 7-day eviction notice for failure to comply with the terms of the lease, such as having unauthorized persons or pets on premises. This initial eviction notice does not have to be filed with the courts, but it does need to be presented to the tenant.

You can serve the eviction notice to the tenant directly, leave it with another adult on the premises, or affix it to the door. The method of service must be noted. While you do not necessarily need a private process server for this initial eviction notice, it is a good idea to hire one. If the tenant tries to say later that they never received the notice, it is important to have a third-party certification that it was served.

Eviction Papers

If the tenant doesn’t comply with the eviction notice, you then have to file a complaint with the courts to try to get them removed from the property. These filed eviction papers also have to be served to the tenant. These papers must be served directly to the individual on the lease. A private process server in Sarasota can handle the service for you effectively. Proper service is required so the tenant has a chance to submit an answer for a court hearing.

If you are a landlord and need help with the eviction process, a professional and experienced process server in Sarasota can help. Contact us today for more information.

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
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Photos From Our Food Drive
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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.

CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR ACCURATE SERVE LOCATION

What Property Managers Should Know about Their Three Day Notice Leverage

As a landlord or property manager, you know that tenants don’t always live up to the terms of their lease agreements. Some fail to pay rent on time while others ignore pet or noise policies and hope they won’t get caught. Since you want to maintain tenants that are reliable and trustworthy, you have the power and ability to evict tenants who have broken their lease agreements and have not resolved the problem after a warning period.

Florida’s Three Day Rule

Laws vary by state, but Florida’s law is clear: landlords can utilize a three day notice method that provides tenants with three days to resolve the problem or move out. This is a legal and valid action that most landlords utilize to approach nonpayment of rent. If a tenant has not made a payment for past due rent, a landlord can have a three day notice delivered using the following wording: Continue reading

3 Reasons to Choose a Process Server Over a Sheriff

Your law firm or collection company has a legal obligation to properly notify defendants that they are involved in a court case, but this is often easier said than done. Without this service of process, a lawsuit risks being dismissed. Sheriffs and private process servers are the only professionals capable of serving process in a legally recognized way, but which is the better choice? Hiring a reliable and registered process server is the best decision for many reasons.

Faster Service

The sheriff’s office juggles numerous priorities and responsibilities in addition to the job of process server. This often causes legal papers to be delivered days or weeks late, and such delays can significantly interfere with lawsuits. Since process servers are strictly dedicated to service of process, your most important papers will be delivered with far more efficiency. Continue reading

Key Points about Serving Papers on Tribal Lands

Native Americans lived and thrived in North America long before European explorers discovered “The New World,” but nonetheless, their lives were forever changed as the 13 colonies were founded and American colonists competed for land and resources with long-established tribes. The 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries witnessed extreme conflicts between the emerging American population and the Native American tribes. Unfortunately, more often than not, most tribes eventually had no choice but to conform to the U.S government, concede their tribal lands, and live on strange reservations in near-poverty. Continue reading

The Makings of an Excellent Process Server

Process servers play an incredibly important yet often underappreciated job within our country’s legal system. It is a law in all fifty states that a defendant involved in any lawsuit receive proper notice of the impending case, and it is largely the responsibility of process servers to deliver such notices in a legally recognized manner. This means that process servers are very often the people who deliver bad, stressful, and unwanted news to countless Americans. Some recipients react with fear, others with desperation, and still some with violence and anger. This places process servers on the front lines of the law, face to face with people who often react in dangerous and unpredictable ways. Continue reading