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May Newsletter

Message from the Founder

Opening Back Up

As a good chunk of Americans return to work this week, we all prepare for the unknown. As we prepare for life getting back to normal, we all need to adjust what our normal is. In the short term, that means to take extra precautions all the time, especially when in public. Wear masks, wash hands often, keep your distance, sanitize, wear gloves, etc. Now, no one wants to wear masks day in day out long term, but right now, it’s what we need to do to protect ourselves and others and slow the spread.

One thing we don’t want to slow is the spread of Accurate Serve because as I always say, the more locations we have, the better we can serve you and at a lower cost. A few months ago, I had a great article that needed to be scrapped or postponed due to Covid-19. We were set to open our newest location last month, Accurate Serve of Denver, but travel plans/office site selection, etc. has been postponed.  No fear though, we will get it up and running this year and we will be sure to let you know of the grand opening.

Adding to the above, Accurate Serve will be participating in a nationwide virtual franchise show this month. We hope to meet a few qualified individuals who embody the great work ethic that has been established across the boards at every Accurate serve location and maybe we will be able to plan a few more office openings later this year and beyond.

We are here for you during this crazy time, we did not shut down because we know the important role we play in the legal community. Our Servers are working tirelessly to ensure your documents are served quickly and accurately. Take the time to think of the challenges they face and the risk they are taking to keeping this process serving going and if there are any issues, delays, etc. due to pandemic, we apologize in advance but rest assured, our track record speaks for itself and just know every Owner/Operator is dedicated to the profession and serving their Clients.

Happy May and Have a Great Day!!

Warmest regards,
Beau Charlet  

Franchisee: Daytona

Greetings from our team here in Daytona, Palm Coast & Titusville!

We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe during these uncertain times. Our team here has been working remotely from home since this pandemic started and everything is running smoother than anticipated. Some of the things we did were purchase printers and reams of paper along with other office supplies and sent them out to our servers so they would not have to meet our offices daily. This saves our servers time and gas which also helps us practice social distancing. That being said, we recommend you e-mailing us all the documents for service instead of mailing us originals(unless you have to), to save us from coming into the office.

We also wanted to point out that since a majority of people right now are working from home, furloughed from work and home from school, this is the perfect time to take advantage and send those papers for service! I know it’s a bad thing to say but our servers have fully taken advantage of everybody being home and our success rates of going out and serving on the first, if not the second attempt have been remarkable.
Although we are unsure how long this pandemic is going to last and when things will be back to normal, we hope that you and your team, along with your family are doing well. Stay safe and let us know if you need anything!

– Accurate Serve Daytona/Palm Coast/Titusville

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Have a school-aged child at home? Here are some tips to set your child up for success with distance learning

  • Set a schedule and stick to it
  • Designate an area as a workspace (if you have more than 1 child, make sure each has their own space)
  • Take breaks
  • Understand that each child processes info and learns differently, so be patient
M A Y 
Dates to Remember
Bradenton Office Anniversary
Sarasota Office Anniversary
5/5 – Cinco de Mayo
5/8 – Happy Birthday Brennan Fogarty!
5/10 – Mother’s Day
5/25 – Memorial Day
April 2020 Job Statistics

April 2020 Job Count – 4,088
Average Number of Days from Receiving Paper to Paper Being Served* – 3.9

*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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What to Look for in a Process Server

So you have a civil matter in the courts and need to notify the parties of the case and court date. This is usually the point of service of process. Courts require proof that parties have been served legal papers so that they have a fair chance to defend themselves, as is required by the U.S. Constitution. While you could use the sheriff’s department to serve your papers, you’ll likely have better luck with a process server. Still, finding a reputable process server is important. Here’s what to look for.

Online Representation

Almost every company in the world, big or small, has an online presence in some way. Even if they don’t have a website, you can find a lot of information about most companies. The company doesn’t have to develop a Facebook, Google My Business, or Yelp profile to receive reviews and ratings. Facebook, Google, and Yelp pull in information about companies from public sources, then allow the company to claim the page and provide accurate information.  Continue reading

April Update

Message from the Founder

COVID-19 

Our world is currently dealing with a pandemic of epic proportions. We have been introduced to the term social distancing and have been asked to practice it to help curve the widespread corona virus.

At Accurate Serve, we are dedicated to serving our Clients through the good times and bad. We have remained open throughout this situation and plan to remain open going forward. We have stressed time and time again, that we know the role we play in the legal process and how essential our function is to the legal community.

Our Servers never come in to physical contact with anyone they serve. We hand the paper we are serving to the recipient and it’s usually a 1:1 scenario, never encountering large groups of people. Since it’s usually a tense situation serving Defendants, we don’t hang around for coffee talk, we are in and out pretty quick, as we always have been, for the safety of the Servers.

We have told our Servers to extend their arms fully when handing papers off to create as much distance between Server and subject. We have also told our Servers to sanitize their hands before and after each service attempt. Sanitize before and after filling up w/ gas and to use drive throughs when you need sustenance.

Most of our office staff have been working remotely from their homes and our Servers are printing a lot of service packets from their home offices as well to minimize travel and interaction. Most of the serves we receive are via email, so that helps too. Mailed services – office staff are instructed to wash their hands after each and every piece of mail they open.

We are great at what we do and we try not to let natural disasters, pandemics, etc. interrupt or slow us down much. Like I said earlier, we are dedicated to our clients and to the profession. We are an essential business, delivery services, courier services are in great demand right now.  Process Serving is essential to the court system, so as long as Clients send us work, we will serve it.

Locally – We do have to follow guidelines set in place by local courts, circuits, etc. We have told our team/servers that if the person in charge of your process server license sends out a memo saying to stop serving papers, you must stop serving papers.  The 19th Circuit placed a quick stay on process but it was misconstrued by the masses and the “stay” was lifted/corrected.  The 18th Circuit had placed a stay on Foreclosures and Evictions until April 15th.

Statewide – In the past few days, Governor DeSantis signed into effect several Orders. See Florida Executive Order link. As defined by these terms, it is in our opinion, that process servers are considered an essential business. Another thing to note on that link is that there is a stay on Foreclosures and Evictions for 45 days.

Hockey shut down and basketball too – no March Madness or now Wimbledon. Gyms, dining rooms at restaurants, bars/nightclubs – all closed. Amusement parks, nature preserves, no entry allowed. This truly is a hard time for all of us.

We want to wish you all the best and hope that everyone, and their loved ones, remain safe during this tough time. And let’s hope this ugly virus will dissipate in the upcoming weeks and we can all get our sanity back and return to the normal ins and outs of the daily grind.

Have hope, be optimistic, and instill resilience. All the best, take care please.

Warmest regards,
Beau Charlet  

Franchisee: Pensacola

Our servers are out on the street delivering your subpoenas and summons’ working diligently through this crazy time. Accurate Serve of Pensacola covers a huge area! It would take you 3 hours to cross all the counties that we cover, that is without any traffic! From Panama City to Mobile Alabama and all parts in between!

What about the panhandle areas where we need a motion and order? We have servers for those areas too! Motion and Order counties require you to file a motion and … you guessed it; an order to appoint us to serve your docs. It’s easy, and we actually will fill it out for you! When you send us docs that require motion and order, our staff will fill out the motion and the order and send it to you to file as we hold the docs until we get the order signed by the judge. We also will follow up with you to see/ remind you that we are waiting on this.

Your service of process needs are to important to leave in the hands of amateurs; we are statewide, we are efficient, and we are professionals. Your business is in good hands with Accurate Serve.

If you have any questions or inquiries please just send us an email or call us on the phone!

FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, WE ARE HAPPY TO ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS!

Payment

– Brennan Fogarty

Need our help?
Call 850-264-2917 or
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A P R I L
Dates to Remember
4/1 – April Fools’ Day
4/1 – Happy 1 Year Anniversary Gainesville Office!
4/10 – Good Friday
4/12 – Happy Easter
February 2020 Job Statistics

February 2020 Job Count – 4,804
Average Number of Days from Receiving Paper to Paper Being Served* – 3.9

*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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What Problems Do Process Servers Face When Serving Papers

When you have legal papers to be served for your court case, you want the process to go as smoothly and quickly as possible. However, there are some instances in which service of process might be delayed. Here are some of the common problems that process servers face when serving papers.

Trespassing Signs

Process servers are not law enforcement; and because of this, they have to follow all of the same laws that civilians have to follow. This includes not going on property that is marked no trespassing. If a process server trespasses to try to serve papers, they are outside the law, and the property owner could take fairly drastic measures. This is really not safe for the process server, and they won’t go on property marked with trespassing signs. Continue reading

March Update

Message from the Founder

It’s almost that time of year again, time for our state association’s annual conference. The Florida Association of Professional Process Servers (FAPPS) annual conference/convention will take place in Orlando, FL, as it does each year. Orlando has been the host of the annual conference for as long as I can remember. Reason being is its central location for all members statewide to be able to travel easily.  A few years ago, the Board of Directors for FAPPS entertained the possibility of moving the annual convention to Tampa for a few years on a trial basis, that has yet to happen though.

Friday night starts with a reception party followed by either Bingo or poker. Accurate Serve team members, Josh Kes and Beau Charlet, have been known to frequent the final table at the poker tournament and even a few first place finishes. Saturday continues with several break out sessions and education classes. Saturday night ends with the awards ceremony and dinner. And Sunday morning wraps up the convention with the AFPS class. The AFPS class is a 4+ hour class going over Statutes, civil procedure, new legislation changes, etc. The AFPS class is recognized in many circuits as an approved course for process servers. Passing the test with a high enough score earns members their AFPS designation. At the 2019 Convention, more than 50% of the AFPS class attendees were Accurate Serve employees, Owners/Operators, Office Managers, or Servers.

Warmest regards,
Beau Charlet

Franchisee: Orlando

The Search is Over…

Greetings! If you need service of process in the Orlando area, the Orlando office covers Orange, Seminole and Oceola counties. However, if you also need service of process in any other part of Florida, there is no need to Google search ever again. Through the Accurate Serve affiliates, we have the entire state of Florida covered. We provide our clients with a one-stop-shop for all their process serving needs. No need to perform numerous web searches looking for a server who covers one county or another. Your local Accurate Serve office provides you with one contact, one email address, one phone number, one group of dedicated professionals who are members of a larger group of dedicated professions with one common goal, SERVING YOUR PAPERS!

Wondering if we can help with service in a rural county? We absolutely can!
If you have multiple serves going to various locations in Florida, all you need to do is send the documents over via email and we will get them served for you.

Using your local Accurate Serve for all your serving needs allows you to focus on the primary parts of your cases and practice and allows us to better serve you.

– Jared Williams

Need our help?
Call (407)674-7038 or
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If you are an Attorney and unsure about which Accurate Serve office to contact, please visit our franchise website: www.theaccurateservefranchise.com

On there, there is a red “Find Location” button currently floating in the Gulf of Mexico. Try out this cool feature. Also, you can scroll down and under each office in operation, there is a note on which office you should contact.

M A R C H
Dates to Remember
3/1 – Tampa Office Anniversary
3/4 – Happy Birthday William Kes (Daytona Beach Office Manager)
3/8  – International Women’s Day
3/17 – Happy St. Patrick’s Day
3/17 – Happy Birthday Jared (Gainesville Owner)
3/19 – 1st Day of Spring
January 2020 Job Statistics

January 2020 Job Count – 4,915

Average Number of Days from Receiving Paper to Paper Being Served* – 5.5

*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
We Are Proud Sponsors of Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc.

Rules That a Process Server Must Follow

A private process server is a registered agent of the courts, and they are responsible for a major part of the court system. Because they play such a key role, the way that process servers operate is highly regulated. There are many guidelines that the process server must follow to stay within the law and to accurately serve papers. Here are a few of those rules.

Identifying the Individual

The rules regarding identification of the individual to be served vary depending on the type of legal documents you are having delivered. In some cases, visual confirmation of identity is all that is required. In other cases the process server must see identification before leaving the papers. Good process servers know the laws and rules for serving papers for all types of cases. Continue reading

January Update

Message from the Founder

Duval & Palm Beach Counties 

So, there are  3 ways Private Process Servers can serve civil process in FL:

  • Certified by courts in circuit they serve in
  • Appointed by Sheriff in the county they serve in
  • Approved by Motion & Order from the Judge presiding over case

Duval is located in the 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida, along with Clay and Nassau. Duval is a Sheriff appointed county. Nassau and Clay are Motion & Order, which means they do not have a private process server program in place either with the Courts or Sheriff.

For many years, the Duval Sheriff would outsource their civil process to a private process serving company. In 2016, the Duval Sheriff changed their policies in regards to private process servers.  They stopped sending their papers to private process servers to serve and started serving everything in house with their own Process Servers or Deputies.

No worries there, it is my understanding that this was the only county where that was the procedure. Where the worry does come in is that also at that time, the Sheriff stopped appointing NEW process servers. They have renewed process server licenses but have not appointed any new servers.

You can surmise that the total number of private process servers has steadily decreased in Duval County over the years. Servers retire, move away and attrition is natural everywhere, so unless the Duval Sheriff changes their policies again, as the years go on, the total number of servers will decline.

While our Jacksonville office has several servers, feel free to file a Motion & Order when filing your case. A benefit of filing a M&O for Duval, although it is not needed, is it will increase the number of servers we have available but are not appointed by Sheriff. Another benefit of filing a M&O when serving in Duval is let’s say we have a Defendant who works in Jacksonville but lives in Fernandina Beach, Nassau County. Subject could evade at POE and to serve at residence, we would need the M&O, so we would be ahead of the game at this point. We will attach a copy of our M&O at the bottom of this Newsletter as well as a list of counties that are M&O, so you know before filing your case.

Moving from Duval to Palm Beach County, which is located in the 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Palm Beach County is a certified circuit and very recently they stopped certifying new process servers. Similar to Duval, they will renew licenses of current process servers but will not certify new ones at the moment.

Luckily for us and our clients, Owner/Operator of our Plantation, West Palm Beach, Miami and Key West offices, Josh Wright, has his Palm Beach certification and will continue to renew it over the years and he also has several servers with current licenses as well.

While the Palm Beach development is rather new, the Duval issue has been going on for a few years. It is our hopes that these matters will work out and we know that our state association, FAPPS, and it’s membership will work with lawmakers, sheriffs, court systems, etc. to ensure that private process servers will be available and able to serve all non-enforceable civil process.

Warmest regards,
Beau Charlet

Franchisee: Sarasota

Skip Tracing for Process Serving

While preparing for trial, or deposition, or just finding a new address to facilitate service of process, one of the most handy and cost effective tools can be the skip trace. The better information we have about a subject the better service we can provide.

One time I was serving a summons on a woman at her home. Before I got up to the door I pulled up her Facebook page to remind myself what she looked like. As she answered the door I knew it was her, I said ” Good afternoon Jane, I have a summons and complaint here for you and you have 20 days to respond, have a great day”. As I was handing the docs to her she backed away and said “I’m not Jane, I don’t know what you are talking about”. I then pulled out my phone and showed her pics of herself and her friends having margaritas…. “Jane, I think this is you, here is your summons”. I was about to drop the summons at her feet when she sheepishly reached out and took it from me. Then her mumbles under her breath turned into unmistakable curse-words as I walked back to my vehicle.

The information that exists about people freely on the internet is vast, and valuable even if it was a free search I did on Facebook.

When we have exhausted the known addresses while attempting to affect service we can turn to using a skip trace to try and determine new possible addresses, and what the facts are in our investigation. From time to time we go to the correct address, and we make a note of the vehicles, and ask the people who answer the door what their names are, and people are quite possibly lying about who they are and what they know.

When you run a skip trace you can cut through all that and get right to the point by dealing with facts.

When we take down tag #’s during the service attempts we can run the plates for a small fee to see whose car is parked outside. This can be helpful when the person at the door is claiming no knowledge of the subject, even though their car is parked outside.

When we need more information on a person, we run a skip trace. With this we can see every address our subject has ever lived, and or had a bill sent to. Every phone number, landline or mobile phone number that might be associated with the individual. A skip trace reports also contains Voter registrations, professional licences, real estate holdings, liens, judgments, bankruptcies, alias’, known relatives and associates, current and past vehicle information, UCC filings, hunting permits, weapons permits, and more….

The criminal records may not be the most accurate part, but it will list every time our subject has been arrested, and what happened after that is in the docket.

My clients have used these skip traces in preparation for depositions. In one case the woman being deposed had a history of committing a certain type of fraud. My client was able to use the skip trace information in the deposition to get her on the record regarding facts of the case.

If you would like to look into a skip trace for one of your open jobs, or an upcoming job with Accurate Serve reach out to one of our many offices around the state.
Best Regards,

– Brennan Fogarty

Need our help?
Call (941) 586-7897 or
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We serve everywhere, there are no geographical limits to our service.  Whether it’s local, statewide, nationwide or even international – WE GOT YOU!!
J A N U A R Y 
Dates to Remember
1/1 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!
1/20 – Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Daytona Office Anniversary
Fort Walton Beach Office Anniversary
Kissimme Office Anniversary
Lake Mary Office Anniversary
Milton Office Anniversary
Naples Office Anniversary
New Port Richey Office Anniversary
Palm Beach Office Anniversary
Palm Coast Office Anniversary
Plantation Office Anniversary
St. Petersburg Office Anniversary
December 2019 Job Statistics

December 2019 Job Count – 4, 189

Average Number of Days from Receiving Paper to Paper Being Served* – 5.18

*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
We Are Proud Sponsors of Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc.

3 Reasons Proper Service of Legal Documents is Important

If you have a legal matter pending with the courts, you were probably told that you have to have proper service of process to the other individuals or companies in the case before your case can move forward. It is very important that you do not try to skip this step. A private process server can help you make sure that proper service of your legal documents is made to the appropriate individuals. Here’s why it is important.

Keep Things Moving Forward

The person that you have filed a lawsuit against must be given notice of the lawsuit and the court date so that they can defend themselves in the suit. If service of process isn’t made, the case cannot move forward. Your case will be continued each time you go to court and service has not been made. Eventually the court could throw out your case entirely. Continue reading

December Update

Message from the Founder

Warmest regards,
Beau Charlet

Franchisee: Plantation

Greetings to everyone who has the pleasure of reading our monthly newsletter. Happy holidays! Happy New Year!

Accurate Serve Plantation is moving into our 5th year since we first opened doors for business. We know this will be a major milestone for our office and just being a small business in general. We couldn’t have done so well without our loyal clients and other franchisees we have the opportunity to work alongside.

If you don’t celebrate a specific holiday, we all have something special and close to our hearts. Whether it’s spending time with loved ones, traveling to places you have never seen before or just giving yourself that extra love and attention, we all have something in our lives to celebrate at this time of year and to look forward to moving into the New Year.

If there is anything your office may need, give us a call or email and we would be happy to assist you. From everyone here at Accurate Serve Plantation, we want to say THANK YOU!

Best Regards,

-Joshua Wright

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

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Special Instructions. If you email us a serve or upload a serve via our website or database, please include any special instructions you may have. Whether this is a work schedule, picture, car info, description. Or if you need personal service only, if it’s a RUSH, if you don’t want the Server to leave notes, if you need it served at an alternate address than what’s on the Summons, etc., please let us know. The more info you give us, the better we can serve you or the better we can tailor our service to better suit your needs
D E C E M B E R 
Dates to Remember
12/01 – Orlando Office Anniversary
12/21 – Happy Birthday, Josh Wright!
12/25 – Merry Christmas
12/ 31 – Have a safe & Happy New Year!

Everyone has worked so hard in 2019, the holiday season is upon us and it is a great time to give thanks and recharge those batteries with a few well deserved days off. We hope you get time to see your family and friends during the holiday season, spending time with loved ones is truly a blessing. From all of us to all of you, thanks so much for everything in 2019 and we are looking forward to working with you in 2020. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and
Happy New Year!!
November 2019 Job Statistics

November 2019 Job Count – 4, 372

Average Number of Days from Receiving Paper to Paper Being Served* – 5.14

*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
We Are Proud Sponsors of Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc.

Three Benefits of Using a Private Process Server for Evictions

It is unfortunate, but sometimes it becomes necessary to evict a tenant, either for nonpayment of rent or another lease violation. In the state of Florida, you do not need a process server for the initial eviction notice, but there are a lot of good reasons to use one for all of your eviction needs.

Initial Notices

A three-day notice is required for nonpayment of rent. The tenant has three days to pay the rent before you can go to the courthouse and file for an eviction. A seven-day notice is given for other lease violations, and you cannot file for eviction with the courts until the seven days have passed without action. While you can post these notices yourself, using a private process server allows you to have evidence that the three-day notice was, in fact, given. Continue reading

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