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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

Need our help?
Call (941) 586-7897 or
Email [email protected]

Visit the Sarasota Website
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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.

CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR ACCURATE SERVE LOCATION

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]

Visit the Plantation Website
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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

Reasons to Use a Process Server Over the Sheriff

Whether you need to serve divorce papers or a lawsuit, it is important to consider the different ways you can move your case along. The automatic assumption is that you should just let the sheriff’s office handle service, but there is a better option. There are a lot of great reasons to consider using a private process server for your case.

Speed of Service

The sheriff’s department handles quite a bit, from law enforcement to transport of prisoners. Service of process is not close to their main priority. Because of this, service can take quite some time before it is completed. This is especially true if the individual being served is not home when service is attempted.

Repeat Attempts

The sheriff’s department may make more than one attempt to serve process, but they are likely not going to try as many times as a private process server. In addition, a private process server usually charges a set price, while the sheriff’s department may tack on additional fees each time they attempt service. Continue reading

January Newsletter

Message from the Founder

To the Power of 10

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

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

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

Warmest regards,
Beau Charlet

Franchisee Spotlight: Fort Myers

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

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

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

Photos From Our Food Drive
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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

These Celebrities are Keeping Process Servers Busy!

Some celebrities have a tendency to get themselves into legal trouble, and the process servers responsible for serving their papers often stay very busy!

Movie star Shia LaBeouf, for instance, is now being sued for $5 million after calling a bartender “racist” for not serving him at a bar. Bartender David Bernstein is suing LaBeouf for defamation, character assassination, and assault due to the backlash he has received for denying LaBeouf his drink on the grounds of already being too intoxicated. According to Bernstein’s attorney, Bernstein has “experienced significant emotional distress, anxiety and fear” since the incident, and he is now called “the racist bartender” by LaBeouf’s fans. Continue reading

The Future of Process Servers in Georgia is Now in Jeopardy

Over the past ten years, private and professional process servers have become a popular alternative to county sheriffs for lawyers and others who need to serve court papers quickly and efficiently. Professional process servers are known for being dedicated to their responsibilities, even in the most difficult service situations. Unlike sheriffs, who are overwhelmed by countless other legal tasks, process servers are able to focus entirely on providing clients with fast and effective service of process.

Many sheriffs in Georgia are pushing back against the growth of process servers in their state, and the controversy has now been sent to the Georgia Supreme Court for a decision.

A Sheriffs’ Conspiracy? Continue reading

Chris Brown’s Legal Woes Continue, but he Can’t Avoid Process Servers Forever

Chris Brown just can’t seem to keep his name out of the news. Brown transformed from idolized pop star to infamous celebrity after he brutally assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. Now, 8 years later, Brown is facing more legal trouble regarding his behavior in his relationships. Karrueche Tran, Brown’s girlfriend of four years, filed court documents in February 2017 accusing Brown of abusing her and threatening to kill her after the two broke up.

Since Tran is seeking legal protection from Brown, a process server must legally serve Brown with a summons and other court documents to inform him of the court proceedings. However, it seems that Brown is doing his best to avoid and evade the process server that has been assigned to his case. Tan’s original restraining order hearing was scheduled for March 29, 2017 and then rescheduled since Brown had yet to take receipt of the official court documents. The new court date, April 19, 2017, was just recently postponed for the same reason. Continue reading

Don’t Make These Mistakes When a Process Server Knocks on Your Door

Receiving legal papers is rarely a joyous or exciting occasion, which explains why so many people react poorly to the sight of a process server standing at their door. The arrival of a process server indicates that the recipient has become embroiled in some type of legal matter, whether it be a judgment for debt, a divorce, or a home foreclosure. It’s certainly hard to cope with these types of negative events, and many people forget the old adage “don’t shoot the messenger” when a process server arrives on their doorstep.

One South Florida woman, for example, barricaded herself in her home and called 911 when a process server provided her with eviction papers as the result of a recent divorce. However, even though she called the police herself, the woman made threats that she would shoot if police responded to the scene. She went as far as to claim that she would blow up the house if forced into an eviction. Fortunately, the police were able to resolve the conflict and take the unnamed woman into police custody, but the situation could have turned out very differently. Continue reading

Everything You Never Knew about Service of Process

process server 3You’ve heard the phrase, “You’ve been served!” but do you know all of the legal technicalities behind that phrase? It’s called service of process, and it’s a critical component to the beginning of any civil lawsuit. You never know when service of process will impact your life, so it’s important to understand the basics.

What Is Service of Process?

Service of process is the first and foremost requirement to commence a lawsuit because it is the process of informing the other parties of their involvement via the formal delivery of papers like complaints and motions. Service of process also legally establishes which court has jurisdiction over the case. For instance, if Peter was injured in a car accident because another driver on the road named Jenna crossed into his lane while she was texting on her phone, Peter could sue Jenna for negligence. He would begin this process by filing to have Jenna served a summons and complaint of the lawsuit. Continue reading

The Key to Landlord Tenant Disputes

evictionProblems between landlords and tenants are never pleasant, but strategically using a process server in such a situation can help to make it all a bit easier. This is especially true for landlords dealing with problematic tenants who are involved in illegal activities, violating lease terms, refusing to pay rent, or committing other undesirable actions.

Get Help From a Process Server

If you have exhausted all of your options as a landlord to resolve the problems caused by your tenant, you have the legal right to evict your tenant for failing to follow the terms of his lease. However, eviction does require court documents. The first step is providing the tenant with a written notice that serves as a warning, and that warning can be utilized in court proceedings to support your case if needed. Delivering the warning via a process server is far more efficient and reliable than sending it through the mail or placing it through your tenant’s door. It not only shows that you are serious about the eviction, but also makes your case more trustworthy in court. Continue reading