Ocala (352) 278-2188
Clermont (352) 227-4217
Inverness (352) 270-3212
Spring Hill (352) 608-3001
The Villages (352) 561-3024

What Can a Process Server Do and What Can’t They Do?

Process servers deliver court paperwork to their intended recipient(s), such as defendants and witnesses, being notified of their mandatory appearance in court. After a process server has “served” the recipient, they file proof of this service with the court associated with the case. Until a defendant is considered “served”, the case against them cannot proceed, so it is very important for litigants to be served promptly upon the filing of the case. But what exactly are process servers allowed to do to find and serve process recipients?

What Process Servers Can Do

Contact Family and Friends

A process server may make some calls to friends or family members of the process recipient they are searching for. During these calls, the server can disclose who they are and the reason they are looking for the process recipient. Continue reading

What You Should Ask Before Hiring a Process Server

Your case is filed, and the date is set…now it’s time to get those summons and subpoenas out there. The best way to handle your case process is to use a reputable, experienced process server.

So what should you be looking out for when hiring a process server? Use our quick guide below to hit all the high notes and narrow your process server candidate list down (Pro tip: Skip the work and go straight for the best process servers in Ocala and surrounding areas – Accurate Serve®). Continue reading

How to Find a Missing Person Who Needs to be Served

Are you a process server having a hard time finding your process recipient? Avoiding a process server is not uncommon. People do so for various reasons, including just not wanting to hear bad news. However, no matter how badly they want to avoid the court case the process server is trying to contact them about, they can’t. Avoiding the process server just adds extra time and expense to the case that they may end up responsible for if a judge finds that they intentionally avoided the server to delay the proceedings.

Here at Accurate Serve® of Ocala, we’re experts at finding people who don’t want to be found. Along with our fast and efficient process server services, we also offer skip traces and diligent searches to hunt down the most elusive of litigants. Here are our top tips for finding an evasive process recipient: Continue reading

What Time Can a Process Server Serve Papers?

In Florida, process servers have a lot of leeway on when they are allowed to serve process recipients. In this post, we’ll discuss the service times allowed for individuals and businesses, along with a few restrictions.

Serving an Individual in Florida

At Home

There are no hard laws about when a process server can or cannot serve an individual in their home, however, common sense and decency should prevail. Depending on when the person is typically at home, we do not recommend attempting service before 6 a.m. or after 9 p.m. at a private residence. Continue reading

Why Should Law Firms Partner with a Legal Courier?

Legal courier services are a great way to securely and quickly transport legal documents. Not only do they save time and money, but they also ensure that important legal documents make it to their destination.

In this post, we’ll review what a legal courier is and why smart law firms use their valuable services:

What is a Legal Courier?

A legal courier is a company that provides secure and timely delivery of legal documents. Think of them as a secure messaging system that specializes in the legal industry. A legal courier can be used to deliver all types of legal materials, such as court filings, legal research, or trial exhibits. By partnering with a legal courier, law firms can focus on their core competencies and leave the task of document delivery to a professional. Continue reading

Tips and Tricks to Serve Process Effectively

Serving process requires organization, time management, and great attention to detail. There are many mistakes that can be made while the serving process, any of which could derail your client’s case and cause costly delays. Don’t let that happen! Follow these tips and tricks to serve process as efficiently as possible, keeping your clients happy and your reputation untarnished:

Know the Rules

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

Why You Should Use a Process Server and Not the Local Sheriff’s Office

If you’re filing a civil case in Marion, Hernando, Lake, Sumter, or Citrus counties, you have the option of using the local Sheriff’s office or a certified private process server to serve the process for your case. You may be wondering why you would choose a private process server over law enforcement. in this post, we’ll discuss the advantages of using a reputable, competent private process agency like Accurate Serve® of Ocala, Clermont, Inverness, Spring Hill, and The Villages. 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
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Tampa, FL
February 2022 Job Statistics

February 2022 Job Count – 4,045
Average Number of Days from Receiving Paper to Paper Being Served* – 6.04

*This includes jobs that may be on hold or waiting for new info. There is no way to take those jobs out of the calculation. So, if a job is placed on hold for 2 weeks, that’s 14 days on that job which factors in to this average. So, we’re even better than what the eyes see, LOL. Some papers get served same day, some next day and some take multiple attempts/addresses to effect service. All we do all day and every day is serve papers. We’re good at it and we love what we do. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to continue to serve your papers.

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How Process Servers Locate the Most Difficult Recipients

Most process recipients are fairly easy to locate, but every once in a while, a recipient proves to be quite elusive. When this happens, process servers have to kick it into overdrive and use all the resources available to them to pin down the process recipient. In this post, we’ll go over some of the techniques experienced process servers use when trying to locate exceptionally difficult recipients.

Put in the Prep Work

Doing some research before heading out to find a process recipient can save the server a lot of time and stress. There is a lot of information that can be found online about pretty much anyone. When gathering information during this initial research, try to collect the following: 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
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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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