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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 brandon@accurateserveftmyers.com

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.

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How to Serve Divorce Papers When One Spouse is Hard to Find

Divorce is often a messy, emotional, and stressful process. This is especially true for couples who don’t mutually agree to their divorce. The spouse who files for a divorce is known as the plaintiff, and that person has a legal requirement to serve a copy of the divorce petition and summons with the other spouse, known as the defendant. This seemingly simple task of delivering papers to the defendant’s home becomes very difficult if that spouse no longer has a confirmed address. So what should you do if you can’t locate your spouse in order to serve divorce papers and get such an important process started? Continue reading

Understanding Your Bankruptcy Papers

Nobody ever expects to come face to face with bankruptcy, but financial problems have a tendency to arise unexpectedly and spiral out of control. While some people can overcome their debt, others have no path forward without declaring bankruptcy. If you are one of the millions of Americans currently facing bankruptcy, you may fear that every noise outside is a process server coming to serve your court papers.

This may be especially true if your bankruptcy situation is different from the majority of cases seen each year. Most cases involve a defendant discharging debts that he or she cannot pay, but some people also become defendants in adversary proceedings. An adversary proceeding is a separate lawsuit filed within your bankruptcy case when a creditor or bankruptcy trustee files a complaint. A creditor might challenge your ability to discharge their debt, or a trustee might seek to regain property that you sold before your bankruptcy. These added complications can make the bankruptcy process even more miserable. Continue reading

Will Body Cameras Also become Required for Process Servers?

It is no secret that most police officers now wear body cameras to provide clear and unbiased visual evidence in the case of a crime or troubling event. However, police officers aren’t the only ones who must frequently place themselves in harm’s way to do their jobs. Process servers also find themselves in risky and potentially violent situations when they serve papers to recipients that respond with anger and violence.

It is for this reason that in 2016, Illinois State Representative La Shawn K. Ford introduced Illinois Bill HB 6327, which would require process servers to wear body cameras if completing service of process in counties with populations of more than three million people. According to the language of the bill, the bill would require process servers to record all attempts to serve process. In addition, the process server company would be responsible for storing the video data until the case in question had been fully adjudicated. Continue reading

Handling Your Taxes as a Process Server

Taxes can’t be avoided, and it’s officially the time of year when tax deadlines start to loom. Each profession lends its own unique requirements to tax time, and that includes process servers. To avoid being served papers by a fellow process server for tax delinquencies, it’s important for all process servers to properly compile and file their taxes with precision.

Be Proactive: Keep Close Records

If you don’t keep adequate records of your expenses and income throughout the fiscal year, you will find yourself with a complicated nightmare when you sit down to file your taxes. Sales, payroll, purchases, and supporting documents should all be part of your record keeping process. Continue reading

The Different Ways a Subpoena Could Impact You

A subpoena might sound like something that belongs strictly in episodes of Law & Order, but the truth is that you might find yourself served with a subpoena without expecting it. Since subpoenas come in many different forms and are governed by specific laws, it might be helpful to understand the basics.

What is a Subpoena?

At its most basic form, a subpoena is a court-ordered demand to do some specific action. There are two main types of subpoenas: the kind that requests that you provide a specific document, and the kind that requests your appearance in court to testify or provide some type of information. The majority of subpoenas relate to divorce, child custody, personal injury, and criminal cases. For example, a doctor might receive a subpoena for blood test information, or an employer might receive a subpoena to provide employee records. Other document examples include medical bills, computer files, and income tax returns. When people are asked to speak in court themselves, it is because they might have information that is pertinent to the case. It is important to know that a subpoena is not an optional request. If you fail to complete the task demanded in your subpoena, you can be fined and/or put in jail. Continue reading

Vancouver Approves New Service of Process Measures to Help Victims of Abuse

Just this month, the Vancouver government in British Columbia responded to a pressing problem it noticed regarding victims coping with abuse by family members. Nearly 2,000 protection orders are issued every year in British Columbia, with 1,000 of them issued when the respondent fails to present him or herself in court. In order to ensure more efficient safety and protection for those experiencing or at risk of family violence, the government will now provide professional process servers for delivery of protection orders for no cost. The new rule is applicable in all regions of the province and marks a major step of progress in victim advocacy. Continue reading

Don’t Settle for Less: Important Qualities of a Reliable Process Server

starsWhen it comes to delivering legal documents regarding a case of importance to you or your business, you cannot leave the delivery to chance. Sheriffs are historically in charge of completing service of process, but private process servers have become far more common over the last ten years to provide faster and more reliable service than any sheriff can offer while still attending to his many other responsibilities. As you search for the right process server to handle your case, keep these important qualities in mind.

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Why Hire a Process Server?

legal-papersProcess servers carry out many vital tasks that keep our judicial system running, though they aren’t always appreciated for it. Individuals and lawyers alike rely upon process servers to serve their court papers in an expedient and legally upheld manner.

What is a Process Server?

A process server is a person who is legally certified to deliver court orders and court documents relating to a defendant’s presence in court. Aside from court-appointed officials like the sheriff, process servers are the only individuals who can serve defendants with the papers necessary to advance a court case or legal situation. Continue reading

Legal Problems on Real Housewives of New York are Indeed Real

starsIt often seems that bad relationship luck follows reality stars and celebrities around like an inescapable black cloud. The divorce between Real Housewives of New York’s Jules Wainstein and her soon-to-be-ex Michael Wainstein is no exception. This July, Michael served Jules with divorce papers after the two officially decided to end their marriage.

Trouble in Paradise

Long before Jules was served her divorce papers, trouble was brewing between the couple. Though it can be hard to determine the exact circumstances of any marital dispute, sources have reported that Jules and Michael were already estranged when Jules called the police because she felt threatened by the manner in which Michael was speaking to her. Though no arrests were made, it seems that the situation was definitely symbolic of the status of their relationship. Continue reading