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How to Find Success as a Process Server

If you’re just getting started as a process server, you’re probably wondering the best ways to boost your workload and become successful as a server. Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here at Accurate Serve® of Detroit, we know all about finding success as a process server. In this post, we’ll go over our top tips for getting started in this industry.

Be Prepared

Preparation is essential for any process server. You need to know everything about the person you’re trying to serve before you ever set one foot out of your office. This involves a combination of traditional and online research, delving into every nook and cranny of your network and the internet to gather as much information as possible. When you prepare properly before attempting service, you’re not wasting your time chasing a target around and have time to pick up even more cases. Continue reading

What Rules Do Process Servers Have to Follow?

Michigan is one of many states that doesn’t have a certification or licensing program requirement for process servers. Instead, anyone over the age of 18 who is competent and is not named in the court proceedings may serve process in Michigan. However, just because the rules about who can be a process server aren’t very strict doesn’t mean that process servers here can just do whatever they want. There are still rules that Michigan process servers must follow. In this post, we’ll review the most common rules that apply to process servers in Michigan.

Process Servers Must Be Ethical

All process servers are expected to behave ethically, regardless of their location or local laws. Ethical behavior includes not lying, not wearing disguises, not using fake social media accounts, or any other behavior that would be seen as questionable. While process servers do have to be creative sometimes to get the job done, being dishonest is never acceptable. In fact, it can get an entire case dismissed based on improper service Continue reading

Things Process Servers Can Do to Get Someone to Answer Their Door

Is a process server looking for you as the result of a court case or lawsuit? Are you wondering what a process server may do to locate and serve you? We’ll go through what a process server is, some of the most popular techniques they use to find their target, and what isn’t allowed in this post.

What Does a Process Server Do?

A process server is an individual who delivers legal papers to someone else, usually through personal delivery or mail. If possible, the process server should try to deliver the document in person. The process server may seek permission to serve the recipient by alternative methods if the recipient is unable to be reached after many attempts. Continue reading

Legally, Can Process Servers Lie?

Process servers are people who deliver legal paperwork to those accused or involved in a court case. When delivering process, they must adhere to strict rules that prohibit fabricating their identity or the purpose of their visit, impersonating someone else, or using gimmicks. While process servers are not permitted to break the law while carrying out their responsibilities, they sometimes must think outside the box to get the job done.

Process Servers Cannot Lie While Working

A process server must honestly state who they are and why they’re visiting the person to be served. This implies that process servers cannot pretend to be someone else, such as a police officer or a friend of the individual being served. Wearing disguises is also frowned upon. Continue reading

Are Process Servers Essential in the Legal Process

Have you heard of process servers before but don’t really understand what they do? Don’t worry, that’s how a lot of people feel. The only experience most of us have with process servers is through the movies, where they are depicted as disguise-wearing tricksters that lie, cheat, and steal to gain access to their intended target. In real life, the job is a little less adventurous.

Functions of a Process Server

A process server simply delivers court case paperwork to an intended recipient. This delivery is typically in person, but can sometimes be via mail, online, or other means. The court case paperwork that process servers deliver includes: Continue reading

Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Process Server

Before you ever file your civil case in a Michigan court, you need to be thinking about how you’re going to find a reputable process server to serve the defendants and witnesses. Now, you could just go ahead and save yourself some time by making a call to Accurate Serve®, Detroit’s premier process service agency. Our servers meet the strictest standards, so you’ll never worry about improper service derailing your case. Call us at (313) 385-3703 or send us your service requests online to get started today.

Even if you hire one of our talented, competent servers for your process needs, you should always ask the following questions: 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 [email protected] 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
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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.
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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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Common Questions About Process Servers

What is process?

Process is paperwork related to a court case that should be served to the defendant(s) named in the case. Process typically includes summons, complaints, and subpoenas, but it can be almost anything.

What is a process server?

A process server is simply a person who is trained and authorized to deliver the court case process to its intended recipient. The recipient is usually a defendant, but can also be a witness, subject matter expert, or someone else. 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
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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
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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
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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.
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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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Why it is Important to NEVER Avoid a Process Server

If you’ve been named as a defendant in a civil case, issued a subpoena, or had some type of writ issued against you, you may be thinking about skipping out on the process server to evade the issue. This could be one of the worst decisions that you could make. Avoiding a process server will not make the issue go away, yet it may add additional charges to your case that you will most likely end up being ordered to pay.

What if the Process Server Never Finds Me?

Even if the process server never finds you physically, they may be permitted to serve you via an alternative method by substitution or publication. If a judge grants this request, you will be considered served once the conditions of the alternative service have been met. Continue reading

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