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On The Lookout Investigations Voted “Best Of” Investigations Company By Legal Community

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best of investigations companyFor the third consecutive year, DGR’s sister company, On The Lookout Investigations, has been voted the “Best Of” in private investigations companies in New Jersey by the legal community in the annual New Jersey Law Journal “Best Of” survey.

Anyone who works at a law firm is eligible to cast their vote in the survey, which covers a broad range of legal support service providers, from litigation support to financial services to technology.

“Since launching On The Lookout Investigations in 2010 we’ve heard great feedback from our client base”, says Jerry Colasurdo, President and owner of DGR. “We work hard to make sure our pricing is competitive and clients are getting the information and evidence they need to move forward with cases, settle if possible and win trials.   We know there are plenty of private investigations companies in New Jersey and we’re honored to be recognized as one of the best by the legal community.”

On The Lookout Investigations offers a full range of investigative services, including asset searches, surveillance, witness statements and skip tracing. On The Lookout’s sister company, DGR, also won in the “Best Of” survey in the categories of process service and messenger service.

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DGR Voted “Best Of” Messenger Service By Legal Community For Fourth Year In a Row

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best of messenger service new jerseyFor the fourth consecutive year, DGR – The Source for Legal Support has been voted the “Best Of” in messenger service companies in New Jersey by the legal community in the annual New Jersey Law Journal “Best Of” survey.

Anyone who works at a law firm is eligible to cast their vote in the survey, which covers a broad range of legal support service providers, from litigation support to financial services to technology.

“The results of the survey are thanks to our clients who recognize the quality of our messengers, many of whom are long-time employees that are extremely familiar with the court systems”, says Jerry Colasurdo, President and owner of DGR. “Having employees instead of independent contractors and the level of service that comes along with that is a big part of what sets DGR apart from our competitors. We have our clients to thank for recognizing that and taking the time to vote for us.”

With more than 85 employees, DGR offers same-day messenger service in New Jersey for firms of every size. DGR also won the “Best Of” in process service for its national and international process service and its sister company, On The Lookout Investigations, won in the Private Investigations and Security category.

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DGR Voted “Best Of” In Process Service By Legal Community For Fourth Year In a Row

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Best Of Process serviceFor the fourth consecutive year, DGR – The Source for Legal Support has been voted the “Best Of” in process service companies in New Jersey by the legal community in the annual New Jersey Law Journal “Best Of” survey.

Anyone who works at a law firm is eligible to cast their vote in the survey, which covers a broad range of legal support service providers, from litigation support to financial services to technology.

“DGR’s commitment to excellence and customer service is a part of our every day, without fail”, Jerry Colasurdo, President and owner of DGR says. “We aim for speed, efficiency and competitive pricing, wrapping up the package with responsive customer service and staff you want to call and talk to. I can’t thank our loyal clients enough for their appreciation of what we do and taking the time to vote.”

With more than 85 employees, DGR offers local, national and international process service to firms of all sizes.  DGR also won the “Best Of” in messenger service and its sister company, On The Lookout Investigations, won in the Private Investigations and Security category.

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Ugly Sweater Day at DGR

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Ugly Sweater Day has reached DGR! The office celebrated with a day in the office full of ugly sweaters all around and a contest. Not only did people wear ugly sweaters, the second place trophy came topped with an ugly sweater! Tis the season.

1st Place DGR Ugly Sweater Day WinnerFirst Place: Kasey with her homemade ugly sweater!
2nd Place DGR Ugly Sweater Day Winner

2nd Place: Melissa, also with a homemade ugly sweater!

DGR Office - Ugly Sweater Day

Everyone was getting into the holiday spirit!

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OASIS Proposal and Its Potential Impact on Process Service

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OASIS ProposalRecently the National Association of Professional Process Servers (NAPPS) notified state associations about a proposal put out by the OASIS LegalXML Electronic Filing Technical Committee that has the potential to impact the process service industry.

This proposal suggests the use of e-service and standards associated with it.

Both NAPPS and the New Jersey Association of Professional Process Servers (NJPPSA), along with other state associations, have submitted comments to the committee.

Within these comments both NAPPS and NJPPSA have accepted the use of e-service as a means of secondary service (not to replace initial service attempts). As technology advances there is no doubt e-service will become a more common occurrence and the proposal by OASIS simply serves as a way to preemptively coordinate the best way to effectively handle e-service.

Rather than attempt to completely fight against e-service and the future, the state associations and NAPPS have presented the case for a need for a ‘Trusted Third Party’ to be involved. There are several reasons for this need, the primary one being the same reason a process server is needed within regular service – to ensure an unbiased individual is overseeing the process of ethically and legally obtaining jurisdiction in a legal matter. Without such an individual, there becomes a risk of claims of completed service and conveniently deleted supporting electronic documentation, as well as the possibility of fraudulent email trails and service.

It is important to be on the forefront of this discussion and for process servers to ensure they are actively involved in the development surrounding standards and laws of e-service. State associations as well as individual process servers should be taking note of any potential e-service committees, bill introductions or discussions happening within their state and inserting themselves into the discussion.

I have no doubt this topic will become a more prominent one within the process service industry. It is up to all of us to make sure process servers have a place in this new form of service.

For a copy of the OASIS proposal go here.

For a copy of NAPPS’ response go here.

For a copy of NJPPSA’s response go here.

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Save the Date: 2016 Florida Association of Professional Process Servers Annual Conference

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Save the date for the Florida Association of Professional Process Servers (FAPPS) 25th Annual Conference coming up in 2016!

When:

April 15-17, 2016

Where:

Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista South

4955 Kyngs Health Road

Kissimmee, FL 34746

The conference will include:

  • Networking
  • Educational seminars
  • Exhibitors
  • Elections
  • Annual Meeting

Key an eye out for more details and registration information as the date gets closer.

To see more information, visit www.fapps.org.

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Larry Yellon Wins Robert Marcus Award

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Larry Yellon has been awarded the Robert Marcus Award for Professional and Distinguished Service by the New York State Professional Process Servers Association (NYSPPSA) for 2015 at the October NYSPPSA Convention.

Larry is the current President of NYSPPSA as well as the past-president of the National Association of Professional Process Servers.

In the face of the DCA’s costly and time-consuming compliance requirements for process servers, Larry has worked relentlessly on the behalf of all process servers in the state to make these requirements both more affordable and more reasonable in terms of time-commitment and the ability to still run a business while following DCA rules and requirements.

Through Larry’s efforts as President of NYSPPSA:

  • Process servers who were in danger of having their licenses expire were granted an extension in February 2014
  • Process servers no longer need to maintain a log book for services performed outside of New York City
  • Process servers who failed the DCA exam are now allowed to view missed questions

All of us at DGR would like to congratulate Larry on this well-deserved award!

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NYSPPSA Convention Recap

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NYSPPSALogoThe New York State Professional Process Servers Association (NYSPPSA) had their 11th annual convention October 23-October 25th at the Hilton Long Island.

Gary Crowe, Lance Randall and Bob Musser from NAPPS all attended the NYSPSSA meeting.

Speakers and topics included:

Lance Randall and Gary CroweElectronic Service of Process (ESOP)

Lance and Gary covered the recent OASIS proposal which has the potential to impact the process service industry. They also discussed NAPPS position in their response paper. NAPPS will not be attempting to fight against e-service, but will rather take the approach of the need for a “trusted third party” to ensure service is completed appropriately. As technology moves forward, e-service is the next logical step and working toward making sure process servers have a place in this new form of service is essential.

Renshi Michael Blumenthal (Millennium Martial Arts)Self Defense Demonstration

Michael gave an extensive self-defense presentation, showing a few key techniques process servers can easily memorize and put to use in a potentially dangerous situation. Michael also showed ways to fend off attacks where the assailant has a weapon of opportunity, such as a rake or bat. At the end of the demonstration he explained, along with an assistant and demonstration, how defending an attack from someone with a gun is very difficult – your best bet is always to diffuse the situation or get as much distance as possible versus trying to take the gun away from the individual.

Bob MusserSecure Document Trading Service

Bob covered NAPPS release of the Secure Document Trading Platform, designed to help process servers stay compliant with the need for secure exchange of documents with clients. This platform was first released to NAPPS members and is now being made available to NYSPPSA members. For more information on this platform, please contact Bob Musser at bobm@dbsinfo.com.

Saturday’s meeting concluded with a general NYSPPSA meeting, proposed by-law amendments and the election of officers.

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What Process Servers Have to Be Thankful for in 2015

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This year process service saw some interesting developments. Let’s take a look at what process servers have to be thankful for in 2015:

Illinois Association of Process Servers Becomes a Chartered State Association

ILAPPS has been around for a while now and has achieved some considerable accomplishments, including passing a bill that made assault against a process server a felony. Now the association is officially a chartered state association of NAPPS, meaning they’re eligible for funding from the national association for legislative issues, will receive remuneration for NAPPS members who are also ILAPPS members and receive advertising reciprocity.

Hawaii Passes Bill Protecting Process Servers From Trespass

On June 10th Hawaii passed HB87 which protects process servers from criminal trespass. This protection only applies to process servers who are attempting to serve in good faith and doesn’t apply when the premises are surrounded by a locked gate. For more information go here.

Appellate Court Reverses Decision for Log Book Requirement for Process Servers Outside of New York City

A New York Court reversed the June 2013 decision that process servers outside of New York City had to maintain a log book for services performed outside of New York City. This is good news for process servers in New York since the logbook upkeep can take up a good amount of time.

 

These are just a few of the things we have to be thankful for as process servers in 2015. Have anything else to add? Comment below!

– Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at DGR!

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Upcoming MAAPPS Annual Meeting and Elections

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MAAPPS Process ServersThe Mid Atlantic Association of Professional Process Servers will be holding their annual meeting and elections this coming Saturday, November 14th.

Here are the details for those interested in attending:

When: Saturday, November 14th at 11am

Where:
Gentleman Jim’s
19717 Earhart Court
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

There are a number of speakers included in the line-up:

“Planning Your Financial Future” – Charles Lewandowski
“Self-Defense” – Brian McCoy
“Insurance – An Overview” – Jerry Hollander

For more information and to register go to: https://www.maapps.org/

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