A big thank you to all our clients!

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This year DGR is celebrating its 35th anniversary and we couldn’t have done it without all of our loyal clients. So from all of us at DGR, here’s a big thank you.

With over 3 million papers served and hundreds of thousands of deliveries, we’ve worked hard to make sure speed, competitive pricing and customer service are always our top priorities.

We’re looking forward to another 35 years of the same values with our amazing clients.

– Jerry Colasurdo and everyone at DGR

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Illinois Bill Proposes Process Servers Wear Body Camera

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process server body cameraWearing a body camera could become a requirement for process servers in Illinois.

A recently introduced bill would require process servers in counties with a population of 3,000,000 or more to wear a body camera while serving and record all attempts.

The bill, HB6327, also requires the process server to store the data until the case involving the service is fully adjudicated.

While currently only one county, Cook, has a population of more 3,000,000, if the bill is passed it could set a dangerous precedent.

The use of body cameras by law enforcement has always raised one primary budget concern – the cost associated with the organization and storing of data. For process servers, many of whom operate on a lower-scale budget, this requirement could prove to be an unbearable cost.

When the DCA implemented GPS requirements for services on NYC process servers, one effect was nearly 60% of process servers choosing not to renew their license in the two years following. The costs were simply too burdensome for many process servers to take on.

There is no doubt if body cameras were required in Illinois for process servers a similar effect would take place. This is unfortunate, as it eliminates healthy competition and reduces attorneys’ options.

The Illinois Association of Professional Process Servers (ILAPPS) has drafted points in opposition to the bill.  While the association determines next steps, ILAPPS is encouraging members to write to their elected officials in opposition to the bill.

To read the full bill click here.

To read ILAPPS’ submitted comments click here.

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New Jersey Process Servers Successful in Request for Summons Modication

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New Jersey process servers have successfully petitioned the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to approve an alternate language rider to the Summons form.

The request to the AOC stemmed from the realization by the New Jersey Professional Process Servers Association (NJPPSA) that despite a number of court forms being translated for persons of Limited English Proficiency (LEP), the Summons form had not yet been translated. In an effort to make sure every individual receiving a Summons gets the same comprehension of the notice received and to protect due process rights, NJPPSA submitted a request on February 12, 2016.

By February 14th the AOC had sent a response indicating the Superior Court translation team was working on the Spanish translation of the summons form.

For both LEP individuals and NJPPSA, this particular AOC request has been a success.

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Why You Need a Foreclosure Process Service Expert

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Why do you need a foreclosure process service expert? Service of process involving foreclosure matters are a completely different type of service in New Jersey as well as many other states than traditional types of service involved in litigation and divorce matters.

As process servers who specialize in foreclosure services, DGR is very familiar with the myriad of requirements when it comes to these types of cases.

In residential foreclosure matters where the property involved is the sole abode of the defendants, you are often dealing with relatively high emotionally charged situations. Add into this compliance and service requirements and you suddenly have a service which varies greatly from the average service.

As foreclosure process service experts, we can tell you the following about why it’s important to choose a process server who knows what they’re doing:

  • Timelines

Anyone who is involved in any aspect of foreclosures on the plaintiff’s end is well aware of the importance surrounding timelines. While every service at DGR is always handled as quickly and efficiently as possible, we are especially sensitive to the needs of our foreclosure clients when it comes to completing service and filing an affidavit within a very short time frame.

  • Compliance

Compliance is becoming a fast-growing requirement of any vendor working with a lender in any capacity. Having a process server who keeps up to date with compliance requirements means you can satisfy your own client’s needs while making sure your service is completed.

  • Knowledge

Requirements for foreclosure services are constantly changing. From adding on mediation forms to notice for tenant requirements to vacant and abandoned inspection, you want your process server to be up-to-date and knowledgeable on every aspect of foreclosure services. One wrong service could result in the need to start a case over from the beginning if particular court rules weren’t followed.

These are just a few reasons you need to make sure you are choosing a process service who knows how to deal with foreclosure services. When dealing with lenders and banks, there is little room for a mistake throughout the foreclosure process.

Looking for a foreclosure process service expert? Contact us today and see how we can help.

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Another Case of International Service of Process Via Facebook Allowed

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In yet another case, service of process via Facebook has been granted in an international case, this time by the United States District Court in Maryland.

In Lipenga v. Kambalame a suit was filed against a Malawian diplomat. The plaintiff was unable to find a personal address for the defendant and so service was effectuated in accordance with a Malawian statute that allows the individual to be served through the Head of the Office if they are in the Public Service. Yet despite the Malawian central authority stating in e-mail service was completed and a certificate would be sent shortly, the plaintiff never received a certificate of service.

Without the certificate, the plaintiff could not pursue an entry of default as the court could not confirm that Kambalame had ever received the court documents.

Based on FTC v. PPCare247 Inc. the judge then approved service by Facebook and email. Because Malawai has not objected to Article 10(a) of the Hague Convention on Service of Judicial and Extrajudicial documents, the judge used this basis to apply service by electronic means in addition to postal channels.

In this particular case, the e-mail address was verified as belonging to the defendant through a series of communications to between plaintiff’s counsel and the defendant. The Facebook account was verified by the plaintiff and it was noted by the court there was regular activity on the account, indicating there was a reasonable assumption the court documents would be seen by the defendant.

What’s interesting in this case is that unlike the recent New York cases involving Facebook service ( Noel B v Anna Maria A and Baidoo v. Blood-Dzraku), there was minimal proof in Lipenga v. Kambalame the Facebook account belonged to the defendant. The plaintiff’s statement that this was indeed the account without having proof seems to be the only support for the claim. The alternate method of e-mail service was much more dependable however and given Facebook service was made in conjunction with e-mail, there is much more reason to believe the defendant would actually receive the documents.

To view the full opinion go to: https://lettersblogatory.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/09317366442.pdf

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NJPPSA Submits Request Supporting Service of Process on Persons of Limited English Proficiency

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The New Jersey Professional Process Servers Association (NJPPSA) has submitted a request to the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) in an effort to approve and publish an alternate language rider to the Summons form.

This rider would translate the form to Spanish, providing an opportunity for persons of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) to have the same comprehension of the notices received and involved in due process.

The New Jersey Supreme Court has already approved and published a number of court forms for LEPs. Summons for small claims, tenancy and district court are part of these already approved forms. Yet there still remains server divisions where forms have not been approved, such as in the Chancery and General Equity divisions.

Process servers who are part of NJPPSA have taken notice of this through their job responsibilities and recognize the need for the translation of all Summons into Spanish.

Take a look at the full text of the request here.

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NYSPPSA Conference 2016- Dave the Date

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NYSPPSA Conference – Save the Date!

The New York State Professional Process Servers Association (NYSPPSA) has announced the dates and location for their 2016 Conference.

September 23rd-25th
Saratoga Casino and Hotel
342 Jefferson Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

NYSPPSA’s conferences always bring in great speakers on important and relevant topics for process servers. Be sure to save the date. Hope to see you all there!

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Here’s a recap from last year’s conference: https://www.dgrlegal.com/associations/nysppsa-convention-recap/

 

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Virginia Looked To End Prohibition of Service on Sundays

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Prohibition of Service on SundaysVirginia entered a bill into the Senate which would eliminate the prohibition of process on Sundays.

Sponsored by Senator Jennifer Wexton, the bill was introduced on December 21, 2015 but was defeated in the Courts of Justice (6-Y 9-N). The bill called for the repeal of  §8.01-289 of the Code of Virginia.

Virginia isn’t the only state which prohibits service on Sundays. Other states which don’t allow service on Sundays includes:

  • Florida
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Allowing service to be completed on Sundays would provide a valuable and much-needed weekend day to complete service. Many individuals who are not home on the weekdays tend to be home on the weekend, particularly in the morning hours or Sunday evenings.

Virginia currently has its own process server association, the Commonwealth of Virginia Association of Professional Process Servers (CoVAPPS).

Here is the full text of the original bill:  https://legiscan.com/VA/text/SB75/2016

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DGR Celebrates 35th Anniversary

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This year DGR – The Source for Legal Supports celebrates 35 years of providing process service and messenger service to the legal community.

Started in 1981 by Jerry Colasurdo and operating as a one-man show covering the entire state for over three years, hard work has turned DGR into an international operation with over 80 employees.

DGR has expanded as well over the years, adding on document retrieval, notary services and foreclosure services to help provide clients with a wider range of services all within one business.

All of these services focus on the same foundation blocks. Since the start DGR has been built on three things: speed, competitive pricing and customer service. Sticking to those cornerstones has allowed DGR to grow while keeping our clients happy.

“In the past 35 years DGR has served hundreds of thousands of defendants and delivered thousands and thousands of documents and packages. I’ve always stressed to our employees that service 1,000 for a client should be performed just as diligently as service 1. Keeping consistent over the years has helped us grow a very loyal client base while bringing on new clients who are looking for a process server and messenger service they can depend on”, says Jerry Colasurdo, President and owner of DGR – The Source for Legal Support.

We’re excited to see what’s going to happen in the next 35 years and look forward to continuing to work with our amazing, loyal clients.

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Tug’s Anniversary – 20 Years With DGR

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Tug's Anniversary - 20 Years With DGRTugrul Turna, or Tug as most of us at DGR know him, celebrated his 20 year anniversary with DGR in November. Originally from Turkey, Tug started working at DGR on November 18th, 1995 and it would be his first job in the States.

Over the years Tug has encountered some interesting situations and collected quite a few stories. One time he was serving a subpoena for records upon a dentist whose office was located at the end of a strip mall. As he was telling the secretary what he had for the dentist, the dentist looked in from an adjoining room and told the secretary not to accept the papers. Tug indicated he was still going to leave the papers and they were only a request for records, not for a deposition or notice of any suit. The dentist became so upset with this that he came around from behind the desk area, yelling at Tug. People in the waiting area stared as the doctor grabbed Tug’s wrist and the secretary came after him, yelling and waving her hands in the air. Eventually Tug managed to break free and started running to his car which was parked at the end of the strip mall. Just when he thought it was safe, he turned to see the dentist chasing after him! Thankfully he managed to get to his car in time and pulled away from the scene without any further incident.

Tug’s favorite story though is when he had to complete a service on a defendant who had been evading right after the big snow storm of ’96. DGR was told he left his house every morning at 5am to go to Starbucks. The only problem was that he lived in a big house on a hill, which was blocked with a fence and en electric gate in front of the driveway. Tug waited nearly five hours that night into the morning in his car, waiting for the defendant to exit. Which wouldn’t have been so bad except snow was piled five feet high everywhere and his car didn’t have heat! With his car parked along the stone fence in view of the gate, he must have looked a little suspicious because a cop stopped to ask him what he was doing. Once he explained the cop left.

Eventually the defendant drove down the driveway. As the gates slowly opened, Tug saw the defendant relaxed and smoking with his window down. Tug took his chance and jumped next to the car, explaining what papers he had. The defendant tried to pull away, but Tug knew he had to finish this service. He held onto the car door and stuck his arm into the window, shoving the papers into the car as the man tried to roll up his window.

Thank you Tug for all you do. DGR wouldn’t be the same without you!

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