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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How A Property Inspection Is Different From a Home Inspection

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New Jersey Property InspectionsA property inspection within the foreclosure industry, along with occupancy inspections, are not the same as the typical home inspection most people are familiar with.

A home inspection generally comes prior to the purchase of a residence or building. An inspector will come to look at the entirety of the property, including the structure, exterior, roofing, plumbing, electrical and heating and interior. This is generally a very detailed process which involves testing all devices, outlets, energy sources and heating and air conditioning units.

When moving forward with a foreclosure action, the types of inspections which take place are generally less involved and do not include a complete inspection of the entire property.

The property inspection takes place when a bank or lender wishes to know the condition of the property. This type of inspection also helps determine if a property is vacant and abandoned, which in some states like New Jersey allows the lender to pursue an expedited completion of the action.

Property inspections include information such as:

  • Whether or not the lawn is overgrown
  • Damage to the property
  • Absence of furnishings and personal items
  • Overall condition of property

The occupancy inspection is another piece of the foreclosure process. This type of inspection includes verifying whether the property is owner or tenant occupied. If the property is tenant occupied, the inspection also attempts to get rental amounts, a copy of the lease agreement and the owner’s address and contact information.

Within the foreclosure process the types of inspections involved are sometimes confused with home inspections. The two most common inspections in foreclosures involve less inspection of the inside of a property than a general home inspection and instead focus on the exterior along with the owners and tenants.

Need a property/occupancy inspection? Contact DGR and see how we can quickly get you the information you need to proceed with your foreclosure action.

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International Service of Process Convention

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international service of process conventionConventions pertaining to the Hague Convention and international service of process can be difficult for people in the United States to attend as they generally take place once a year internationally. This year though in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Hague Service Convention and the 45th anniversary of the 1970 Hague Evidence Convention there will be a special convention taking place right in Washington DC.

For those who want to take advantage of the close proximity of this event and the free attendance, you’ll get to hear from a great lineup about everything from the beginning to the future of the Hague Service Convention and international service of process.

Here are the event details:
Monday, November 2, 2015
Georgetown University
Washington, DC

The event will begin at 8:30, with a number of speakers including Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law Christophe Bernasconi and Hong Kong’s Secretary of Justice Hon. Rimski Yuen.

There will also be panel discussions on the creation of the convention, what’s working and what isn’t with central authorities and how civilians and commons lawyers deal with the conventions.

Expect to also hear on what is coming next and what challenges the conventions are facing.

For more information on the event you can go here.

To register, go here: https://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/centers-institutes/business/rsvp-hague-conf.cfm.

There are also discounted hotel rates available for those who will be traveling into town for the convention.

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Happy Paralegal Day to All New Jersey Paralegals!

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All of us here at DGR would like to wish all New Jersey paralegals happy Paralegal Day, as proclaimed by Governor Chris Christie.

Paralegals play an important role in the legal system and we often hear attorneys tell us they are only as good as the paralegals who support them.

Here is the full text of the proclamation:

WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey recognizes the many contributions of paralegals to the legal profession in the Garden State; and

WHEREAS, it is known that paralegals possess important legal skills and perform substantive legal tasks; and

WHEREAS, paralegals provide critical legal services to large and small companies, individuals and public entities throughout New Jersey;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRIS CHRISTIE, Governor of the State of New Jersey, do hereby proclaim:

OCTOBER 23, 2015
AS
PARALEGAL DAY

in New Jersey and recognize paralegals as important partners in the delivery of legal services.

New Jersey Paralegals 2015

Share this proclamation with a fellow paralegal and spread the good news.

Have a great Paralegal Day!

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Vote for DGR & Be Entered to Win an iPad!

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New Jersey Law Journal - Best Process ServerWE NEED YOUR VOTE!

For the last three years you’ve voted us the “Best Of” in process service, courier service and private investigations in the New Jersey Law Journal’s annual survey. Take two minutes to help us place again this year and you’ll be entered to win an iPad just for voting.

To vote, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015BestOfNJLJ. You’ll find us under:

  • “Best Process Servers” (category 6 under Litigation Support)
  • “Best Courier Service” (category 3 under Office Services and Equipment)
  • Best Private Investigations Firm (category 5 under Litigation Support) as On The Lookout Investigations.

Please note, for your vote to count you must use your law firm email address or the vote and iPad entry will be discarded.

Vote For DGR - Best Process Server

Voting runs until October 30th.

Thank you in advance to all our loyal customers. We couldn’t do it without you!

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Why Your Messenger Service Needs To Be Familiar With Courts

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New Jersey messenger serviceWhen choosing a messenger service to handle your same day deliveries to courthouses, it’s important to choose a messenger who is familiar with the courts.

In a trial, there are inevitable last minute situations. Having a courier who knows the court system may mean your motion will be filed on time. Otherwise it could mean delaying your case.

A messenger who is knowledgeable with the court system won’t spend time circling the courthouse looking for a place to park. They will know exactly where to go, which parking lot has the best chance of an empty space and when it is worthwhile to spend the money to park when there is a deadline to meet. If they’re a common enough figure at the courthouses, some courts will even let them park directly in front for the time it takes them to run in and make the delivery.

Once they’re in the courthouse, an experienced messenger will know where to bring their delivery. No taking time to read signs or ask for directions. Only an immediate move to where you delivery needs to end up.

Messenger services who are familiar with the courts also know what is and is not allowed in each court. They won’t be trying to bring a water bottle inside with them or being delayed by the many metals items they need to remove to get through the courthouse metal detector. Experienced messengers who know there is only a short time to complete a delivery will know not to wear a belt or bring extra keys or change into the courthouse in order to expedite their trip through the metal detector.

Whether you are a trial attorney with frequent last minutes deliveries or filings going to the courts, or an attorney who is looking for an every- day messenger, it’s important to choose a courier service who is knowledgeable and professional. From personal knowledge of the most efficient way to get into the court including parking and metal detectors to being able to locate the correct destination, an experienced courier service could be the difference between your motion being filed or not.

Is that a risk you’re willing to take? If not, give DGR a call so we can send you our rates for our same-day New Jersey messenger service. With employees and not independent contractors in every county, many of whom have been with DGR for more than 10 years and know the courts inside and out, we can handle any delivery, anywhere.

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National Due Process Day Is Here!

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HappyNationalDueProcessWishing you all a Happy National Due Process Day!

We’re excited to be celebrating the role process servers play in helping to protect Americans due process rights.

We encourage you to help spread the word about today and what it stands for. We’ve created a post explaining what the day is all about and how process servers work to make sure everyone is guaranteed a fair trial.

You can also share the image on your Facebook , Twitter, LinkedIn or other social media accounts with a link to this post along with the #DueProcessDay hashtag.

Enjoy your National Due Process Day!

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