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2017 Process Service Events

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process service eventsReady to get to some 2017 process service events to learn from great speakers and educational topics while networking? Here’s a list of some upcoming events, conferences and conventions:

April 21-22
ILAPPS Conference
Rosemont, IL
www.ilapps.com

April 29
NJPPSA Quarterly Meeting
Topic: E-filing & E-service
Dunellen, NJ
www.njppsa.org

May 20-22
NAPPS Annual Conference
New Orleans, LA
www.napps.com/upcomingevents

June 10
APSA Process Server CLE Education Classes
Flagstaff, AZ
www.arizonaprocessservers.org/events

August 18-20
FAPPS Process Server Professional Getaway
Daytona Beach, FL
www.fapps.org/meetings

September 15-16
TPSA Convention
Corpus Christi, TX
www.texasprocess.org/2017convention

September 15-16
NYSPPSA Convention
Satatoga Springs, NY
www.nyppsa.org

September 22
CALSPRO Conference
Rancho Mirage, CA
www.calspro.org/events

Events for process servers are a great way to make connections and have resources available across the country. Educational events and seminars help process servers to stay up to date with rule and law changes and continue to uphold the professionalism of the industry.

Sign up for an event in your area today!

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NYSPPSA Joins Article 78 Proceedings Against DCA

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NYC-Department-of-Consumer-Affairs-DCA-logo1In response to burdensome rules and requirements put into place by the DCA, the New York Professional Process Servers Association (NYSPPSA) will be joining Article 78 proceedings being filed against the Department of Consumer Affairs.

The association will not be putting forward any costs for the proceedings. Attorney Myra Sencer will be handling the submission of the Article 78 proceeding, which will go above the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to the courts asking them to review the situation regarding process servers in NYC. Article 78 proceedings are usually only filed once the party has attempted to reconcile the issue through the agency. In this situation however, NYSPPSA feels the proceeding is more than warranted.

Since 2010 New York process servers have been dealing with the DCA’s newly imposed rules and requirements in the wake up a massive scandal which resulted in over 100,000 collection cases being overturned due to sewer service.  But NYSPPSA says the DCA keeps provoking to the point of no choice.

Getting around the rules

NYSPPSA and many other process servers believe the DCA has essentially created their own way around past settlement agreements through “legislation by coercion”.

In December 2010 the DCA opened the floor for comments in regard to the newly imposed rules. Despite testimony from numerous process servers, including the President of the New York State Professional Process Servers Association, the DCA rejected the proposed rules and changes.

In response to burdensome cost and time requirements put into place that would effectively create too high a barrier for many to continue working as a process server in New York City, NYSPPSA filed a lawsuit against the agency.

Months into the lawsuit in April the DCA acquiesced to some of the proposed rule changes. The revised rules were ones NYSPPSA felt every process server could live by and dropped the lawsuit.

Shortly after process servers began getting consent orders from the DCA which would supersede the settlement agreement from the lawsuit. The message in the consent orders was clear to the process servers who received them: sign and approve the consent orders or have your license revoked.

Lack of industry knowledge

Part of the problem, says Larry Yellon, President of NYSPPSA, is those who are putting the fines into place have no knowledge of the industry or its rules and nuances.

For example, he received a phone call from a woman who owns an agency. The DCA was fining her because her server didn’t describe the color of the hallways when he did a nail and mail. Yet the residence was a private home – there were no hallways.

The agency owner ultimately won when she contested the fine, but only after spending money and time to do so. This is just one of many instances of such fines.

The fines are so frequent some agencies have taken on the expense of hiring a compliance officer to make sure every I is dotted and every t crossed to avoid fines. The cost to do so isn’t one many process service companies can afford though.

The result? Many mom and pops are being pushed out of the business.

Renewals

The recent renewal period for NYC process server and agency licenses has highlighted the difficulties NYC process servers encounter when dealing with the DCA and a lack of clarity.

Back in January, the DCA sent out letters a month and half prior to the end of the license term on February 28th requesting every agency to fill out a report. Based on this report, the DCA decided 46 agencies did not quality for renewed licenses.  They did however give out temporary letters for a renewed license.

But there are discrepancies between what these agencies are being told. Some were told their license would be good until May 31st while others were simply told their licenses wouldn’t be renewed.

The worst part for those who were denied licenses? The DCA can do so without provided a hearing, unlike every other type of industry regulated by the agency.

Looking forward

The Article 78 proceedings have yet to be filed. Once filed, NYSPPSA is hopeful for a thorough review of the DCA’s proceedings against process servers by the court.

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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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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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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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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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Upcoming Process Server Events

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Interested in getting to an event for process servers soon? Here’s a list of upcoming meetings and conferences:

TPSA Annual Convention
September 17-19

Tropicana Riverwalk Hotel
San Antonio, TX

Information and registration: https://www.texasprocess.org/event-1911460

NJPPSA Meeting With Guest Speaker
October 1
6:30pm

LouCas
9 Lincoln Highway, Edison, NJ

The New Jersey Professional Process Servers Association will be hosting a meeting discussing potential legislation protecting process servers against trespass and gaining access to gated communities. Guest speaker Rochelle Moneta from LeRoe Promotional Marketing, who specializes in the legal industry, will be discussing how to stretch your marketing dollars, how to brand your business successfully and how to get new clients in the door.

Information and registration: https://njppsa.org/calendar/njppsa-dinner-meeting-with-speaker/

CALSPro Annual Conference
OCtober 16-18

Monte Carlo Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

Information and registration:https://calspro.org/events/annual-conference/

NAPPS Board Meeting
November 7

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel
3555 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

FAPPS Education Class (4 Hour Annual Renewal/Continuing Education)
November 11
9am-1pm

 Hyatt Place Orlando
Orlando, FL

Contact administrator@fapps.org to register

FAPPS Annual Conference
April 15-17, 2016

Embassy Suites Orlando
Kissimmee, FL

Information and registration: https://www.texasprocess.org/event-1911460

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Illinois Association of Professional Process Servers Applies for Charter Membership

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The Illinois Association of Professional Process Servers (ILAPPS) application for charter membership to the National Association of Professional Process Servers (NAPPS) will be voted on at the national association’s upcoming meeting on August 8th.

The meeting information is as follows:

Date: Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at 9:00am

Location: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone 215-625-2900

Since its inception in 2010 ILAPPS has achieved a number of laudable goals, including passage of a bill making assault against a process server a felony.

To learn more about the Illinois Association of Professional Process Servers or to apply for membership go to www.ilapps.org.

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