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Happy 2017 Paralegal Day!

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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 20, 2017 at Paralegal Day in New Jersey and recognize paralegals as important partners in the delivery of legal services. 

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Using an NJ Process Server: When Local Is Good

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NJ process serverWhen using an NJ process server, making sure you’re using a process server that’s local to the area is essential.

Fast, efficient process is always the end goal of each and every service and a local process server makes sure you’re achieving just that.

Here’s how they do it:

Multiple Attempts

In a perfect world a process server would attempt the service, the individual would be home or the business open and service would be completed on the first attempt. Yet we all know that isn’t how things usually go.

With people working varying shifts, going on vacation or avoiding service, serving an individual could take multiple trips back to a location. What happens if the server lives an hour away from the address versus two towns over? Instead of an attempt almost daily, the attempts could be as a long as a week in between.

The difference in time costs law firms money and can mean filing delays (which could also make for some unhappy clients).

Knowledge of Area

Certain areas can be difficult to serve in. There are locations that are difficult to find, parts of cities which are less than safe than others or areas full of buildings or lots without numbers.

A process server who is familiar with a given area will be more likely to pick up on these pieces.

Odds are if that address is in a server’s regular area, they’ll be aware of these nuances in neighborhoods and locations.

Personal Touch

Knowing the neighborhood goes a long way. If an individual isn’t home or a business isn’t open a local process server will know who to reach out to get some more information.

Talking to the right neighbor can mean finding out the subject doesn’t come home until 8pm each night. Reaching out to other businesses in the near vicinity can reveal the company shut its doors three weeks ago.

Go Local

At DGR, all of our servers serve in the towns near where they live. With over 90 employees across the state this means each and every server knows their area inside and out.

What does that mean for you? It all comes down to faster, more efficient service. A win-win for both you and your clients.

If you’re looking for an NJ Process Server, give us a call!

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Happy Paralegal Day 2016 to all New Jersey Paralegals!

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Everyone here at DGR is wishing all New Jersey paralegals a happy Paralegal Day! Proclaimed by Governor Chris Christie himself, this day is one to recognize the important role paralegals play in the legal system.

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 21, 2016
AS
PARALEGAL DAY

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

Paralegal Day 2016

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NJ Process Servers Seek Immunity From Trespass

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immunity from trespass process serverNJ process servers are seeking to gain immunity from trespass through another already existing bill, SB 2545, which would allow communities to be able to appoint receivers for vacant and abandoned foreclosures in order to expedite the process.

According to the New Jersey Professional Process Servers Association:

“There exists a statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:50-53. et seq, that allows for mortgage lenders to seek expedited mortgage foreclosures for residential properties that are determined to be vacant or abandoned.  Those determinations are often done by process servers.  In so doing, there is a risk that the person conducting those inquiries may be exposed to trespass allegations, especially when looking into a home that is actually occupied.”

NJPPSA is joining with the Community Associations Institute (CAI-NJ) to support the bill.

“In our efforts to seek protection for private process servers in New Jersey, we have joined CAI-NJ in its efforts, and have submitted recommendations to Senator Ronald Rice that the bill be further amended to include an immunity from trespass provision for persons, including process servers, who conduct those inquiries.  We ask you to join CAI-NJ, and NJPPSA, in support of those amendments by communicating to Senator Rice.  Please mention that his proposed bill should include immunity from trespass as recommended by NJPSSA.

Help New Jersey process servers in their efforts to gain immunity from trespass in foreclosures. Contact Senator Rice in support of the bill of be sure to mention the bill should include immunity from trespass for process servers.

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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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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!

NYSPPSA Conference

 

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

 

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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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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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Why New Jersey Foreclosure Cases Require a Knowledgeable Process Server

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New Jersey foreclosure cases, with their lengthy and specific rules and compliance requirements, make having a knowledgeable process server a must.

Because of the constant change in foreclosure rules, what was acceptable as to service and due diligence three years ago is very different then the accepted practices for today.

Knowing what information to collect depending on who is residing at the property as well as making any notations as to the property condition can be invaluable for an attorney seeking a foreclosure. Proper notification of tenants is also extremely important in foreclosure cases, and your process server should know what information needs to be given and how to proceed if the property is tenant occupied. Sometimes an individual will only answer the door once and this is a process server’s golden opportunity to get the information both they and the plaintiffs need.

In the case of foreclosures knowing the rules regarding fictitious spouses is also relevant, as many courts have requirements as to how you can serve an individual and their spouse. Serving someone as the “husband of” or “wife of” or not serving them at all could mean the difference of needing to attempt service again or not. Serving again = increased timelines and more money spent.

Having a knowledgeable and experienced process server can also reduce costs. Many times in the event where service can’t be completed, an attorney must serve through alternate methods such as publication and certified mail. The cost of publication varies depending on the particular newspaper and number of words, but it is always an additional cost and additional time that could have been avoided if service was completed.

There is also the administrative tasks required for producing publications. The courts are very strict in regard to what they will or won’t accept as proper service by publication and having one piece of information wrong or missing from a publication will almost always result in needing to print the publications all over again.  Time spent on publications is valuable time you and your staff could be spending elsewhere.

Looking for a knowledgeable New Jersey process server to handle your foreclosure services? Contact us today to see how our expertise can help keep your timelines moving.

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Process Service & Private Investigations: How The Two Can Work Together

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process serviceIn our last article we talked about the importance of due diligence in process service. What happens when you need to take your due diligence a step further? That’s where a private investigator can help.

In cases where personal service is necessary, hiring a private investigator can help you obtain more detailed information about an individual’s whereabouts. Most process servers develop techniques and skills to locate alternate addresses for service as their experience grows, but private investigators have a wealth of databases and information available to them that is not accessible to the general public. Being able to pull past addresses and current information on an individual can help locate a person quickly for service.

There are times when a DMV check and all information will point back to a particular address for an subject, but the person who answers the door may say the subject no longer resides there. In this case it may be helpful to run a full check on an individual to prove they do indeed live there in order to pursue alternate service.

There are also times when a private investigator may conduct a more traditional type of investigation, canvassing areas where the individual used to reside in order to find a new address or place of employment. In cases where a residential address can be difficult to obtain, a subject can sometimes be tracked down by place of employment.

Looking for private investigations or process server? We can help. Contact us today for more information.

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