Orange County Superior Court Implements new eFiling Fee

Effective July 1, 2017, the Orange County Superior Court is implementing a new convenience fee for eFiling transactions.

The Court will now charge a $2.25 convenience fee on all eFiling transactions (see Public Notice Here). This fee is in addition to other court fees e.g., filing of a complaint, and service fees charged by LegalConnect for use of its eFiling portal.

Here are some highlights you might be interested in:

  • This will be for Limited and Unlimited Civil Cases, as well as Probate Cases, for Attorneys and Parties without Attorneys
  • The Court will charge on Rejected Filings
  • This will not be charged for Fee Waivers
  • This will not be charged on Government Agencies or Customers filing on behalf of Government Agencies
  • This will not be for Small Claims, Mental Health, or Family Law filings

As always, if you have any questions about this new fee, please contact Customer Support at 888-514-5067 or efile@attorneyscertified.com.

Let us know if you need to place an order for any of our services. We’re here to help.

Chad Barger
eFiling Success Manager

Los Angeles County Superior Court News

Los Angeles County Superior CourtLos Angeles County Superior Court News

LASC TO REQUIRE PROBATE DIVISION SUBSEQUENT DOCUMENT FILING COVERSHEET

Effective May 2, 2016, all documents filed in a case already established with the Los Angeles Superior Court Probate Division must be filed with the designated Probate Division Subsequent Document Filing Coversheet (PRO 037).

Also effective May 2, 2016, the Probate Case Coversheet – Certificate of Grounds for Assignment to District (PRO 010) is revised and must be filed with documents initiating a case with the Probate Division. Both forms are posted on the Court’s website www.lacourt.org under the Probate Division.

To Download the Original Notice, click here.

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ACS HOLIDAY HOURS 2015

Hand drawn calligraphic letterings design set for winter holidays on chalkboard. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Vector illustration.

ACS Holiday Hours 2015

Attorney’s Certified Services will be closed on the following days during the upcoming holiday season. We appreciate the opportunity that we’ve had to work with you and look forward to working with you for many years to come. From all of us at Attorney’s Certified Services, we wish you and your family a very happy holiday season.

 

 

Thanksgiving
Wednesday – 11/25/15 (Thanksgiving Eve), Closing at 3:00pm
Thursday – 11/26/15 (Thanksgiving Day) Closed
Friday – 11/27/15 (Day After Thanksgiving) Closed

Christmas
Thursday – 12/24/15 (Christmas Eve), Closing at 1:00pm
Friday – 12/25/15 (Christmas Day) Closed

New Year’s
Thursday – 12/31/15 (New Year’s Eve), Closing at 3:00pm
Friday – 1/1/16 (New Year’s Day) Closed

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ACS HOLIDAY HOURS 2014

Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy New YearACS Holiday Hours 2014

Attorney’s Certified Services will be closed on the following days during the upcoming holiday season. We appreciate the opportunity that we’ve had to work with you and look forward to working with you for many years to come. From all of us at Attorney’s Certified Services, we wish you a very happy holiday season.

Thanksgiving
Wednesday – 11/26/14 (Thanksgiving Eve), we will close at 4:00pm
Thursday – 11/27/14 (Thanksgiving Day)
Friday – 11/28/14 (Day After Thanksgiving)

Christmas
Wednesday – 12/24/14 (Christmas Eve), we will close at 3:00pm
Thursday – 12/25/14 (Christmas Day)

New Year’s
Wednesday – 12/31/14 (New Year’s Eve), we will close at 3:00pm
Thursday – 1/1/15 (New Year’s Day)

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New Long Beach Courthouse Ready to Open

NEW LONG BEACH COURTHOUSE READY TO OPEN

Long Beach Courthouse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse Opens in Long Beach Sept. 9 2013

Long Beach – The new Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse will open for business on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. Located at 275 Magnolia Ave., between West Broadway and West Third St. in Long Beach, the new courthouse replaces the 55 year-old Long Beach Courthouse at 415 W. Ocean Blvd.

Part of the Los Angeles Superior Court system, the old Long Beach Courthouse is one of a group of courthouses in California identified as having the greatest need for replacement. When the old courthouse opened in 1958, the city of Long Beach had a population of 344,168. The population today is approximately 650,000 – almost double.

The Long Beach Courthouse is part of what is known within the Los Angeles Superior Court as the South District. Including the San Pedro and Catalina Courthouses, the South District filed 162,895 cases in Fiscal Year 2011-2012. When the San Pedro and San Pedro-Beacon Street Courthouses closed earlier this year, the Long Beach Courthouse absorbed much of the business that had been handled at those locations. The new courthouse will hear civil, criminal, family law, unlawful detainer, juvenile delinquency and traffic matters.

Roughly 110,000 people enter the courthouse monthly. On busy days, the line of people waiting to enter the old courthouse might wrap around the building. The new courthouse was designed with a spacious, open entry and an expanded weapons screening area which will be able to accommodate the public in much greater numbers, eliminating long lines outside.

The number of operating courtrooms remains at 24; however, there is room to expand. Los Angeles County’s District Attorney, Public Defender, and Probation Dept. will all have offices in the new courthouse. In addition to the County agencies, the courthouse includes space for five retail occupants which will include The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Subway. A nearby parking structure was renovated to allow for increased public parking.

Innovative public-private financing provided the means to build the Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse in these tight economic times. Long Beach Judicial Partners was selected by the Administrative Office of the Courts to finance, design, build, operate and maintain the new courthouse. Clark Construction Group managed the project’s design and construction. The completion of the new courthouse came in on time and under budget.

The old Long Beach Courthouse will cease operations permanently at the close of business this Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.

Click HERE to view notice.

What is a Notary Public?


California Notary Public

What is a Notary Public?

A notary public helps protect individuals and businesses from fraudulent activities during the signing of documents and administration of oaths.  A notary’s main objective is to ensure that a document is authentic, that it is not signed under duress or intimidation, and to properly verify the signer’s identity and signature.  

Read on to learn a detailed overview of the role of a notary public and the benefits of using a notary public during the signing of documents and the administration of oaths. 

A notary public (sometimes called a notary or a public notary) is an officer commissioned by the California Secretary of State to serve the public in non-contentious matters.  Notaries typically perform the following duties: 

      1.    Administer Oaths & Affirmations;

      2.    Certify the Acknowledgment of Documents;

      3.    Certify Affidavits;

      4.    Certify Depositions;

      5.    Issue Protests of Notes & Bills; and/or

      6.    Perform Civil Marriage Ceremonies.

Notarized Documents

The most typical notarial transactions involve the execution (signing) of documents.  Such documents may include contracts, deeds, power of attorneys, health directives, home inspections, trust signings, corporate documents, or depositions. 

The document signer must physically appear before the notary, prove his/her identity to the notary, and acknowledge his/her comprehension of the document and willingness to sign.  The document signer must also affirm that the contents of the document are true. 

The notary uses an embossing tool to verify his or her presence at the signing of the document.  A notarized document can certify that the person whose signature is entered on the document personally appeared before the notary, established his or her identity, and personally signed the document in the presence of the notary.

Administration of Oath & Affirmations

As mentioned above, notaries also administer oaths and affirmations to individuals and public officials.  An oath is a solemn promise of truthfulness made by the signer, witness, or office-holder.  Oaths and affirmations should always be taken seriously by the oath-taker and administered with a degree of formality. 

Benefits of Using a Notary Public

The benefits of using a notary public are simple.  Notaries help protect individuals and businesses from illegal and intentional fraudulent activities.  For instance, a notary may be called to testify on your behalf to authenticate evidence regarding the signing of documents, or the administration of an oath.  

Evidence presented by the notary public will be difficult for a judge to keep out during a legal proceeding.  A notary’s testimony will place your opponent in a difficult position if they have made fraudulent statements regarding the legal matter.  Overall, a notary is the best impartial witness to have for the signing of important documents. 

Attorney’s Certified Services provides notary public services throughout Bakersfield, Los Angeles, and San Jose. Our notary public services help reduce fraudulent activities regarding the administration of oaths and the certification of documents.  Contact us at (888) 514-5067 to have your documents notarized.  Our notary public is ready to assist you.

Sources:
Alternative Service via Facebook, Twitter or other Social Networks suggested by the Utah State Courts – by Jeff Karotkin

Notary Public – California Secretary of State

Memorial Day Holiday

memorial day holiday announcement

May 24, 2013

Holiday Announcement: Just a friendly reminder that our Bakersfield, Los Angeles and San Jose offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2013 in observance of Memorial Day.

There will be no pick ups or deliveries this day, so please schedule any assignments in proper time for handling.

All State and Federal courts will be closed.

To learn more about the history of Memorial Day “click here”

The entire team at Attorney’s Certified Services wishes you and yours a safe and pleasureful holiday!

Attorney’s Certified Services
Bakersfield | Los Angeles | San Jose
(888) 514-5067

 

Service of Process through Social Media

Service of process through social mediaService of Process through Social Media Channels

Social media networks have connected millions of people and businesses around the world. In particular, process servers are using social media channels to identify the whereabouts of individuals to effectuate service of process.

Because of the ease social media presents in locating people, courts and state legislators are considering new laws to allow for service of process through social media channels.

Read on to learn how the traditional service of process methods are evolving with current social technological advances and the possible dangers courts may endure for improper service of process through social media channels.

Traditional Service of Process

A plaintiff in a legal proceeding is required to personally serve and deliver the summons and complaint of their cause of action to each named defendant.  This specific court requirement is known as service of process.

Traditionally, service of process within the Unites States is achieved by the following means:

1.    Personal Service
2.    Service By Mail
3.    Substituted Service
4.    Service of Process by Fax and/or Email (limited in most jurisdictions).

Traditional methods of service typically work in most circumstances; however, there are times in which service cannot be achieved.  For instance, service of process may not be achieved if a defendant evades service, or the whereabouts of the defendant is hard to determine.

Courts throughout the United States appear to be considering the approval of service of process through social media channels when other traditional service methods are not feasible.

Service of Process through Social Media Channels

State legislators are starting to consider whether service of process can be effectively achieved through social media channels.  In particular, bills are being proposed to allow for service of process through social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace.

Texas State Representative Jeff Leach recently introduced a bill to the state legislator that would allow for service of process through social media channels.  If enacted, Texas House Bill 1989 will take effect September 1, 2013.

Some state and federal courts have also authorized service of process through social media channels.  For instance, the Utah State Court website offers a Proof of Service form that allows process servers to state how they electronically communicated with the intended recipient.

Further, the United States District Court Judge Paul Englemayer, of the Southern District of New York, recently allowed the Federal Trade Commission to serve legal documents upon five defendants in India by sending a Facebook message to each named defendant.   Opinion and Order: Federal Trade Commission v. PCCare247 Inc., et. al. – Case No. 12 Civ. 7189 (PAE).

Based on current practices, it appears that more state legislators and federal courts may begin to accept service of process through social media channels.

Dangers of Service of Process through Social Media Channels

There are countless legal professionals who do not support service of process through social media channels.  The number one reason most legal professionals do not support the alternative service of process method is due to the lack of authentication and validity of the defendant receiving proper service.

Below you will find two common concerns legal professionals have voiced regarding service of process through social media channels:

1.    How can the identity of the defendant be authenticated?
A main issue of concern amongst legal professionals regarding service of process through social media channels is whether the defendant’s identity can be properly authenticated.

For instance, a named defendant may have similar demographics with other social channel users within the same locale.  How would a process server determine that they are serving the correct person?

Some legal professionals state that corroborating evidence could be used to determine the validity of the defendant’s identity.  The specifics of “what” corroborating evidence is still being determined.

2.    How will process servers validate delivery of service?
Another concern that is raised is how the process server will validate delivery of service.  Well, it may be hard for a process server to guarantee that the named defendant did actually receive notice of service through their social media account.  Most likely, corroborating evidence will need to be used to prove this concern as well.

Looking at recent trends, it is safe to say that more states may begin to adopt legislation outlining methods in which process servers can serve legal documents through social media channels.

Attorney’s Certified Services administers process serving throughout California.  Contact us at (888) 514-5067 to learn how we can help you serve your legal documents.  Our experienced process servers are registered, bonded and ready to assist you. Give us a call and DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE!  Click here for a FREE QUOTE!

Sources
The Texas Tribune
Texas Legislator Introduces Bill That Would Allow Legal Papers to Be Served To People’s Social Media Accounts  – By: Tim Cushing
Texas Bill Would Make Service via Facebook the Law – By Nick Nelson

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT CLOSURES

San Bernardino County Court Closures
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT CLOSURES
Beginning on May 6, 2013, San Bernardino County Superior Court closures and reduced hours plan will take effect.

 

Barstow court will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
All civil cases will be filed in the San Bernardino Central branch.
All unlawful detainer, small claims and traffic cases will be filed in the Barstow branch.
All family law and criminal cases will be filed in the Victorville branch.

Big Bear branch court will close.
All civil cases will be filed in the San Bernardino Central branch.
All family law, unlawful detainer, criminal, small claims and traffic will be filed in the Victorville branch.

Needles branch will close.
All civil cases will be filed in the San Bernardino Central branch.
All family law, unlawful detainer, small claims and traffic will be filed in the Joshua Tree branch.
All criminal cases will be filed in the Victorville branch.

ALL Victorville civil cases will be reassigned to the San Bernardino Central branch.

ALL San Bernardino Central unlawful detainer cases will be reassigned to the Fontana branch.

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM SAN BERNARDINO SUPERIOR COURT ABOUT THESE CHANGES, CLICK HERE

As always, Attorney’s Certified Services is here to help you through the process and answer any questions you may have.  Give us a call at (888) 514-5067, we’d love to help.

Sincerley,
Chad Barger, President
and the ACS Team

 

PRESS RELEASE: SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF KERN

County of Kern

Kern County Superior Court REDUCTION PLAN

PRESS RELEASE: SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF KERN

March 26, 2013. TERRY McNALLY, PIO (661)868-4957

Budget Cuts Require Service Reductions and Changes in Court Operations
Upcoming Changes — Notice per Government Code

The Superior Court, County of Kern, has realized significant, permanent budget reductions of $9.7 Million or 27% of base funding since 2008. While the Court has implemented a number of cost savings measures—reductions in staff, increased pass through of pension and health care benefits to court employees, reduction of controllable expenses in excess of $3 Million—the Court will have a structural deficit of $3.7 Million in the upcoming 2013-2014 budget year. In the past, the Court has been able to utilize savings from local cost cutting measures to balance the annual budget deficits to date. However, these savings are required to be depleted by the end of the fiscal year; therefore, permanent service reductions are required to balance the Court’s budget.

“The Kern Superior Court Judges believe court access is a fundamental component of fair and equitable justice and have approved these reductions reluctantly in the face of severe budget cuts over the past five years,” said Judge Colette M. Humphrey, Presiding Judge. “It is our hope that if future funding is restored to adequate levels, we can reinstate the services of the Court for those people that turn to us for justice.”

A. Reduction of Service Hours:

The Courts last service hour reduction occurred in 2009 with all court processing services closing at 4:00 PM. Given current court employee vacancy rates of 24% and the requirement to further reduce staffing by 20 to 25 additional positions in July 2013—the Court can no longer maintain current service levels. Effective June 10, 2013: All court service counters and telephone hours will be reduced to 3:00 PM Monday – Thursday and to Noon on Fridays. Courtrooms are not impacted by this change and will remain open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Note: The Court has installed drop boxes at all court locations. Documents placed in the drop box by 5:00 PM will be deemed filed on that date.

B. Kern River Regional Court Closure:

The Regional Court located in Lake Isabella, 7046 Lake Isabella Blvd, has been reduced to one court day per week. Budget reductions do not allow continued operation of this part time court location. Effective June 10, 2013: The Kern River Branch Court will be closed. As such, the cases currently heard in Kern River will be transferred as follows:
1) All misdemeanor matters, in-custody and out-of-custody, will be heard in the Ridgecrest Branch, located at 132 E. Coso Ave, Ridgecrest;
2) All Limited Civil matters up to $25,000, small claims, and unlawful detainer matters will be heard in the Ridgecrest Brach, located at 132 E. Coso Ave., Ridgecrest;
3) All traffic infractions will be heard at the Metropolitan Traffic Division, 3131 Arrow Street, Bakersfield.
Note: A drop box will not be available in Lake Isabella. Documents must be filed in the appropriate location for the specific case type.

C. Taft/Maricopa Regional Court Operations Reduction:

The Regional Court in Taft, 311 Lincoln Street, Taft, will be reduced to one court day per week. Maintaining service hours in Taft one day per week is designed to provide local litigants access to a court facility. Effective September 9, 2013: The operating hours for the Taft/Maricopa Regional Court will be reduced to one day per week.
1) All CHP traffic infractions will be transferred to the Arvin/Lamont Regional Court location, 12022 Main Street, Lamont;
2) All Felony filings will be filed and heard at the Arvin/Lamont Branch;
3) Misdemeanor filings will be heard at the Arvin/Lamont Branch;
4) Limited Civil, Small Claims and Taft City Traffic Infractions will be heard at the Taft Facility.
5) Court users may file documents at the Taft Regional Court facility when it is open, or at any other court location in Kern County during normal business hours.
Note: A drop box will be available at the Taft Regional Court Facility.

D. Court Reporters. Metropolitan Division:

The provision of court reporters for family law and unlimited civil matters will be terminated. Effective June 10, 2013: Court reporter services provided by the Court for family law matters and unlimited civil matters will be discontinued with the exception of contempts, domestic violence and abandonments. Per the Government Code, parties may provide their own court reporters for those hearings in which court provided reporting services are no longer available. A protocol for the use of contract reporters is under development and will be posted by June 1, 2013.
The following web page is available for those who want to comment on the aforementioned changes:
WMadmin@kern.courts.ca.gov

Click here for a direct link to the Kern County Superior Court “Website” page to stay up to date

As always, Attorney’s Certified Services is here to help you through the process and answer any questions you may have.  Give us a call at (888) 514-5067, we’d love to help.

Sincerley,
Chad Barger, President
and the ACS Team

 

Bakersfield - Los Angeles - Palm Desert - San Jose
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