$40.00 PrePay Rate for Certain Process Service

ALIASS Process Service

Pre-Payment Rate of $40.00

ALIASS is offering a promotional prepayment rate of $40.00 for certain process service to specific government agencies and financial institutions. To take advantage of this prepayment rate, you can quickly and easily submit our request service form and then safely and securely submit your $40.00 payment through our corporate website. You can also mail your request to our offices and include a $40.00 check. As long as we receive payment with your request, you qualify for this prepayment rate!

Serving legal documents is not the time to try a do-it-yourself project or to shop for the best priced offer. You need a professional to do the job right the first time, and avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary delays. Whether you need service to one of the entities above or another business or individual, ALIASS strives to stay in the know for the necessary requirements to serve your documents promptly and professionally. Visit our website to learn more about our standard or specialized Process Service.

Not All Are Created Equal

When you require process service to a particular government agency or financial institution, they are not all created equal. Rules and regulations vary depending on the government branch, and if their specific requirements are not followed, they can refuse service. Not only is this frustrating, but it can cost you valuable time and money.

American Legal Investigations & Support Services (ALIASS) has the industry knowledge and professional experience to serve legal documents based on specific, and often strict, guidelines. Below are a few examples of requirements upheld by government agencies and financial institutions:

Citibank, CapitalOne, & Navy Federal Credit Union

Process service to one of these financial institutions is typically to subpoena financial records, notify them of garnishments, provide service as a plaintiff, or provide information regarding a loan, bank account or credit line that the institution holds. While Citibank permits service of process at their branch locations, CapitalOne and Navy Federal Credit Union require service at their headquarters in McLean, VA and Vienna, VA, respectively.

Department of Justice

If an individual or entity requires federal civil or criminal process, the Department of Justice can receive service as a representative for a government official or Attorney General. Whether your process is civil, criminal or foreign, the requirements for where to present service, number of copies and and other requirements vary.

Social Security Administration

Depending on the nature of the service or process, the requirements to serve this federal agency can be dramatically different. For example, service based on a claim related to an employee requires a different approach than if you are serving the actual federal agency or appealing a denied Social Security claim.


Typically, MERS needs to be served with any foreclosure documents for proceedings involving any of their members. However, there are notoriously specific guidelines to successfully complete a process service to MERS, and ALIASS can help you to navigate the challenging course to make sure your legal documents are quickly and efficiently served.


If Santa Was a Server …

If Santa Was a Server ...With the winter storms and the Christmas chaos, the ALIASS team wanted to bring a little humor to your holidays. So we present the Top 15 Countdown of why Santa would be a great Server:

15. He would be the perfect poster child for the PAAPRS ‘Don’t Shoot the Messenger’ campaign …

14. You may start following him more closely on Twitter (his handle is @santaclaus or you can track his whereabouts with @noradsanta) …

13. Coal wouldn’t sound so bad …

12. He would provide service with a friendly smile, a twinkle in his eye, a belly laugh and a candy cane …

11. You hope he doesn’t check-in and update his Facebook status for deliveries throughout the day …

10. He could enjoy a two-for-one opportunity when your kids are waiting in line to ask for presents …

9. He doesn’t need a disguise and kids will happily open the door for the guy in the red suit …

8. When he shows up at your door your kids would say ‘I told you he was real’ …

7. He already tracks the growing naughty list …

6. You hope your home or business is not on his Foursquare places to visit list …

5. He can magically deliver hundreds of thousands of papers in a single day …

4. After serving your documents, he would only expect milk and cookies for the delivery …

3. You would not admit he is real because friends will ask you how you know …

2. He would have a 100% delivery rate because he sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake …

And the #1 reason Santa would be a great Server:

1. He already knows if you’ve been bad or good … he would be good for goodness sake!

Practice Compassion and Respect This Holiday Season

It’s true, bad things happen to good people. One of the common misconceptions is that being served with legal documents is some type of scarlet letter. But the truth of the matter is, being served does not mean you are the ‘bad guy’. You may be a witness for an ongoing case, you may need to defend yourself or your actions or you may even be wrongfully accused. After all, one of the foundational principles of our legal system is the right for due process. This means that anyone can bring a suit against anyone for whatever their reason. Regardless of your innocence, we do sympathize with the stigma of “being served”. No one wants to answer their door to a subpoena or other legal document. And a process server on your doorstep is certainly even less welcome on a holiday. The situation you may be involved in causes enough turmoil, sending you into an emotional tailspin, there is no need to address this in front of family and friends during a holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving from ALIASS!
At ALIASS, we want to demonstrate the respect you deserve. Although not every state prohibits service on a holiday, we respect you as an individual and will do our very best to plan serving legal documents accordingly. In some cases, however, court ordered requests will override these intentions. Even in these cases, we endeavor to maintain the personal nature of our business with you and avoid a very uncomfortable situation during a time of celebration.

Like you, our servers are just people. They are people with families, hobbies, and feelings. A recent video produced by PAAPRS brings to light the human aspect of our servers. You can view this video by clicking this link: Support Process Server Safety. At ALIASS, we believe this perspective can also be applied to those we are serving. In this holiday season, we hope that everyone will truly see the people behind the stereotypes and be respectful of what each individual represents. In the end, we are all just people enjoying the holidays with our loved ones. ALIASS wishes you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving full of gratitude, compassion and respect.

Never Say Never Again

Many of you might be saying to yourself – it will never happen to me. My employee would never steal. My client would never prosecute me for negligent hiring. Yet situations like this happen to employers every day.

A few months ago, I was talking with a friend of mine who owns a small business and he told me it wasn’t worth the money to do background checks. Recently, he contacted me in a panic, requesting a criminal background check on one of his employees. It turns out this individual was accused of stealing on the job. Upon receiving the results of the background check, there was a history of criminal activity, including stealing. Because of these accusations, my friend in turn lost out on a major contract worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. A background check would have cost him $100.

When hiring in today’s market, employers have a variety of tools to assist them in choosing the best candidate. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the average cost of a bad hiring decision can equal 30% of the first year’s potential earnings.

Whether you are vetting a new employee, completing a business deal, leasing real estate, or entering into some other type of legal contract, conducting a comprehensive and professional background check is always a good business practice. By utilizing background checks, you help reduce both legal and financial risks to you and your organization.

Look at the big picture! Reduce your liability by considering background checks to ensure safety and peace of mind. Just like the James Bond film, Never Say Never Again!

Are You Dating a Catfish?

Although you may not spend your time watching MTV (Who remembers the debut of Real World Season 1?), a new docudrama television series called Catfish premiered in 2012 and caused online daters to stop and consider … Is the person you are chatting with really who they say they are?

According to online dating definition, a Catfish is a person who creates fake profiles, pretending to be someone else using their information and photographs and identity. The MTV series Catfish launched following a documentary film in which the TV show’s narrator, Nev Schulman, went to meet his new online love only to find she was a completely different person than he was led to believe.

According to Statistic Brain, out of the 54 million single people living in the United States, 40 million of them have already tried online dating. These numbers are staggering, especially when you consider how many of these 40 million are telling the complete truth? Trying to navigate your way through an online dating relationship could pose serious consequences beyond just heartache.

If you are getting serious, whether for personal relationships, employment screening, business investments or other significant associations, we recommend calling in an expert to verify your expectations are correct. ALIASS offers a variety of professional, reliable services to make sure your interests are protected. We can perform a comprehensive investigation including reference checks, criminal history, background checks, citizen and immigration status, sex offender registry, and much more.

If your personal or business relationship is headed to the next level, protect yourself by contacting us for a customized investigation plan to suit your situation. The cost to verify the identity of an individual is a priceless investment, well worth your safety, including personal protection and financial well-being.

Serving Subpoena Duces Tecum Documents

In Virginia, when serving a Subpoena Duce Tecum (SDT) or a subpoena for production of evidence, you have to be sure that service is made at least 14 days prior to the hearing date or request for documents date that attorneys have listed on the SDT. If it is not served prior to that 14 day window, the recipient can request that the SDT be quashed.

Virginia Code 13.1-637 indicates that a corporation’s Registered Agent is the corporation’s agent for service of process. Even though the statute requires a Registered Agent to make themselves available, they are not always readily available.

It has been a common practice in Virginia to list the Registered Agent on the SDT as the recipient. When doing this, the issuing attorney has limited the delivery of the SDT to that individual or someone designated in writing to accept on the Registered Agent’s behalf.

In most cases, the Registered Agent is an attorney and it has been our experience that it is difficult to serve the attorney Registered Agent because he or she is not always available when a process server arrives to serve the SDT. It has also been our experience that not many attorneys provide a written document authorizing someone to accept on their behalf.

As such, listing the Registered Agent on a SDT has made the delivery prior to the above mentioned 14 day window very difficult and in some cases more expensive when the process server cannot get the document served and it then needs to be reissued.

Subpoena Duces Tecum documents can normally be accepted by anyone who is authorized to accept. In many instances, this person can be an office manager, a secretary or even a receptionist, depending on the entity being served. This practice allows service of the SDT to be done in a more efficient and timely manner.

VA House Bill 1981 and GPS (Global Tracking Devices)

On February 23, 2013, the Virginia House Speaker & the Virginia Senate President signed HB 1981 and sent it to the Governor for his signature. If he signs the Bill (which it appears he will), it will become law on July 1, 2013.

This bill provides that any person who installs or places an electronic device through intentionally deceptive means and without consent and uses it to track the location of another person is guilty of a Class 3 Misdemeanor. The Bill will bear the Title section number 18.2-60.5. There are exemptions to this Bill that would allow Private Investigators, who have the consent of the property owner, to install and place the device on the property (e.g vehicles…).

This item was provided by the 
ALIASS Investigations Department


Can you name a career in which a physical attack would be part of your work day?

Assault is a very real danger in the process service industry, and so this is a topic that ALIASS holds very close to heart. Not only do we expect our employees to be protected by law from violence and aggression, but we feel the same level of concern for our business associates, partners and yes, even our competitors.

I Support PAAPRSA nationally recognized industry organization ServeNow has established themselves as a champion of this issue and launched an official Promoting Assault Awareness and Protective Regulations for Servers (PAAPRS) Campaign website on October 4, 2012. In just a few short months, ServeNow has begun compiling irrefutable evidence to support the need for tougher laws to protect those in our industry. In addition, they offer valuable resources to gain media attention for these assaults, build support through local industry associations, and push this issue to the forefront with lawmakers nationwide. ALIASS is proud that our two of our professional associations are standing up to publicly endorse the PAAPRS campaign:  National Association of Professional Process Servers (NAPPS) and Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Process Servers (MAAPPS).

If you are a process server who is assaulted, you should make a formal report of the assault, even if you have no plans to press charges. And then please share your experience with ServeNow as a means of supporting their PAAPRS campaign efforts. And if you have been assaulted in the past, please consider at least reporting your assault through the ServeNow online assault reporting tool. The success of this campaign and the future increased safety of our profession depends on you.

Armed with accurate information regarding the number and severity of assaults, ServeNow and all the PAAPRS supporters can demonstrate the alarming trend nationwide and hopefully achieve the goal of a safer environment for process service. For more information on the campaign, including state-by-state information, tips for a safer serve, and other resources, please visit the PAAPRS website.

Have you ever been assaulted while attempting a serve?

Expectations = Relationship Foundation

Over the holiday break, my family visited a lodging establishment for a mini-getaway. Although the accommodations were acceptable, they did not meet our expectations. Being an analytical but optimistic bunch, we soldiered on, finding the silver lining in our experience while identifying how our expectations were so misaligned with the reality of this property. In the end, we enjoyed our family time together and I discovered there were a few business reflections in this near disaster as well!

First, as a business owner, I am constantly trying to find new ways to communicate the services and value of partnering with ALIASS. My marketing team and I are diligent to clearly identify everything ALIASS offers, not only because it is a unique portfolio of legal support services (a descriptive term we developed specifically for ALIASS), but also because we believe it is important to accurately describe what we do and how we do it. A large part of the ALIASS culture is sustaining the gold standard in customer service. We choose to partner with our clients and foster long-term collaboration, which is why we belabor just the right marketing language. We understand those first interactions become the foundation for our relationship. In other words, we prefer to set the correct expectations from the first point of contact.

Second, several prospective clients have inquired as to why we do not post pricing for our services on our website. Expectations have a lot to do with this as well. Because we offer so many different types of legal support services and many of these services have varying components that affect final pricing, our ALIASS team prefers to gather all of the pertinent details before quoting your needs. There are companies who post the pricing for the least expensive, least complicated process service as a ‘hook’ for prospective clients. However, once all the details for their required service have been provided, the client discovers (sometimes too late!) that this price is not accurate for the process service they need. Talk about misleading expectations!

However, we realize many of our clients would like additional online support for their needs outside of business hours. In an effort to provide additional online support for our clients, ALIASS recently launched a new, improved website which offers the ability to submit a service request around the clock. Clients can submit all the pertinent details through a convenient, online form, and then our team will review and provide a quote within one business day (once again, working hard to set expectations … even if our goal is to try to exceed them). This is just one way ALIASS tries to make it easier to do business with us while keeping your expectations in mind.

While writing this blog post, I am wondering how many service providers (legal support services or otherwise) set accurate expectations. Do you have one who could benefit from re-evaluating their communications to set realistic expectations? Perhaps a good time of year to consider a business resolution for 2013!

The ALIASS team would like to wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons and a most profitable new year in 2013!

Welcome to our Latest Online Resource

You may have noticed that ALIASS has spent the past few months updating our digital presence and developing online tools for our business partners. To complement our recently redesigned website www.MyALIASS.com, we are now proud to introduce this latest piece to our resource arsenal: the ALIASS blog.

Overtime, we envision this portal will grow to be another tool you can use to find the information you are looking for regarding legal support services, all the industries we support, and recent developments that will affect your business. Our leadership team will contribute expert perspective on trends in the marketplace as well as singular events or observations related to our industries. And we’ll even throw in some interesting topics for thought and consideration within your business.

If you don’t see something you need or would like us to investigate a topic yet untouched, please let us know. Your feedback will help to drive the content contained within this tool, thereby helping us to help you!

The ALIASS team looks forward to serving your needs – either through one of our online resources or in person when you require one of our services. Because that is what a true partner does – supports your every need to make your success more easily attainable. And ALIASS is proud to be your premiere legal support services partner.