Rule 2.516 Service by E-Mail / E-Service – New Amendments from Supreme Court

On April 4, 2013 the Supreme Court adopted some amendments to Rule 2.516, commonly called service by e-mail or e-service. Included in the changes: Parties can stipulate to methods of service other than e-mail Attorneys do not need to file a separate document to designate e-mail address. Service by e-mail is complete on the date it is sent. If a document […]

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Serve by E-Mail System Offers Easy and Efficient Rule 2.516 Compliance

I was recently introduced to a company called eService Software Solutions. They offer an online solution called Serve by E-Mail which handles your compliance with the new Florida Rule 2.516, or as is more commonly known, service by e-mail or e-service. I love the ease and practicality of this service, so I wanted to share it with you guys.  The first thing that really […]

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E-Service versus Service by E-Mail (Rule 2.516) – Do You Know The Difference?

In the attached Florida Bar News article, we see that the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee voted to file an emergency petition with the court to clarify this point regarding Rule 2.516. (Look at the bottom of Page 2 under “Changes Yet To Come“). 8/15/12 Florida Bar News Article re: E-Service, E-Mail, E-Discovery As they point out in the article, service […]

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Rule of Judicial Administration 2.514 re: Computation of Time in All State Court Proceedings

This new rule clarifies that the 5 days additional time for mailing also applies to service by email, but everything else stays pretty much the same. Last months new Rule 2.516 about e-mail service goes into effect on September 1, 2012 but this new Rule 2.514 won’t go into effect October 1, 2012 (unless they modify this). You can read […]

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New E-Mail Rule 2.516 – How Does it Effect Process Servers?

Well, generally speaking, it doesn’t change what process servers are doing for the most part. Things like service of initial pleadings/summons, subpoenas, etc. seem to be excluded from this new rule. The specific wording of Rule 2.516(a), Fla. R. Jud. Admin., reads: (a) Service; When Required. Unless the court otherwise orders, or a statute or supreme court administrative order specifies a […]

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Additional Information Re: E-Mail Rule 2.516 + Sample E-Mail Form

Thank you to Kathy Ambrose for forwarding along this information: The Supreme Court has amended the rules of court to require mandatory service of documents between attorneys (and pro se parties who opt in) by email.  http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/2012/sc10-2101.pdf  You do not have to mail hard copies if you have served by email, but you can (but still have to email).  They […]

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