GAPPS 6th Annual Conference was a Success!



GAPPS’ Sixth Annual Conference, on March 24, 2018 at the Manual Maloof Auditorium in Decatur was highly successful. In addition to the conference meeting during which the membership adopted a new set of amended bylaws, the membership got to discuss a substantial number of appellate decisions affecting “due diligence” in so far as it affects service by publication; cases discussing whether process servers, by their actions could be found to be agents of their attorney clients; and, a recent Georgia Supreme Court case reversing 40 years of case law in the area of trespass.


In addition to the case law, guest speakers Ryan Dunlap and Jane Holmes presented excellent discussions on tactful communication and “Situational Awareness”. During the barbeque luncheon GAPPS members get to renew acquaintances with other servers around the State. Certified Process Servers fulfilled their annual 5-hour CE requirement and those who are also private investigators received 5 hours towards their CE requirements.


Everyone was in agreement that the experience was valuable and one that could not be duplicated on line.


Paul K. Tamaroff, President

NAPPS Conference Incentives

Please click on the attachment below for the details of the upcoming 2018 NAPPS Annual Conference. NAPPS is offering special incentives for conference attendees!

NAPPS Ad – 2018 Annual Conference

GAPPS Responds To Supreme Court Decision

By now, all of you are aware of the Supreme Court’s Decision in which the Court found that the sheriffs have complete authority to prohibit certified process servers from serving process in their respective counties as certified process servers.   The Court specifically found that their decision does not affect those with “Permanent” and “Special” Appointments from the courts. Sheriffs have no authority over those with such appointments.   The Court did not address the issue of when a certified process server is serving papers in a county other than the county for which the papers have been filed.   The Court’s Decision does not affect the service of papers from other states. As certified process servers we may continue to serve out-of-state papers. Nor does it affect service of subpoenas.   So, the question is where do we go from here. I have been in contact with our attorneys for their suggestions. I have also requested a meeting with House Judiciary Chairman Wendell Willard to discuss the matter.   There are other ideas that we are considering, and I am sure that our members have ideas. It is crucial that we come up with a plan of action that will be supported by the membership.

I am therefore calling a Special Meeting of the membership for the purpose of designing a plan of action in response to the Supreme Court Decision.

WHEN:           NOVEMBER 4, 2017 AT 4:00 P.M.


The topics for discussion will be actions to be taken in light of the Supreme Court Decision; The entry of another provider of pre-certification classes and its effect on GAPPS; the Board’s schism; and, other matters as raised by the membership.   Please confirm your attendance as refreshments will be provided.

This shall also constitute notice that, pursuant to Article VIII of the Association’s Bylaws, a Board of Directors Meeting shall be conducted at the same time and location.   All members and non-members who are certified process servers are invited.

Paul K. Tamaroff, President

Motion & Order for Gated Communities


Gated Community ORDER

Fulton Magistrate Court interferes with GAPPS Member Drew Maggard

Click on the link below:

Drew & The Gang

GAPPS’ Response to Sheriffs’ Brief

Response to Supplemental Brief (P0051818-2)

Sheriff’s Supplemental Brief

Appellees Supplemental Brief (SC)

GAPPS in the news again!

Please see Fulton County Daily Report two-page article covering our oral argument before the Supreme Court. Go to and click on “Justices Mull Sheriffs’ ‘Conspiracy’ to Ban Private Process Servers.

5th Annual Conference a success – Congrats to the new board!

gapps board 2017

Our 5th annual conference was a large success!

Congratulations to the newly elected Board of Directors:

Paul Tamaroff – President

Eric Echols- Vice President

Elizabeth Smith- Treasurer

Deb Duchon – Secretary

Muhsin Hassan – Director

Betsy Kidd – Director

Robin Martinelli – Director

Curvin Self – Director

We had close to 100 process servers in attendance,  2 special guests from NAPPS, 4 vendor/sponsors a delicious barbeque lunch and great marketing and fellowship with everyone.

There is much for the new board to take care of in the next year. Watch for communications about how you will be able to help with committees and making the association stronger and better.





*** 5th Annual Conference 3/18/2017 – start time change – now at 8 a.m.***

Due to the amount of material/topics to discuss at the annual meeting of the board of directors, the meeting will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday March 18, 2017  (instead of 9 a.m. as previously scheduled).  The Continuing Education portion of the day will still begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. (includes catered lunch).

Below is the rest of the information about the conference that has already been posted on the “Events” page

Join us in Decatur, GA on Saturday March 18, 2017 for our annual conference, followed by our Continuing Education Seminar.

Prior to the Continuing Education portion of the day, the annual conference / board meeting (which includes the election for all board positions) will begin at 8 a.m. (this is an updated time due to many topics to cover) and will conclude at 11 a.m.  At 11 a.m., the Continuing Education Seminar will begin.

Once the new board is in place, committees will be established to further the work for your association – this is where every member can be involved.

For those attending the Continuing Education Seminar, Fox Bros. BBQ will be catering our lunch again this year.

The conference is a great time for you to network with other servers from across the state as well as visit vendors that will be set up.

Speakers to include:

Eric Vennes – NAPPS Director – “How you will be Affected by Compliance Standardization Requirements.”

Paul Tamaroff – GAPPS Director – Case law updates pertaining to Service of Process in Georgia

Process Server Roundtable – We will open up the floor to process server questions/comments pertaining to issues that come up when you’re in the field – one topic that has been requested for discussion is: “how to deal with trespass issues”.

The conference is still only $99!

Click on the link in Events to register!