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Paul was born in Albany, New York to Samuel and Edna (Laufman). He grew up there with his older brother, Alan, and his older sister, Tamara. After graduating from Albany High School, he studied Aeronautical Engineering at Georgia Tech, but left early to join the Air Force. He joined the Air Force in 1959, married in 1963, and later was stationed on Guam until being released from Active Duty in 1968. He then returned with his family to Albany, NY and graduated from Albany Law School in 1971. He worked with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, DC. When a transfer became available in 1973, Paul moved his family to Atlanta, which he recalled fondly from his time at Georgia Tech. He remained in the Air Force Reserves until 1979. He and his wife divorced in 1980. In 1983, Paul and his second wife, Deb (married 1988), started Attorneys’ Personal Services, which performed legal work and service of process. Paul served as President of NAPPS (National Association of Professional Process Servers) 1994 – 1995 and again 2009 – 2010. He also served as the Arbitration & Grievance Chairman for many years. He was a founding member of GAPPS (Georgia Association of Professional Process Servers) and remained a Board Member since its inception in 2000. In 2006, CALSPro (California Association of Legal Support Professionals) named him the recipient of the Bert Rosenthal Memorial Award. Paul helped develop and taught the Continuing Education courses for Certified Process Servers. Paul and Deb ran the business together until her passing in October 2019 (glioblastoma). Paul finally retired in December 2019 at the age of 79. He was still riding a motorcycle until August of this year when he started chemotherapy. Unfortunately, his stomach cancer wasn’t diagnosed early enough for the treatment to be successful. He passed away at home on 1 December, 2020, and he was buried with Military Honors at Georgia National Cemetery. He is survived by his sister and two daughters. If anyone is inclined to raise a glass, his standard drink at the end of the day was Wild Turkey 101, and he occasionally indulged in an Islay Scotch.
It is with sadness that we inform you that one of our members has passed away. Deborah Duchon was a founding member of GAPPS and was an integral part of our organization to say she will be missed is a understatement. Our prayers and sympathies are with her husband Paul Tamaroff as well.
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.
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.
WHERE: MANUEL MALOOF AUDITORIUM 1300 COMMERCE DRIVE, DECATUR, GA
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.