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Changes to Chapter 83 Florida Statutes - Landlord and Tenant

A number of changes were made in the 2013 session of the Florida Legislature relating to the Landlord/Tenant statute.

To view a summary of the changes click here.


How do you know that the 2013 June Schools on Civil Process were a success????

People are already registering for the 2014 schools!!!!

As previously noted on this web site, the 2013 June Schools received excellent reviews and comments by the attendees.  Many went back to their departments and immediately put in for the 2014 schools and have now sent in their registrations.

So don't miss out - get your registrations in!

2013 Civil Process Symposium

The first annual Civil Process symposium was a great success.

Representatives from sheriffs' offices from 21 counties, including in house counsels and two judges, attended this one day problem identification session.

There was an excellent discussion of issues and proposal of possible solutions by those in attendance.

The findings of the group will be presented at the Management Section of the 2014 June Schools on Civil process in order to do further analysis of the topics, establish procedures, etc.

Be sure to register as soon as possible for this valuable session!


Avalon’s first training class for private process servers held in conjunction with the Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s Office began on 10/24/13 (see picture above).      We had a great group of attendees and look forward to training more servers in the upcoming months.

LLC Statute

The 2013 legislature made significant changes in laws relating to Limited Liability Companies, including how initial service of process is made on LLCs.

There has been confusion over when these changes take effect.  

The majority of the LLC legislation goes into law on 1/1/14, including FS 48.062 - Service on a limited liability company.

Other sections go into effect at a later date.

To view FS 48.062 (2013) click here.




Civil Process Symposium

Presented by Avalon and the Broward Sheriff’s Office

Avalon is proud to announce the first annual Civil Process Symposium. 

This will be an innovative way to address new and developing areas impacting the civil process sections of the sheriffs’ offices and clerks of courts throughout the state.  This unique training opportunity will provide a discussion of issues and solutions on matters such as E-Filing, Writs of Possession, Electronic Assets, and more. 

This symposium will analyze operational and processing issues, discuss possible solutions and will provide suggestions relating to possible updated statute changes relating to civil process.

Where:  Broward Sheriff’s Office, Institute for Criminal Justice Studies 2601 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

When: Friday, December 6, 2013

Contact Avalon at 386-760-6520 for more information.

Annually Avalon recognizes a sheriff’s office that has demonstrated support of civil process training.  This year the award went to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.  Major  William Slaybaugh, Jr. accepted the award on behalf of Sheriff Grady Judd.


Avalon will also donate $500 to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches as part of this year’s award.

Reminder – HB 77 has created an amendment to § 83.62(1), Fla. Stat. (2013) that will take effect on July 1, 2013.

Specifically, § 83.62(1) has been amended to now include that “Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays do not stay the 24-hour notice period.”  Please review FSA’s General Counsel Wayne Evans’ amended legal opinion on the impact these changes will have on the sheriffs’ civil sections as they relate to evictions.

2013 June Schools!

The reviews are in on the 2013 edition of the June Schools and they can be summed up in one word used by many of the attendees - AWESOME!

More details and pictures will be posted next week.  Our efforts have been focused on working with the FSA on matters relating to HB 77 mentioned above. 

Specifically, § 83.62(1) has been amended to now include that “Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays do not stay the 24-hour notice period.”  Please review FSA’s General Counsel Wayne Evans’ amended legal opinion on the impact these changes will have on the sheriffs’ civil sections as they relate to evictions.The reviews are in on the 2013 edition of the June Schools and they can be summed up in one word used by many of the attendees - AWESOME!More details and pictures will be posted next week.  Our efforts have been focused on working with the FSA on matters relating to HB 77 mentioned above. 



Earlier comment - 2013 June Schools - Week 2!!!

We are into Week 2 of FSA's June Schools on Civil Process and things have been going great!

Of special note is the large number of attendees in our "basic" classes held in Week 1.  These classes are designed for personnel who have been in the civil section for less than a year and it was a pleasure to help these personnel get off to a good start.

This year's basic classes were the largest in many years. 

We have also had great attendance and participation in our Advanced Classes and are looking forward to having Sarrah Carroll, FSA's Assistant Director of Operations, address this year's Management section of this year’s June Schools.

2013 Advanced Enforceable Class

2013 Basic Non-Enforceable Class 

HB 77 – Changes In Landlord/Tenant Law

Updated 6/12/13 - HB77 has been signed by the Governor. Sheriffs' personnel should review the Legal Alert issued by FSA's General Counsel Wayne as to the impact of this new law.

Earlier comment - HB 77 was presented to the Governor on 5/29.  This bill contains a number of matters, but one that is of special importance to the sheriffs of the state, relates to changes made in the Florida Residential Landlord and Tenant Act which provides that a sheriff's notice of eviction is not stayed by weekends or holidays.
The Governor has until June 12th to act on the bill.
There has been a lot of interesting speculation on the ramifications this bill will have, but you can be sure that Avalon’s subject matter experts have updated their training material for its June and Regional schools to keep you up to date on these changes.
You can trust the experts that have served your training needs for over a decade to provide you with the information you will need.

June Schools Update

Posted 5/29/13

It is my pleasure to announce that this year's June Schools look to be another tremendous training experience.  Hundreds of registrations have been received from literally all corners of the state.

Avalon would like to thank the sheriffs’ offices for their continued support.

I am also happy to let you know that our conference facility provider has offered to expand our conference room if needed, so there is still time to register!!!  Call or fax 386-760-6520 to make your registration!

George Kent


Posted 5/1/13

While it is hard to believe, the FSA's June Schools on Civil Process, presented by Avalon, are only about a month away!

We will be building on the positive reviews that we received after last year's schools and expect the 2013 June Schools to be the best ever.

So, if you have not done so already, get those registrations in to assure your spot in this year's civil process schools.

And remember,
Avalon and the FSA provide the best training, the best instructors, the best manuals, for the best price at the June and Regional Schools. 






Important Legislative Update 4/9/13

The 2013 Civil Process bill continues to move through the legislature.  Sponsors have been found in both the Florida House and Senate.

In addition the FSA, along with representatives from Avalon, have been actively working to explain the need for the proposed changes and working out any issues with special interests groups that may oppose the bill’s passage.

Some elements of the bill include:

Generating additional fees for initial service of process by making changes to FS § 30.231(l)(a).

Imposing penalties for employers who do not comply with FS § 48.03 l(l)(b).

Number of attempts prior to substitute service under FS § 48.031(2)(b).

Changes in FS § 56.27(4) to provide the sheriff with more information relating to the money collected in executions.

In addition, Avalon brought the unfunded mandate issue created by e-filing to the attention of the FSA early on and is now working to clarify questions on implementation of e-filling without additional costs being imposed on the sheriffs of the state.  

Previous 2013 Civil Process Bill Update

Avalon is pleased to announce that legislative sponsors have been obtained for this year’s Civil Process Bill.  This is a very important step and the FSA and its lobbyist deserve a big “job well done!” 

Avalon is pleased to announce that legislative sponsors have been obtained for this year’s Civil Process Bill.  This is a very important step and the FSA and its lobbyist deserve a big “job well done!”  

As you know, one important aspect of the Management session of the June Schools is discussion of real world problems that have occurred during the past year.  Once done, we start looking at possible ways to address these problems via legislation.  Avalon’s staff takes those recommendations and puts them into a rough legislative bill and turns it over to FSA.  Then a lot of effort goes into getting the bill passed.

Please contact your local state senator and representative and ask them to support the bill when it comes up for a vote!



2013 June Schools Dates have been posted!

Ready or not, it is time to make plans to attend the FSA's annual June Schools On Civil Process Presented by Avalon.

Dates, information and registration forms are available on this web site.  Just click on the appropriate link on the right hand side of the Homepage.  Information can also be found on the FSA official web site at http://www.flsheriffs.org/ - just click on Training.

We already have many registrations and spoke with many Sheriffs at the recent FSA Conference who said they would be sending their staff.

Avalon is proud of its long term relationship with the FSA and sheriffs' offices throughout the state.  We look forward to seeing you at the June Schools!!!

Avalon participates in the 2012 New Sheriffs Institute

Avalon has once again been privileged to provide training to the newly elected sheriffs as part of FSA's New Sheriffs Institute.  Team Avalon presented information on non-enforceable civil process, enforceable civil process and domestic violence.  This was a lot of information to cover in the two hours set aside for civil training, but it gave us an opportunity to stress the importance of the civil sections and the complexity of the matters dealt with by those sections on a daily basis.

This is the third time Avalon has been asked to provide training at the New Sheriffs Institute and we look forward to working with the FSA in providing training for many years in the future.

Unfunded Mandate Update 8/13/12

On 8/10/12 Wayne Evans, FSA's legal counsel, issued a Legal Alert on Civil Process which relates to the topic discussed in Avalon's earlier post set out below.  This opinion was issued after discussions with a representative from Avalon relating to how this unfunded mandate would impact the sheriffs' offices throughout the state.

One key issue addressed by Mr. Evans was "whether section 30.231, Florida Statutes, requires a sheriff to copy civil process provided by electronic means."  A key part of his conclusion was:

"Based upon the express wording of the statute, a sheriff can reasonably decline to serve any such civil process until copies have been provided by the party or party’s attorney who is requesting the process to be served. However, if copies are made, the cost cannot be assessed against the party requesting service."

Check with your sheriff for a full copy of Mr. Evans' opinion.

Avalon will incorprate this information in future training classes.

Earlier post - Representatives from Avalon met with Sarah Carroll, FSA’s Assistant Executive Director of Operations, to discuss the potential unfunded mandate that will be imposed on the Sheriffs Offices throughout the state, if some action is not taken.  This matter grows out of the push to make the court system paperless and the complications that may occur in the area of initial service of process. Specifically, who will bear the costs associated with printing of papers to be served if those papers are sent to the sheriff’s office in electronic form?
As a result of these efforts this matter is being discussed at the FSA Conference now being held in Orlando.

Avalon will keep you up to date on this important matter!






George Kent, President, thanks

Frank Messersmith, FSA's

Governmental Consultant, for

addressing the Management

Session of the 2012 June

Schools.  Frank shared his

thoughts on the 2012

legislative session and the

realities of the legislative

process as it relates to matters

of interest to the sheriffs.  He

also thanked Avalon and its

staff for their help during the

legislative session.


Left to Right:  Lt. Jay Laney, George Kent, Sheriff Eslinger, Chief Penny Fleming

George Kent, President of Avalon, presents the first annual Outstanding Support of Civil Process Training Award to Sheriff Donald Eslinger.  In addition, a $500 donation has been made to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches on his behalf.   This award was originated to bring the spotlight on the importance of the civil process sections of the sheriffs’ offices throughout the state of Florida and to encourage continuing education in this area of the sheriffs’ duties.  It is one more way that Avalon demonstrates its commitment to the Sheriffs of Florida and the Florida Sheriffs Association. 

Nominations for the 2012 Outstanding Support of Civil Process Training Award will be accepted beginning December 2012.  Check back then to learn more about this process.

Avalon has been working in association with the FSA for many years.  This year we proudly presented two donations, one to the FSA and the other to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches.

George Kent, President, presents check t o Sheriff Ben Johnson, FSA President 

George Kent, President, presents check to Sheriff Rick Beseler, Chair Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch

Avalon is the official civil process training partner of the Florida Sheriffs Association and has been serving the sheriffs of the State of Florida for over a decade.  It has provided training to personnel from all 67 sheriff offices.  Its recognized experts provide the finest training and publications available.

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Recently the question came up as to whether Avalon would be raising its prices on its June Schools and Regional Schools on Civil Process in 2014.

This is a reasonable question in light of increased costs.  Higher gasoline and printing expenses alone would justify an increase in tuition.

But Avalon is committed to the Florida Sheriffs and knows these are still difficult budgetary times, when every dollar counts.

Instead of raising prices, we are keeping the tuition for June Schools at the same rate they have been for over five years.  Click on 2014 June Schools for prices and dates for these great schools.

We will do the same for our Regional Schools while also providing a special price for a combined tuition/manual purchase.  

2014 Regional Class dates will be posted in early February.

Here is the bottom line:

Avalon provides the best training, with the best instructors and best manuals for the best price!

Avalon does not raise prices at a time when the Sheriffs of the state and their personnel need their friends to support them during a difficult time.

We look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s schools.

George Kent


2013 Regional Classes


Avalon Legal Information, Inc. has earned the reputation of being the leader in providing training and publications on Enforceable and Non-Enforceable Civil Process.  The foundation for this reputation is its continuation of a 25 year tradition of providing training to Sheriff’s personnel throughout the State of Florida and now is the official civil process training partner  of the FSA.  Avalon has has expanded its services to include training for private process servers and will soon be adding a new publications on enforceable and non-enforceable civil process.














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