Meet Our Team

IMG_2634Suzanne Morrison, Owner & President

Suzanne was first appointed a Boston Constable in 2003. Growing up and living in the community of Dorchester, she wanted to open her business in the same neighborhood. Suzanne’s previous careers working in Customer Service and Law Enforcement provided her valuable training and experience, which she put to good use when creating Suffolk County Constable’s Office. Her knack for locating difficult to find defendants that have long evaded court orders gained her a reputation as somebody that can get any job done. As an Officer on the board of both the State and Boston Constable Associations she continues to learn and educate others in her field.

 

IMG_2671Derek Morrison, Head of Field Operations & CTO

Derek has over 20 years of Customer Service experience through various positions held in Retail, Technology, Software Support, Professional Services, and Account Management & Development. It is this highly developed customer-centric expertise and focus that Derek has engrained in all SCCO processes and customer focused policies.

Through his career Derek has acquired vast technological expertise that has allowed him to develop, and put into operation, network security infrastructures. This has helped him implement our proprietary application software, while simultaneously establishing the structure and backbone of our financial department.

 

IMG_2660Nathaniel Greene, Head of Product Development & COO

Nathaniel came to SCCO after a career working in the Real Estate Industry. He excelled in high pressure situations and keeping together difficult transactions with strict timelines. He gained an ability to understand the true needs of each client.

With a career in Law Enforcement never considered he got an opportunity to enroll, and later graduate, from the Basic Reserve Intermittent Police Academy in 2007. After graduation he began his career as a Constable, becoming appointed in 19 cities and towns across Massachusetts. Influential in helping the company implement its systems and processes he helps complete our team of like minded entrepreneurs.

Departments

SCCO is divided into four main departments; Capias/Warrant Apprehension, Civil Process Serving, Eviction, and Judgment Recovery. Many times these departments cross over into each other. For example you may have evicted your tenant and now want to collect on the judgment that was awarded to you at court. This may require civil process served upon your former tenant, or a capias warrant for their arrest. We staff each department with professional, knowledgeable employees that are cross trained to handle not only their area of expertise, but other departments as well. Below is a brief overview of each department and some services each completes.

Capias/Warrant Apprehension Department

SCCO’s Capias/Warrant Apprehension Department helps our clients enforce court ordered capiases. This department completes service on all capias matters including but not limited to; Civil Action, Probate, Small Claims, Supplementary Process, and Housing Court.

To be awarded a capias typically happens when on the day of court the defendant in your case fails to appear, ignoring the courts orders. The Judge or Clerk Magistrate then awards you a capias allowing this defendant to be physically brought to court. So now what? SCCO enforces the court ordered capias. Allowing clients to choose the best option for enforcement. From surrendering the defendant to physical apprehension we make every effort to complete each case in the most timely, cost effective way possible.

Civil Process Serving Department

SCCO’s Civil Process Serving Department assists our clients with all their service needs including but not limited to; Probate Summons & Motions, Subpoenas, Summons, and Notices of all kinds.

In many situations time is of the essence. Waiting for originals to be mailed back and forth can cost valuable time. When requesting service from SCCO you have the option of emailing or faxing the documents you want served. We complete service mailing you back our return of service on a label that peels off and sticks to the original. While always keeping you up to date with email notification containing service details moments after completion. Our goal is to ensure our clients meet their constantly changing deadlines.

Eviction Department

SCCO’s Eviction Department helps our clients maintain and enforce the landlord/tenant agreement. This department completes service for all matters regarding landlord/tenant issues including but not limited to; Notices to Quit (30 Day, 14 Day, 7 Day, etc.), Summary Process Summons & Complaints, 48 Hour Notices/Physical Evictions, No Trespass Orders, and General Notices.

With dates and language being so important when dealing with evictions, you don’t have the time or money to make mistakes. Our reputation in the industry was earned by completing service professionally, properly, and timely. Evictions can be very expensive and time consuming. We know that in many cases our job is not to evict the tenant, but to effectuate proper services benefiting both parties when disputes of the landlord/tenant agreement arise.

Judgment Recovery Department

SCCO offers many options when it comes to collecting on your judgment. These options include but not limited to; Capias/Warrant Apprehension, Demands on Execution, and Levying of Assets.

We know the frustration that can come from having to chase down money that is rightfully yours. While the courts help with issuing judgments and court orders, who actually enforces them? This is where we come in. SCCO will explain what types of services we offer so you can best decide on your next step. Having all the facts in front of you will help you make an educated decision on what approach is worth your time and money.

Capias/Warrant Department

A Capias is a Civil Arrest Warrant issued against a specific party. Capiases are issued from a court when the defendant has failed to comply with a Court and/or Judge’s order. The Civil Capias usually derives from one of following actions:

(1) Probate Family and Child Support
(2) Small Claims
(3) Supplementary Process
(4) Civil suit
(5) Housing Court Evictions
(6) Failing to appear on a Subpoena

Once a capias is received a plaintiff, or his/her attorney (if not pro se) would bring the capias to a Constable for enforcement. Enforcement may be completed by one of two means, surrender or physical apprehension. Prices and process completion varying slightly.

Though a Capias is a civil warrant for arrest SCCO strongly recommends the Surrender option initially. This is the most cost effective as well as least imposing for all parties. If a defendant, or if acquired their attorney, fails to respond to amicable efforts of Surrender, SCCO is prepared to move forward with Physical Apprehension.

SCCO’s Warrant Apprehension Team is well equipped to handle all of your Capias needs from beginning to end. Our goal is to apprehend the defendant in the timeliest, most cost efficient manner as possible. At the same time the least imposing for all parties, plaintiff and defendant alike. Working closely with you the plaintiff, and the courts, we determine the best dates and times to effectuate the Capias.

All of our Officers are fully licensed, bonded and insured. Many of our Officers have military backgrounds; and/or municipality training, as well as hold certifications for aerosol, baton and handcuff measures. All of our officers are uniformed and properly identifiable when completing actions on your behalf. SCCO has a great inter-department operational relationship with local police departments which helps ensure safe and proficient handling.

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Civil Process Serving Department

The service of civil process plays a crucial role in cases brought before the court. Proper service is crucial in winning and achieving the desired resolution with your case. To know what to serve and how to serve can sometimes be a difficult task for people to determine. That is why it is always recommended to consult an Attorney as well as enlist a knowledgeable, experienced Constable to complete service.

Civil process servings include but are not limited to; Probate Summons, Motions, Subpoenas, Summons, and Notices of all kinds. These servings assist in the resolution of cases brought before the court to decide. Servings many times require action to be completed by the party being served. This can range from appearance at a court date, to providing certain documents for a case.

The service of any civil process requires knowledge of rules and procedures specific to each type of service. When these rules and procedures are not followed the consequences can be severe. Cases can be delayed, forced to start over, and even lost because service of process was not completed properly. With our knowledge and experience we complete every service promptly and always as stipulated by Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure.

Probate & Family Court

There are many different types of service that are issued by these courts. A few examples are; Divorce/Separate Summons, Petition for Guardianship, Domestic Relations Summons, Contempt Summons, Motion for Temporary Orders, and Capiases. While some of these servings require in-hand service upon the defendant, others can be left at the last and usual place of abode.

Subpoenas

  • Subpoena Ad Testificandum = (Latin for “to testify under penalty”) a court order used to command a person to appear and give oral testimony at a hearing or trial.
  • Subpoena Duces Tecum = (Latin for “bring with you under penalty”) a court order used to command a person to appear and produce tangible evidence (documents, records, photos, etc.) for use at a hearing or trial.
  • Deposition Subpoena = a court order used to command a person to appear and testify at a deposition presided over by an officer authorized to administer oaths (notary public, justice of the peace, etc.) A deposition will take place outside the courtroom, usually at an attorney’s office.
  • Witness Summons = a court order used to compel a witness to appear at Court, before a person authorized to examine witnesses (i.e., hearing officer), or at a deposition, to testify about what he/she knows. This is also equivalent to a Subpoena.

Summons

A court summons is a legal document that is typically used to inform a Ddefendant(s) of the beginning of a legal proceeding that requires their presence in court. This is often accompanied by a complaint in which the Defendant is required to answer. A civil summons announces a date in which the Defendant(s) must either appear in court or answer the complaint to the Plaintiff in writing.

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Eviction Department

Being a Landlord in Massachusetts can be a difficult and costly responsibility. Despite efforts to prevent renting to trouble tenants, inevitably you may have to deal with some part of the eviction process.

SCCO’s goal is to get the clients desired result from each service we complete. We complete service for all matters regarding landlord/tenant issues including but not limited to: Notices to Quit (30 Day, 14 Day, 7 Day, etc.), Summary Process Summons & Complaint, Physical Eviction (including the service of the 48 Hour Notice), No Trespass Orders, and General Notices.

In most cases the eviction process begins with terminating the tenancy by service of a proper Notice to Quit. Following the expiration of the Notice to Quit is the Summary Process Summons & Complaint where court dates will be set for you and your tenant to appear in court.

If you win your case you will then receive what’s called an Execution for Possession. This gives the Constable the right to physically evict your tenant by first serving them a 48 Hour Notice (*Commercial property does not require a 48 hour notice), then physically removing tenant and their belongings.

Following each step in the eviction process is very important as there are no shortcuts. Anything done incorrectly could force you to start from the beginning, costing you more time and more money.

Below is a brief description of each step in the eviction process beginning with Notice to Quit.

14 Day Notice to Quit

A 14 day notice to quit is used to terminate tenancy solely for non-payment of rent. The 14 days begins from the tenant’s receipt of the notice. The tenant then has what’s called a “Right to Cure”. In short, this is the time allotted that the tenant is allowed to pay in full past due rent written on the 14 day notice to quit. How long that tenant has is determined by the type of tenancy.

30 Day Notice to Quit

A 30 day notice to quit is commonly used to terminate tenancy and retrieve possession back from a tenant at will, or terminate a tenancy due to a breach in the lease. Unlike a 14 day notice to quit, a 30 day notice to quit requires at least 30 days’ notice or one full rental cycle, whichever is greater. For example if your tenants rent is due on June 1st and the 30 day notice was served on June 6th, then that tenant will have until August 1 to vacate. This gives your tenant one full rental cycle.

Summary Process Summons and Complaint

A Summary Process Summons and Complaint is served upon the tenant to notify them of the upcoming court date involving the possession of the property. This summons and complaint is served after the tenancy has been terminated with proper notice (or lease expiring without renewing in some cases). The Summons will state the reason for eviction and give the tenant an opportunity to file their answer to the complaint. Dates are very critical in this stage of the process regarding serving, filing and hearing date. You must understand these responsibilities as the landlord.

48 Hour Notice/Physical Eviction

If you win your court case you will be awarded Judgment and Execution for Possession. This typically is mailed to the landlord ten days from when the judgment was awarded. These ten days are built in for the tenant to appeal the decision. The Execution for Possession now gives the Constable the right to begin the physical eviction process by first serving a 48 hour notice upon the tenant. If the tenant has not vacated the property by the expiration of the 48 hour notice, themselves and their belongings will be removed and stored at a license and bonded storage facility.

SCCO employs professional, knowledgeable, uniformed Constables that let your tenant know you mean business. We back up our Constables with state of the art technology that tracks each service, notifying you via email upon completion. From the initial notice to quit, to the physical eviction, we take a hands-on approach with every client to ensure that service is completed in a timely, proper, and efficient manner. With our fully staffed office there is always someone on duty to take your calls and complete your service.

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Judgment Recovery Department

A Judgment is a ruling by that respective court regarding the case presented before them. In short it is the written decision of the facts and law supporting the court’s decision.  If ruled in the Plaintiffs favor there is usually a monetary amount in which the court states you are owed from the Defendant.  The Defendant then has a legal obligation to remedy this amount to the Plaintiff under reasonable means. At times this can be a lump sum settlement, or perhaps specified payment terms agreed to by both parties.  If no payment agreement can be met, the court may issue further rulings defining the terms of the agreement.

Massachusetts Judgments are enforceable for 20 years and may be renewed if the Plaintiff notifies court that the judgment remains unsatisfied, in whole or in part.  Enforcement is only allowed after; the time for appeal has ended, until appeal is decided, if there is no appeal, or you win again on appeal.  If a Judgment is obtained and the Defendant makes remedy within 30 days there is no further legal process to be sought.  The Plaintiff needs to complete a Satisfaction of Judgment within 10 days and submit this form to the respective court acknowledging the judgment has been satisfied.

Once you have obtained a Judgment in your favor the next step is enforcing said Judgment, provided the debtor/defendant has not already satisfied willingly.  There are many different options to enforce said judgment and below is a list of some of those which are described in more detail on the Options Post Judgment page.

  • Ask for Payment
  • Payment Review Hearing
  • Notice to Show Cause
  • Civil Capias/Warrant
  • Writ of Execution
  • Demand on Execution
  • Levy on Execution
  • Levy on Real Estate

Suffolk County Constable’s Office has worked with clients both big and small helping to collect on their judgments.  Each situation and client is unique so we like to first sit down with you and figure out what the best plan of attack will be.  Once determined we take a surgical approach helping you get the most out of every action taken. Our team of fully licensed, bonded, and insured Constables use every tool and technique at their disposal to help satisfy your judgment.

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