Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Welcome aboard, Carroll County!

Today, Doxpop welcomes the Carroll County Recorder's Office to our network of local government partners. Carroll County is the 31st Recorder's office we've worked with, and they pushed our count of Recorded Documents available through Doxpop to over ten million! 

Carroll County's recorded document index dates back to January 1, 1994, with images of most documents scanned and available in digital form from that date forward as well. People seeking on-line access to Carroll County's information can find it at http://www.doxpop.com.

In addition to making the Recorded Documents in her office available online, Recorder Mary Ann Burton is now providing the Doxpop Property Watch Service to residents of Carroll County at no cost. The Property Watch service allows anyone to set a watch on her or his name and property that provides notification when a document is filed that references either. The Property Watch service may be found at http://watch.doxpop.com.

We've enjoyed working with Marry Ann and her first Deputy, Teresa as we added their county. Every new county we work with expands our circle of friends and makes coming to work each day even more fun!



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Carroll County's Recorded Documents will be available on Doxpop soon.


Julie and Nick stopped by the Carroll County Courthouse today in Delphi for a meeting with the Commissioners and Mary Ann Burton, Recorder. The Commissioner's approved our contract, so you can look forward to Carroll County Documents being available some time next week. 


Carroll County has a beautifully maintained courthouse with a 3-story rotunda topped by a stained glass skylight.



This was an early morning trip, so we celebrated with breakfast at the Stonehouse Restaurant and Bakery before leaving Delphi. Next time you're in Delphi, take the time to visit this restaurant. At first glance, it looks like an old drugstore with a soda counter. However, it turns out that the history of this building is a bit less wholesome, as it was a bar & bordello back in the day. When you go over for a closer look at the "soda counter", you'll realize that it's actually a massive bar made out of a single slab of walnut about 20 feet long and two feet wide.  The food and service was excellent!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Today is Information Day

Did you know that Today, April 11 (411), is Information Day? At Doxpop, our mission is to help provide you with access to the most accurate public information available. To celebrate, we are offering a special promotion over on our Facebook page today. Share with us a fun fact or piece of information, and we'll add 10 free searches to your account!

Head over to www.facebook.com/doxpop, or leave a comment here to chat with us.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Today is "Be Kind To Lawyers Day".

We suspect this holiday was created by those sneaky florists or greeting card companies, but we're always ready for an excuse to celebrate and use up the leftovers from yesterday's celebration of the 81st anniversary of the effective date of the Cullen-Harrison act.


So... in honor of "Be Kind to Lawyers Day", Doxpop is doing the following:

  • During the day of April 8th, We'll add 20 free searches to the account of any attorney or law firm that comments on this post or emails us at support@doxpop.com.
  • If you don't already have a Doxpop account, convince us that you're a lawyer, and we'll set you up with a free account that's good for 60 free searches during the next month (Yes, that's a nod toward "National Thinly-Veiled Marketing Day", but you might as well take advantage of the opportunity.)
  • We promise to cease and desist from telling lawyer jokes for one day on or about April 8, 2014.
From a more serious perspective, we really do appreciate the attorneys we work with. People love to poke fun at attorneys, but we're in the camp that thinks a confrontation in a courtroom is a vast improvement over a fistfight (or worse) in the street.

The practice of law can get ugly sometimes, but we must never forget that the alternative is much uglier.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The six steps to license reinstatement following a suspension for non-payment.

Doxpop's main business is providing on-line access to Indiana Court information, but we also provide an on-line payment service for citations that currently covers 27 Indiana Counties.

For most people, the process is simple. They pay their ticket and get on with their lives (hopefully with less speed & more care.)

However, we often work with people who neglected a ticket for too long and now have a license suspension. These people are in a world of hurt because this can't be fixed in one day or even a few days. However, paying via Doxpop is usually the fastest way to get the process started. Over the years, we've learned something about the process. Here's how it works, and a few key pieces of information to help you along the way:

First, make sure you acknowledge the whole problem. This process is straightforward for a single overdue ticket, but if you've got a more complicated situation, you should really be looking for an attorney instead of an on-line payment service.

1) When you've decided to pay, get it done quickly.
You can either pay your ticket at the clerk's office with cash, certified check, or money order, or you can use Doxpop's Fine Payment Service to pay it on-line. Payments through Doxpop are sent to the clerk's office and receipted on your case within 15 minutes, so we're usually the fastest method. Doxpop charges a convenience fee for our service, so if you are not in a hurry, you can save money by going straight to the clerk. If your citation is not filed in one of the counties we work with, you might be able to pay it through the State Court's payment site.

2) If you are in Indiana, wait one full business day.
All of the clerks we work with are excellent about reporting your payment to the BMV quickly. Depending on local business processes, all payments are reported either in the late afternoon or early morning following payment during a business day. These notices are sent electronically, so the BMV can process them automatically.

3) If you are outside of Indiana, the Indiana BMV will contact your State Motor Vehicle Agency.
As a general rule, State Motor Vehicle Agencies will not accept proof of payment from you or Doxpop. It is just too easy to fake these documents, so they only accept them if they come directly from another government agency. Currently, the Indiana BMV is processing payment information and notifying other States electronically in two working days, so if it is after day three, and the information has not appeared at your State Agency yet, call the Indiana BMV to find out what happened. Their number is 888-692-6841.

4) Whether you are in Indiana or elsewhere, you will need to get in touch with the BMV and pay a reinstatement fee to get your license back. In Indiana, you will find information on suspension and reinstatement on the BMV web site:  http://www.in.gov/bmv/2330.htm. You can call the Indiana BMV at 888-692-6841. Other contact information may be found at their web site: https://secure.in.gov/BMV/mybmv/Contact.aspx

5) In Indiana, you may also need to submit proof of insurance. The BMV will only accept this if it is sent directly from your insurance company, so plan for this in advance by contacting your agent to make sure they are prepared to submit this on your behalf.

6) Did we remember to say "Be Nice"? We know you need to be able to drive to work, and care about helping you get this taken care of quickly. However, you should prepare to be patient and kind to everyone you speak to. Even on their best day, nobody calls a Clerk's office or the BMV to compliment them or ask them to relax, so know in advance that grumpy and impatient won't make you stand out from the crowd.

Finally, please don't interpret any of what's been said above as legal advice. We are not attorneys, and we are only telling you the mechanics of how the accounting process works after you have already made a decision to pay the ticket. If you have a question about that decision, seek an attorney to advise you.