HOW TO SERVE LEGAL PAPERS IN NEW YORK STATE

Delivering legal papers is called service of process. The law says that legal papers have to be delivered the right way. Every adult and organization listed in the case must be served with its own set of papers. This includes any papers that are mailed.

Who Can Serve Legal Papers– A party in the case can never serve legal papers, like a Summons and Complaint, a Notice of Petition and Petition, or a Motion, unless a Judge says it is o.k. A process server can be paid to serve the papers. Process servers are listed in the Yellow Pages or on the internet. Or, anyone, like a friend, can serve the papers. But, the person serving the papers must be 18 years old or older. A party can go with the person serving the papers when they are served. In NYC, the person serving the papers is not allowed to serve more than five papers each year. 

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