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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Verify the process server’s license or registration and association membership. Though now all states require process servers to be licensed
Ask the process server if they have an Error and Omissions (E&O) policy or bond
Check the process server’s website for more insight on the company.
Complete an Internet search for the company’s name and complaints’ This will help you to establish if they have unsatisfied clients and if so what they have done to fix their mistakes. Continue reading
(a) Personal service upon persons conducting a business as a partnership may be made by personally serving the summons upon any one of them.
(b) Personal service upon said partnership may also be made within the state by delivering the summons to the managing or general agent of the partnership or the person in charge of the office of the partnership within the state at such office and by either mailing the summons to the partner thereof intended to be served by first class mail to his last known residence or to the place of business of the partnership. Proof of such service shall be filed within twenty days with the clerk of the court designated in the summons; service shall be complete ten days after such filing; proof of service shall identify the person to whom the summons was so delivered and state the date, time of day and place of service.
§ 309 Personal service upon an infant, incompetent or conservatee.
(a) Upon an infant. Personal service upon an infant shall be made by personally serving the summons within the state upon a parent or any guardian or any person having legal custody or, if the infant is
married, upon an adult spouse with whom the infant resides, or, if none are within the state, upon any other person with whom he resides, or by whom he is employed. If the infant is of the age of fourteen years or over, the summons shall also be personally served upon him within the state.
Personal service upon a natural person shall be made by any of the following methods:
1. by delivering the summons within the state to the person to be served; or
2. by delivering the summons within the state to a person of suitable age and discretion at the actual place of business, dwelling place or usual place of abode of the person to be served and by either mailing the summons to the person to be served at his or her last known residence or by mailing the summons by first class mail to the person to be served at his or her actual place of business in an envelope bearing the legend “personal and confidential” and not indicating on the outside thereof, by return address or otherwise, that the communication is from an attorney or concerns an action against the person to be served, such delivery and mailing to be effected within twenty days of each other; proof of such service shall be filed with the clerk of the court designated in the summons within twenty days of either such delivery or mailing, whichever is effected later; service shall be complete ten days after such filing; proof of service shall identify such person of suitable age and discretion and state the date, time and place of service, except in matrimonial actions where service hereunder may be made pursuant to an order made in accordance with the provisions of subdivision a of section two hundred thirty-two of the domestic relations law; or
(a) Generally. Proof of service/Affidavit of Service shall specify the papers served, the person who was served and the date, time, address, or, in the event there is no address, place and manner of service, and set forth facts showing that the service was made by an authorized person and in an authorized manner.
A process server is a person engaged in the business of serving or one who purports to serve or one who serves personally or by substituted service upon any person, corporation, governmental or political subdivision or agency, a summons, subpoena, notice, citation or other process, directing an appearance or response to a legal action, legal proceeding or administrative proceedings.
A process serving agency is any person, firm, partnership, association or corporation, other than an attorney or law firm located in this state, or city marshal, who maintains an office, bureau or agency, the purpose of which is to assign or distribute process to individual process servers for actual service in the city of New York.
For the purposes of this subchapter the service of five or more process in anyone year shall be deemed to constitute doing business as a process server.