Service of Process | Personal Delivery Required

Service of Process upon an individual where Personal Delivery is Required, and no other entity may accept on their behalf.

Serving an Individual Personally

When you (a Pro Se, representing yourself) or your Attorney submit paperwork requesting involvement from a court, it's typically incumbent upon the Petitioner (you) to notify the Respondent (them) under The Due Process Clause.

While all Service in New York State may be referred to as "Routine Service," Individual Service requires a Process Server to serve ONLY the respondent DIRECTLY (Personal Delivery Required). No third party may accept Service on the respondent's behalf, and no other method of Service is permitted (no Sub-Serve, no "Nail & Mail"). This is common in a Divorce or in Family Court.

You or your Attorney may not Serve the opposing party directly as a party to the action.

Anyone who is a New York State resident, is over 18 years of age, is considered to be a person of high standing and character, and not a party to the action, may Serve documents within the State of New York, but not more than five (5) within one year inside of New York City (without first registering as a Process Server).

In some instances a friend or relative may be willing to help, but problems may arise if they don't completely understand the details that can make the difference between a good Serve, and having your case dismissed.

Hiring an experienced professional Process Server in Divorce or in Family Court proceedings ensures that Service is performed in accordance with the law, is well documented with GPS date & time stamped photos, and that a signed & notarized Affidavit of Service is returned to you quickly at no additional cost.

If someone chooses to willfully evade Service of Process

Serving Evasive Individuals

In order to demonstrate a good faith effort to locate an individual, it may be necessary to perform a Skip Trace search, check multiple addresses, complete Affidavit(s) of Non-Service, and provide that information to the court in order to proceed.

Hiding behind an intercom or refusing to open the door won't prohibit Service; Spector v. Berman.

If someone chooses to willfully evade Service of Process, they may eventually find themselves in the position of having to explain themselves or lose something important as a result of having done so.

When there is reason to believe the Respondent may react aggressively or violently

Serving Aggressive Individuals

As a Civil Process Serving business with a knack for finding and Serving individuals who've made themselves difficult to locate, one thing we don't go looking for is trouble. We're better prepared to deal with situations that go awry than most, however our approach to each Serve is from a practical perspective before a tactical one.

If there is reason to believe the Respondent may react aggressively or violently, the Sheriff's Civil Bureau within your local jurisdiction may be better suited to help.