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New York Process Servers

What does a Process Server do?

A process server delivers legal documents to a defendant or an individual involved in a lawsuit. The process server must serve the documents in accordance with the laws in the jurisdiction of service or by the laws of the forwarding jurisdiction. This service is performed by handing the documents to the individual personally or by effecting substitute service upon someone in the same household or business. Documents are delivered to someone of proper age, which varies state to state. Once the documents are served, the process server is required to provide proof that the papers were served. This is done through a document call an Affidavit of Service, also called a Proof of Service, which may be notarized and given to the party who requested service. Process servers may also file your legal documents with the courts, handle document retrieval and may offer various types of services.

Do I need a process server?

Hiring a Legal Process Server is an important step in proceeding with a lawsuit. In some states, someone who performs service of process is required by law to be registered or licensed, so if you are in one of these states, the answer is "Yes!". Even if a process server does not need to be licensed in the state where you need service, you should keep in mind that a process server is someone who is experienced in serving legal documents efficiently. More importantly, professional process servers are knowledgeable of the legislation surrounding service of process in their state or county. There are several requirements and constraints associated with serving legal documents that vary from state to state, or county to county. If the service is not performed in accordance with the law, this can hinder your case from going forward or result in the dismissal of your case.

How much does it cost to get papers served?

Process serving rates can vary from case to case and state to state. Same day or rush serves are typically billed at a higher rate. The cost of a routine serve (a serve that is first attempted within several days of receiving the papers) can be as low as $40 and can go up to $150.

What is substituted service?

When an individual is unavailable for personal service, many jurisdictions allow for substituted service. This allows the process server to leave service documents with other responsible individuals such as cohabiting adults. Some jurisdictions allow for substitute service upon a person in charge at the individual’s place of business.

Can service be made by mail?

Service by mail is permitted by many U.S. jurisdictions for service on defendants located in other U.S. states or foreign countries.

Can an agent accept service of process?

Sometimes, delivery to an agent for acceptance of service or "Registered Agent" can substitute for personal service on the principal party to be served.

Can service of process be provided on Holidays?

Certain states prohibit the delivery or serving of documents on Sundays, holidays, and election days. Some states will allow the service of documents under special circumstances, such as when the service of process is pursuant to a court order.

Empire State Legal Services 

has process servers in NYC, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, and in Westchester County.


As our office is conveiniently located near the New York Supreme Court on Centre Street









Business Hours:


Monday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Tuesday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Wednesday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Thursday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Friday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday Closed


Our Locations

New York Office:
217 Centre Street, Ste. 108
New York, NY 10013



New Rochelle Office:

3 Church Street, # 736

New Rochelle, NY 10801


Yonkers Office:

18 Rollins Street, #3W

Yonkers NY 10705


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