If you want your documents handled quickly, reliably, professionally, and safely, High Quality Court Services is here for you! Service of process is the serving of legal papers that starts a lawsuit such as Summons & Complaint or Notice of Petition and Petition
A party to an action cannot serve their own legal papers. If a document is not delivered correctly, a case can be dismissed. Laws on the service of legal papers in New York state can be found in the Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR) https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/CVP
After legal documents are served, a process server must provide the Affidavit of Service (proof of service). It must be signed, notarized, and filed in court.
We also serve legal documents after an action has already started.
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Timely service is guaranteed! High Quality Court Services is aware of all the service requirements for various subpoenas.
After legal action starts, a party may issue either a Subpoena ad Testificandum requiring a person or organization to testify in court, or a Subpoena Duces Tecum requiring them to produce evidence or records before the court.
A Deposition Subpoena requires a person, who is not a party to the lawsuit to appear at a deposition as part of the “discovery process” before trial.
Subpoenas are served pursuant to the statutes of the Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR) and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP). They have their own service time restrictions.
Matrimonial Services include separation, divorce, annulment, etc.
Along with the document being served (e.g. Summons and Complaint, Summons with Notice, etc.), Notice of Automatic Orders DRL 236, Notice Concerning Continuation of Health Care Coverage DRL 255(1) and Notice of Guideline Maintenance must be provided.
Should there be a need to enter a default judgment because the defendant did not answer the Complaint, HQ Court Services must have a photograph of the defendant or plaintiff must accompany the server at time of service. Please provide all the information that might help in serving the defendant, such as place of business, hours of availability, daily routine, apartment number, phone number, etc.
Summons and petition must be served based upon the letter preceding the docket number (e.g. V-12345, P-67890, O-09876, F-54321, B-24680):
V – Must be served by in-hand personal delivery only, no sooner than 8 days before hearing date.
B – Must be served by in-hand personal delivery only, no sooner than 20 days before hearing date.
O – Must be served by in-hand personal delivery only, no sooner than 24 hours before hearing date.
P&F – Must be served either by in-hand personal delivery or by suitable age and discretion to a person over 15 years of age living with respondent or co-worker at place of business no sooner than 8 days before hearing date. If served at place of business upon co-worker, then copy of summons and petition must be mailed to respondent’s last known residence address.
Surrogate court documents deal with Estate and Guardianship affairs. Most papers from this court require in-hand-only service to people. As one of the strictest courts, there is no room for error in providing information with such papers.
Provide High Quality Court Services with as much information as possible (as in Matrimonial). Our highly trained, detail-oriented staff will handle your matter professionally.
Citations require service of 10 days’ notice before the court date, and if served outside the State of New York, 20 days’ notice is necessary (can be mailed). Affidavits of service must be filed no earlier than 3business days before court date.
Our process servers have been handling commercial and residential foreclosure actions for more than a decade for clients in the New York area.
When filing a Summons and Complaint for Residential and Commercial foreclosures, the cost of purchasing the index number is $400 and the cost of a Notice of Pendency (lis pendens) will vary depending upon the country where the real property is located.
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High Quality Court Services regularly files affidavits of service for clients in the U.S. District Courts. If you give us your login credentials, we can file your affidavits for you!
Public Access to Court Electronic Records (P.A.C.E.R) Filing allows users to get case and docket information and file documents online from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts.
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