Summons & Complaint

Service of Summons & Complaint requires plaintiffs to inform the defendant about the complaint along with a summons notice that requires the defendant to respond in court. Serving a lawsuit to a defendant has particular requirements, which is why many private individuals and legal industry experts choose professional process servers to ensure compliance with these requirements.

At Elite Legal Services of NY, Inc, we have several decades of experience handling all types of process serving cases. If you want to deliver a Summons & Complaint document to someone, reach out to us for reliable, timely, and efficient services in New York.

What is Service of a Summons & Complaint?

A Summons & Complaint is a process where legal action is initiated in a city, state, or federal court, and all involved parties are identified. A Summons document compels the defendant to appear in court so they can respond to the plaintiff’s complaint. The complaint outlines the reason why the plaintiff filed the lawsuit and what action the plaintiff wants the courts to take to settle the lawsuit.

As part of the legal proceedings, the plaintiff needs to send a copy of the Summons & Complaint to the defendant. In state and city courts, a Summons & Complaint needs to be served to the defendant with 120 days of being issued. Federal courts mandate that a Summons & Complaintdocument needs to served in 90 days, except in the Northern District of New York, which offers 60 days for process serving after the docket number is purchased. Generally, it’s best practice to deliver the Summons & Complaint as early as possible.

Serving a Summons & Complaint

Service of process must be done by a party that has no relevance to the lawsuit and is over the age of 18. Sometimes, people choose law enforcement officials such as a police officer or sheriff to deliver the Summons & Complaint, but the norm is to hire a professional private process service who is more familiar with the process.

When you hire a private process server, they will give you an Affidavit of Service as proof that they served the defendant. This needs to be filed as soon as possible with the court so that you can proceed with the case. If the court isn’t satisfied with how the Summons & Complaint was served, your case could be delayed or even dismissed.

New York City Process Servers

Established in 1992, Elite Legal Services of NY, Inc has several decades of experience in the industry. We ensure timely and efficient delivery of Summons & Complaint papers while maintaining the highest standards of quality and professionalism. Our process servers are skilled at tracking defendants and delivering papers and documents in accordance with the law. All fees include three attempts of service at any address you give us in the Tri-state area and the New York Metro area.

We’re the top choice serving all NY boroughs, including the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island, as well as Nassau County, Richmond County, Westchester County, Putnam County, Suffolk County, and New Jersey.

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