When you need to a serve a summons and complaint, subpoena or order to show cause, you have two options when it comes to serving them upon the subject. A New Jersey process server could be the right option for you.
When serving, one can utilize the Sheriff’s department to complete their service task. There are some limitations when it comes to using the Sheriff’s department, through no fault of theirs. Sheriffs have a wide array of responsibilities, so serving someone within a few days of receiving documents is not at the top of their priority list. Generally using the sheriff for service can take a month at least.
Given the other responsibilities of the Sheriff, it can also be difficult to get in touch with them to obtain a status update. By the very nature of their job and hours, most attempts are made between 9-5. This can present problems when attempting to serve subjects who work during those hours.
New Jersey process server
New Jersey process servers handle services on a daily basis. This is their sole job and they have the time, knowledge and expertise to complete your service quickly.
Because this is the primary line of work, New Jersey process servers can make attempts outside of the 9-5 hours in an effort to serve individuals before they leave for work or once they return home. It also means service is attempted much more quickly and frequently. For example, DGR has an average turn-around time of 3 days within New Jersey.
Additionally, they are to respond in a timely fashion to any requests for status updates.
Another difference between the Sheriff and a New Jersey process server is the cost. A survey by ServeNow of legal professionals including paralegals and attorneys found the average cost of the Sheriff to be $39.58 and the average cost of a private process server to be $53.99. For an extra $14.41, one can hire a private process server to serve their documents in a more timely fashion within the hours the subject is likely to be home.
When it comes to serving a document, would you choose a New Jersey process server or the sheriff?