FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PROCESS SERVING

Why do you need to have the other party served?

The other party needs to have “Notice and opportunity to be heard” before the court has power to resolve the matter between you and them.  The service of process provides them with the fundamental notice of the matter at hand. Once they have been ‘served’ the court has jurisdiction over the party. 

How do I hire someone to serve papers in Arizona?

  1. Contact the local county sheriff's Civil Process Services Division in which your papers need to be served within Arizona.
  2. Hire a constable. A constable is an elected official to a justice court,  each justice court has territorial boundaries that the constable can serve papers within.
  3. Hire a private process server, Serve Monsters.  We are someone who is competent,  reputable,  organized,  and professional.  To hire us as a process server simply contact us and ask for quotes and service options.  We are available by phone and email and will be able to answer questions regarding legal service of process and what our company offers. 

How many attempts will you generally make to serve my documents?

Once we’ve agreed a flat rate with you there will be no surprises. We will generally make 3-5 attempts to serve the paper; however as time is often a factor in the serving of legal documents we will work with you to get the documents served as quickly and efficiently as possible.  

How long does it take for a process server to serve in Arizona?

Typically three to twelve days. Once we’ve agreed to a flat rate with you there will be no surprises.  We will generally make 3-5 attempts to serve the paper;  however as time is often a factor in the serving of legal documents we will work with you to get the documents served as quickly and efficiently as possible.   

Is it illegal to avoid being served in Arizona?

It is not illegal to avoid service of process. In most cases, service is inevitable.  If you avoid service long enough,  the plaintiff may still serve you by publication or alternative service in most cases.  

What is Alternative Process Service?

Not all states have the ability to motion the courts for alternative service. Courts in Maricopa County, Arizona can create special serve rules on a case by case basis. We are experts in this; and while we will not give you legal advice, we can assist you on how and where to go to get that assistance. On a showing of good cause, Arizona and courts can and will create special serve rules to effectuate service on the other party. 

Are there restrictions on when documents can be served?

The restrictions depend on which state the papers are being served in or are coming from. Most states have both in-state and out of state serve rules; this is also an important reason why you need to hire a process server..

In most states you can serve anyone anywhere at anytime. In Arizona service of process can be carried out 7 days a week, 24 hours a day 365 days of the year. Some states regulate certain times of day, i.e. not after 10pm or not on a Sunday, but in Arizona process service is non-stop.


In some states like New York, Florida, Virginia and others, you cannot serve someone at their residence on Sundays, nor can you serve them when they are traveling to and from a court of law. Some states don’t allow serves to occur on holidays. Please check the laws in your state or consult with a professional process server in the state in which the legal documents have been issued.

Do you have to be face to face to carry out a serve?

No, it’s not necessary to be face to face to serve documents. If we can’t get to the person, we may be able to effect service in other ways. Call us to find out more.  

Can you break a door down to carry out a process service?

NO! The laws of trespass do apply. We cannot trespass on private property.  

Can a process server leave papers at your door in Arizona?

In most cases, a process server (someone who delivers official court documents) like lawsuits,  petitions,  enforcements,  etc. on behalf of the client for the court can't leave papers sitting under the doormat or posted to the door unless accompanied by a court order specifically specifying such as service but there are situations when they might still serve the documents without the intended recipient present.  

What areas do you cover?

We offer service in every state across the United States.  With a nationwide network of process servers we are able to offer service of process, skip-tracing, document retrieval, and court filing at one flat affordable rate in any one of the 50 states.

Can you refuse being served papers in Arizona?

 Different states have different laws concerning acceptance of papers, but in Arizona a defendant or target does not have to formally accept the serving of the  papers. If the target admits his or her identity but refuses the papers, the process server can leave the papers at the target's feet and walk away.  

How much does it cost to hire a process server in Arizona?

Process serving rates can vary from case to case and state to state. Same day or rush serves such as 1 hour to 3 hours for first attempt are typically charged at a higher rate. The cost of a routine serve (a serve that is first attempted within 3-5 days of receiving the papers) can be as low as $20 and can go up to $500, but the national average is somewhere between $75 and $125. Our TAT (turn-around-time) and the number of attempts all depend on your given situation. 


Many of our competitors post their process serving rates on their websites and then hit you for extra charges for a rush job or for serving papers at unsociable hours. We don’t believe in a one size fits all charging policy; we don’t believe in adding extras. We believe in providing value and great service. That’s why we won’t post a ‘price list’ here. Every situation is unique; we respect and appreciate your personal situation and will work with you to get a price that works for everyone.


Call us today; let’s discuss your situation, establish what you need, agree a fair process serving rate and get on with helping you solve your problem. Remember our aim is to be part of your solution, not part of your problem.  So pick up the phone, call Serve Monsters and let’s get your service of process underway.  Our philosophy on Arizona process serving rates is simple. We won't be undersold.


If you have questions that we haven’t covered, please call us – we’ll be happy to help and maybe add them to this list.