There are many benefits to hiring a process server, especially for those who are involved in contentious and potentially emotionally volatile or legally tumultuous legal cases. Nonetheless, whether you are looking to hire a process server due to a messy divorce, a lucrative small claims case, an eviction, or any other legal reason, you probably have a number of doubts and concerns about the process. And it is completely normal to worry about the cost. After all, any type of legal exchange has the potential to be just as expensive as it is stressful.

So, how much can you expect to pay when hiring a process server? The answer can vary a great deal depending upon the specifics of your case. Typical costs can range anywhere from twenty dollars per routine serve to one hundred dollars per routine serve, with the national average hovering somewhere in the sixty to seventy dollar range.  However, this answer begs the obvious question of what can be considered an average serve. In reality, the cost of a serve depends on several factors, which will be covered in detail below:

  • Location. Hiring a process server to deliver notification to a person who lives right down the street from you is going to be much more affordable than hiring a process server to serve a person who lives across the state. And, as you can imagine, out of state serving is even more expensive — as are cross-country or international process serving. There are several reasons why distance may be an issue. First and foremost, this is a question of varying jurisdictions and varying state, local, and federal laws. In some cases, these prices could also be subject to the cost of actually finding the person in question, which we will discuss a bit more later on.
  • Type of Case. There are many reasons to hire a process server, ranging from simple small claims cases to complicated criminal cases with a thousand shades of grey in between. In order to discover the final cost of the process serving case that you need, the best thing that you can do is speak with an actual process serving organization and discuss the details of your case. 
  • Finding the subject in question. In some process serving cases, the most complicated part of serving the document could be finding the person who needs to be served. Fortunately, many process servers also offer what are known as skip tracing services. A skip is defined as any person who has ¨skipped town,¨ and professional skip tracing services are very effective at finding and contacting such persons through the use of technology, social engineering, database searching, and other techniques.
  • Other services. In addition to skip tracing, many process servers also offer additional services such as document retrieval and clerical services. If you need to utilize such services, you should expect to pay slightly more, although the exact details will depend upon your unique case and the prices of the process server that you are using. 

Visit Elite Process Serving online today to get the details about pricing for process serving, skip tracing, and more.