How long does it take for a paper to actually get served?

Time of service of papers varies. Each paper has statute limits on how long we have to make attempts and how many we must make. The deputy that is assigned to your paper will make as many diligent attempts as necessary in order to achieve service or enough information regarding whether the to-be served party currently resides at the provided address or if they may be avoiding service.

Orange notification cards are left at their residence upon each attempt with the Civil Department phone number and a reference paper number. This gives the to-be served party the opportunity to make arrangements for service for delivery or to pick it up at the Sheriff’s Office. Each paper is considered important and will be treated with respect and diligence. 

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1. How much does it cost to get a paper served by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office?
2. I want to get someone out of my house/apartment. How do I evict them?
3. I want to know if a paper I wanted served actually did get served, how can I do that?
4. I got a letter/phone call informing me that I have a distress warrant. What is it? How can I pay it off?
5. What are the upcoming Sheriff’s Sales to be held?
6. I was told to seek a protection order. What is it? Where can I go to get one?
7. How long does it take for a paper to actually get served?
8. I understand the steps of an eviction, but I don’t want to use an attorney. How do I file for an eviction by myself?
9. I need to get an execution on a person/company. What exactly does that entail? How long does it take? Does it cost more than a regular service?