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I live, have property in NY state and am trying to evict a tenant who has not paid rent for over 3 months. I have a lawyer(paid him $1,500 six weeks ago) but he has not served her with papers. How can I do this myself?

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I told you---NY

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All that my lawyer has done is to communicate with her legal aid lawyer.

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You cannot serve the person yourself, since you are the plaintiff, you have to hire a process server or have some disinterested person 18 or older serve the tenant the suit for eviction and summons to appear.
You need to start by making sure you have given the tenant a 3 day notice to pay or evict in writing. If you have not done this yet, you need to go to the house or have someone go to the house and hand them the 3 day notice and also stick a copy in the mail. If they are not home tack a copy of the notice to the main entry to the house.
After the 3 day period expires, then you have to go to the NY court and file a complaint for eviction. You would need to then get the sheriff to serve them the suit and summons or you need to hire a professional process server to serve them the suit and summons. If they fail to answer, then you can go to court and get an eviction by default judgment. Once you have that if they do not leave, you bring that to the sheriff and they will forcibly remove them and their property from the premises.
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