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Acceptance of Service

Definition - What does Acceptance of Service mean?

Acceptance of service is when a defendant, or their attorney on their behalf, accepts papers that are being served to them. This is opposed to refusing to accept the papers from the court and having them delivered personally by a process server or police officer.

Justipedia explains Acceptance of Service

In order for the acceptance of service to be complete, the defendant or the defendant's attorney must sign a receipt so that there is proof of the transaction.

Papers can be served for reasons such as one spouse wants a divorce, a restraining order is being given, or for a number of other reasons.

If an attorney is to make an acceptance of service on behalf of their client, then they must possess the full legal authority to do so.

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