What Is Service of Process?
Service of Process, also sometimes called Notice of Litigation, is the legal term for the physical delivery of legal documents such as lawsuits, summons, complaints, subpoenas, orders to show cause, writs, notices to quit the premises and certain other documents. Service of Process documents are typically delivered by law enforcement to the registered agent for the business named in the documents/lawsuit. In most jurisdictions, process must be served and accepted in person for “service” to be completed. This is one of the reasons states require businesses to have a registered agent who (1) has a physical address in the state and (2) is available at that location during standard business hours.