acceptance of service
- When a defendant, or their attorney, agrees in writing to receive a legal document, such as a complaint or petition, without needing it to be delivered by a sheriff or process server. This agreement must be recorded and proved, typically through a signed, dated form returned to the sender's attorney. Attorneys need to ensure they have their client's explicit permission to carry out this action on their behalf
- After lengthy negotiations, the lawyer confirmed the acceptance of service to speed up the process.
- The defendant's agreement to the acceptance of service made the divorce proceedings move smoothly.
- Without proper authority from the client, an attorney's acceptance of service could be challenged later.