substituted service

Definition of "substituted service"
  1. A method of delivering court papers other than directly to the person involved, such as leaving them with an adult at the recipient's home, with a designated agent, or the recipient's manager at work, or posting a notice in a notable location and then sending certified copies via mail
How to use "substituted service" in a sentence
  1. The lawyer arranged for substituted service when the defendant was not reachable at home.
  2. Substituted service was used when the divorce papers were left with an adult at the recipient's home.
  3. Unable to reach him directly, the court opted for substituted service, leaving the papers with his manager at work.

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