Process Serving Terminology

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Registered Agent

This is an individual/agent whose name and address is provided by the corporation or receiving official documents. Also referred to as an "agent for service of process" or "agent for acceptance of service." Generally, States require that a corporation name an actual person who is legally authorized to accept service of any lawsuit or claim against the corporation. Also see Corporations Registered Agents.

Return Of Service

A return of service is a type of legal document that shows proof that legal documents were delivered to an individual involved in a legal matter. The return of service, also called proof of service, must be filed with the clerk of court showing proof that service was completed on the individual/entity in question. Some courts refer to a return of service as an affidavit of service or proof of service or certificate of service.

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