service of process

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service of process

Completion of all legal requirements to give official notice to a person regarding a lawsuit filed against that person.After service of process,the defendant will have a certain number of days to file an answer. It is critical to determine the correct service date and to keep track of the deadline to file an answer, which could be as short as 14 days in most states. Failing to file an answer will result in a default judgment in which the court will give the person filing the suit—the plaintiff—everything that person asked for,no questions asked.When the judgment becomes final and not appealable, after the passage of another period of time, the plaintiff may begin efforts to seize any real or personal property he or she can find to satisfy the judgment.

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The court stated that because the circuit court judge personally questioned Father and Grandmother before ordering service by publication, any shortcomings in DSS's questioning were harmless error.
1987) (holding that service by publication was not warranted because a reasonably diligent search had not been conducted in a proceeding to terminate mother's rights to her son).
Affidavit for service by publication, as required under Oklahoma law, stated that State agent was unsuccessful in locating father.
(218.) Nolan, 490 N.W.2d at 520 (holding, in a divorce action that was commenced through service by publication, that the default judgment was void due to a lack of in personam jurisdiction stemming from mother's failure to even attempt to use information she had of father's telephone number or his possible address in Tennessee).