ser·vice 1 n
1: the act of delivering to or informing someone of a writ, summons, or other notice as prescribed by law
after service of process see also notice by publication at notice, substituted service, summons
◇ Although service of process is primarily the means for a court to exert personal jurisdiction over a person, some form of service (as by publication of notice in a newspaper) is also usu. required for exercise of in rem or quasi in rem jurisdiction.
2 a: useful labor that does not produce a tangible commodity
— usu. used in pl.
payment for service s rendered
b: the maintenance or repair of tangible property
machinery for the service and improvement of the residence
service 2 vt ser·viced, ser·vic·ing: to provide services for: as
a: to meet interest and sinking fund payments on (debt)
didn't have the cash flow to service a large loan
b: to collect payments and maintain a payment schedule for (a loan) esp. after sale of the loan to a secondary mortgage market (as the Federal National Mortgage Association) compare originate

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (assistance) noun abetment, accommodation, advice, aid, attendance, backing, benefit, care, cooperation, favor, guidance, help, helping hand, ministerium, ministration, opera, relief, succor, support, useful office, usefulness associated concepts: essential service, professional service, public service, service contract, service mark II (delivery of legal process) noun commencement of an action, delivery of a writ, delivery of process, handing over legal papers, institution of proceedings, notification of legal action associated concepts: actual service of process, constructive service of process, personal service, service by mail, service by publication, service of notice, service of subpoena, service of summons, service rendered, special service, substituted service of process III index adhesion (loyalty), agency (legal relationship), aid (help), aid, avail (be of use), benevolence (act of kindness), bureaucracy, employment, fix (repair), help, homage, maintain (sustain), maintenance (upkeep), office, post, profit, promotion (encouragement), purpose, repair, reparation (keeping in repair), servitude, usage, use, utility (usefulness), worth

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

The act of working for someone; the work that is performed by someone.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1) Delivering legal papers to a defendant or a plaintiff in a lawsuit.
2) Delivering written notification of the sender's intent to invoke a legal or contractual right. See: service of process, personal service, substituted service
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 The formal delivery of a subpoena, writ, or other legal notice or process.
2 The doing of something useful or helpful for another individual or for a company in exchange for a fee.
3 The time spent in the military, as in, "in the service of one's country."
@ service by publication
A publication of a notice in a newspaper or other publication in lieu of personal service. In some jurisdictions, the mailing of the news clipping to the last known address of the person is required.
@ substituted service by
@ service substituted by
A presenting of service to a recognized agent of the party or by mailing notice to that party or any other way permitted by law other than personal service.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Any duty or labor performed for another person.
The delivery of a legal document that notifies the recipient of the commencement of a legal action or proceeding in which he or she is involved.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Any duty or labor performed for another person.
The delivery of a legal document that notifies the recipient of the commencement of a legal action or proceeding in which he or she is involved.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) paid work by another person, either by contract or as an employee. "Personal services" is work that is either unique (such as an artist or actor) or based on a person's particular relationship to employer (such as a butler, nanny, traveling companion or live-in health care giver).
   2) the domestic activities of a wife, including the marital relationship (consortium), are legally considered "services" for which a deprived husband may sue a person who has caused injury to his wife.
   3) the official delivery of legal documents ("service of process") such as a summons, subpena, complaint, order to show cause (order to appear to show reasons why a judge should not make a particular order), writ (court order), or notice to quit the premises, as well as delivery by mail or in person of documents to opposing attorneys or parties, such as answers, motions, points and authorities, demands and responses.

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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