By Roger Jewell, eHow Contributor
There are strict rules for serving legal process on a party to a lawsuit. Acceptable methods of serving legal process include constructive service, mailed notice and acknowledgment of receipt, personal service, substituted service and service by publication. Service of process may be effectuated by a process server or a sheriff’s office in the jurisdiction where the real property is located. Special rules apply when serving members of the armed forces and government agencies. Court rules may require service within a specified time period. The original summons should be returned to court after service of the documents.
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