What does it mean when someone says you have been served?

What does it mean when someone says you have been served?

You have been served (with a subpoena)!: You have been summoned to appear in court! ... It can either be a summons to testify, bring evidence or face punishment.

What does serving legal papers mean?

The legal way to give formal notice is to have the other side “served” with a copy of the paperwork that you have filed with the court. "Service of court papers" means that the other side must get copies of any paper you file with the court. ... The person who does this is called the “server” or “process server.”

Do lawyers really say you've been served?

But, you know, nobody says “You've been served.” You're supposed to inform them that these are legal papers, but we don't say “You've been served.” People are going to say—or not say—whatever they want, especially if they don't want to be served. So a process server doesn't have to get any verbal confirmation.

How do you serve someone who is hiding?

Here are a few ways that you may be able to use to locate the other party and to ultimately have him or her served.
  1. Personal Service. ...
  2. Send a Letter. ...
  3. Search for a Phone Number or Address. ...
  4. Use Social Media. ...
  5. Pay for a Person Search. ...
  6. Consider Contacting Others. ...
  7. Search Property Records. ...
  8. Use Another Address.