If you’re planning to file a lawsuit in the state of Utah, it’s important to know how to serve the other party with legal paperwork. Serving someone with a lawsuit involves more than just mailing a letter or giving them notice. In this blog post, we will go over how to properly serve someone with a lawsuit in the state of Utah.

Who Can Serve Legal Documents?

In Utah, anyone over 18 years of age who is not a party in the case can legally deliver service of process documents. This can include an individual, professional process servers, or registered agents.

How To Serve Someone With A Lawsuit

Once you’ve identified who will serve the documents, they must be served through a proper method. The most common methods used are personal service and substituted service:

  • Personal Service: This involves delivering the documents directly to the defendant or their representative by hand. The person serving must explain what is being served and then give them copies of all required documents.
  • Substituted Service: This involves delivering the documents to another adult at an address which could reasonably be associated with the defendant (for example their place of work). The document server must also leave two copies with someone at that address and mail one copy to the defendant’s last known address.

Both forms of service require proof that delivery was made and identification of who made delivery and when it was made. As such, any form of service should be done carefully and properly documented for later use as evidence during legal action if necessary.

Finally, if attempts at personal service or substituted service fail after reasonable effort has been made, you may file a motion for alternative service that must be heard by a judge before it can be approved. If approved by court order, alternative methods such as publication or email may also become available for serving your papers on someone in Utah.


No matter which method you choose when serving someone with legal paperwork in Utah, it is important that all steps are followed properly and adequately documented so there is no doubt about proof of delivery if needed later during legal proceedings.