Atlanta, GA asked in Family Law for New York

Q: Can a certified letter that goes through the mail room, count as the defendant was served?

The letter was addressed to two people and neither person signed for it, but it was signed through the mail room at the company.

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Joshua Bannister
Joshua Bannister
  • Licensed in New York

A: Maybe. There's more than one way to serve someone in New York and following up with a mailed letter is a component of several different ways to execute proper service. Now would be a good time to retain counsel to answer the summons/complaint/petition before you end up with a default judgment. Defective service is something an attorney can raise in the answer, but more facts are needed to determine if that's a possibility.

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