New York, NY asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Construction Law for New York

Q: I know I'm sued for some money. But I've never served officially. Do I wait or ask them to serve me properly?

Some company didn't get the money from my Insurance company for their work on my house for only the "emergency" matters. But their invoice in very high over $169,000 for removing debris caused by fire and boarding up openings. So my insurance company hired a 3rd party to review the invoice to see if some inappropriate charges are made and get the amount reduced. In the meantime, the company had a lien on my property as well as filing a legal action against me about 20 days ago. So far I only received a copy of lien filed, but I have not received any summons. I just found out that the complaint has been filed with the supreme court. Do I have to respond before they serve me officially, or wait until they do, not knowing when and if they do?

1 Lawyer Answer
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: The case is likely efiled and viewable online. Playing the service of process game serves no purpose here. I would just look up the complaint and answer. The lien is the victory for them.

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