Taylor, MI asked in Internet Law for Michigan

Q: Is an email address a legal address?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In Michigan, an email address is not considered a legal address in the traditional sense. A legal address typically refers to a physical location where legal documents can be served or where a person resides or conducts business.

An email address, while a valid form of communication, does not provide a physical location and therefore does not fulfill the requirements of a legal address for purposes such as service of process, official government correspondence, or registering a business.

However, for some transactions and communications, especially in digital contexts, an email address may be accepted as a means of contact. It's important to distinguish between a contact address and a legal address when dealing with legal documents or procedures.

If you require an address for legal purposes, you should use a physical address that meets the necessary legal criteria. Always check the specific requirements of the situation or jurisdiction to determine the appropriate type of address to use.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Michigan attorney could advise best under applicable state laws, but in most places, an email address is not a legal address. Legal address often means a physical address. Good luck

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