What can I do about defendants avoiding a summons?

When you are trying to bring a case against another person, they must be served with a summons informing them that you plan to bring legal action against them. If you have previously informed the party that they are going to be served with a summons, you may find that they intentionally avoid you in an attempt to avoid the summons altogether. You will have to do what you can to track this person down and give them the summons. In order to do this, you may have to make several attempts to deliver the summons, including going to their job, home, or other locations they frequent. If you have made multiple attempts and still are unsuccessful, you may have to obtain professional help through the court. You will have to prove that you went to places they may be on several occasions at several different times throughout the day.

If you really, truly cannot track this person down, the court may be able to appoint a service who can assist you. This is, of course, last case scenario. The court would much rather you deliver the summons yourself, but sometimes that is just not possible. If you find yourself in a situation of this caliber, you should speak with your attorney and they can guide you through this frustrating time.

Contact a New York premises liability injury lawyer at Weinstein, Chase, Messinger & Peters, P.C. with any questions you may have about your legal rights or to schedule a free case consultation and evaluation. Even more than Brooklyn premise liability attorneys, we consider ourselves client counselors. 

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