Having trouble serving a lawsuit?
Does your debtor claim they were never sued?
Are you sick and tired of debtors making up excuses?
Ensure your lawsuit gets properly served. Get expert tips from our debt collectors in Michigan at Muller, Muller, Richmond, & Harms, P.C.
The law requires you serve your defendants with legal papers in a way that you can later prove that the defendant actually received them. This proof can be difficult because the process is sometimes easier said than done when your defendant dodges all attempts to give him or her the papers.
After you get a default judgment against a defendant who never responded to your suit, the defendant often complains that he or she didn’t know they were being sued. You can overcome claims of non-service by making sure that your lawsuit is properly served.
A good way to cover all your serving bases is to make copies of the summons, complaint, and exhibits for each defendant in the case and then serve each of your defendants in three separate ways.
1. Service by regular mail – Send a copy of the paperwork to each defendant by regular first-class mail.
2. Service by certified mail – Send another copy of the documents to each defendant by certified mail and request a return receipt. Keep the certified mail card when it comes back from the post office; this slip is crucial because it contains the defendant’s signature and proves that he or she received and signed for the certified mail.
3. Service by process server – For each defendant, you give a copy of all the forms to a process server, along with an extra copy of the summons. The process server will hand deliver a copy of your documents to the defendant and completes a proof of service on the second copy of the summons and files it with the court.
After service is complete, you should also file a proof of service with the court describing how you served your defendants by mail and or by a process servicer. That way, you can build your case up even more when your debtor fires back!
At Muller, Muller, Richmond, & Harms, P.C., our debt collectors in Michigan can help you build a strategy customized to fit your business needs. We want to ensure you receive the best possible outcome in pursuing your case.
Since 1961, our top-rated lawyers have been dedicated to professionally and aggressively pursuing the money you’re owed in a straightforward, ethical manner. With offices in Birmingham and Grand Rapids, we handle claims against debtors located in Michigan, even if you are located out of state or out of the country.
If you need help settling a debt owed to your business by a debtor in Michigan, contact our experienced debt collectors in Michigan.
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