You may be served in any manner allowed under the CPLR which governs methods of service, and it need not be "in hand." You cannot insist on a method of service, but can challenge service as being defective if that is the case. Your reply papers as served sound OK, since a reply is typically due for service one day before the appearance.
The same as any other appeal... perfection of the appeal typically must take place within 6 months after filing the notice (unless extension is granted) and then the Answering brief, etc. must be filed, and ultimately it is reviewed by the Appellate Division, with or without oral argument, and then the decision is made. How long? It depends....figure at least 8 to 12 months.
Plain view is just that, and excludes the trunk, glove compartment, etc. unless you give consent to search these enclosed areas. If he has you under arrest, then they will theoretically be able to do an inventory search on anticipated impoundment of your vehicle, and a court often lets the fruits of the search in as evidence, but the arrest for something has to precede the search. Often, the police dupe the motorist into granting consent (who wants to argue with a cop?) so they get the search...
Radar devices are sophisticated enough that they can measure you speed coming or going, i.e. regardless of which direction the car is travelling. The trick is to make certain you have the right car clocked, and that is often where a defense might be made, as well as operability of the radar, etc. which is when your traffic law attorney mounts a defense at the trial.
Only your attorney with a full understanding of the facts and circumstances could advise you of this. And I don't suggest posting any specific facts. Police probably troll this site to learn the law as well and may recognize your case.
I don't know what you mean by your boss "stole" your novel. Was it published? Did he copyright it? Opinions about an unpublished novel don't mean much if it is never published. I am sure you have a copy of it (if not you already have your first proof problem). If and when it is published, then you'll know its value. However, why don't you copyright it? You should have done so initially, but it may not be too late.
The "weekend" sentencing is actually a week's time but served intermittently, so that you should get credit for one week for each weekend served. If your sentence was 6 mos and a judge sticks to it, then you get credit for each "week" you served. If he resentences you to a year, same principle. This should be confrimed with your attorney, and you should hire one, because you carry a lot more firepower in a court than you will without one, and s/he can advise you well beforehand what your...
No fault simply means that the grounds for divorce can be "irretrievable breakdown of the marriage" and it is no longer necessary to show that the other spouse is the bad guy. Everything else is the same.
You can get one time event coverage for the event if you are concerned that your homeowner's insurance would not cover the type of injury possible at the event or the policy coverage is too small. If you really want to avoid being sued, convince a friend to have the event at his place.
Ideally, get a consultation with an experienced divorce attorney with a good reputation, even if you think it will be uncontested. If you won't do that, do as much research on-line or in the library to educate yourself on the issues and consequences of your decision. You will still need an attorney to finish the job right. Do it yourselfers usually save money now and pay a lot more later. Spend a few bucks on that consultation and you won't regret it.