Can you serve a NY summons and complaint after it is filed in the court by mail (return receipt)? Do you have to serve a

Asked 8 months ago - Glen Cove, NY

Defendant by sheriff? What are the ways in NY you can serve a defendant?

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    Answered . The following document from the Unified Court System discusses the methods of service of process in New York Courts:

    The above constitutes general information only and should not be considered legal advice.
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    Answered . You can serve by mail pursuant to CPLR 312-a but the defendant does not have to accept it. If the defendant does not except it then you have to re-serve using a more traditional method and you can make a motion to have the defendant pay those costs. CPLR 312-a is very technical so be sure you follow it to a letter. It is probably better for a non-lawyer to have some serve the papers.

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