You need to get a copy of the complaint and see why they included you as a defendant. If you lived at the property at some point, they may be under the mistaken impression that you are still an occupant, and they might only be seeking possession from you. If that is the case, I would recommend contacting the plaintiff's attorney and advising them you do not live there and should be dismissed from the case. If they are claiming you are more than just an occupant (i.e. that you are a party to the mortgage loan), you need an attorney.
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You need to find out who is suing you and why. If you cannot be located at your current address, a process server can be using former addresses to locate you. If there is no reason for some company to be suing you, then you can get the suit dismissed. Knowledge is power. You first must find out what is actually going on. There does not seem to be a privacy breach if a process server is attempting to locate you.
Yes, you can be served wherever the process server can find you. More important is why you are being sued and summoned. This is probably a debt that you need to deal with. If you do not take care of it, eventually, the creditor suing you will take further collection activities against you or your property. You will either need to hire an attorney to defend it or file for bankruptcyon protection if you are eligible.
It is important to contact an attorney to discuss your options as soon as you can.
Daniel J. Winter
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