Suing an individual for injuries sustained in a bicycle vs motor vehicle accident, no insurance. So filing a small claims suit, but following the steps by demanding payment first. Can someone I know but not related to the case deliver a copy of my request for payment in person to make sure we have the right address and then immediately mail an additional copy by certified mail? Is this okay?
Despite what it says in the Small Claims Handbook (p. 5), generally there is no requirement that you make a formal demand for payment before filing a small claims case in Alaska. Certainly not in a personal injury case like yours. As there is no such requirement, there is no set protocol for delivery of a demand -- if you choose to make one. This doesn't mean you shouldn't make the effort to see if you can resolve the claim without filing in court. But you can be as formal or informal in doing this as you like.
BUT, when you file your small claims case, you will need to serve the Complaint and related documents by certified mail or via a process server. Delivery by an acquaintance will not work.
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