You can be served by the papers being given to a person of suitable age and discretion at your actual dwelling place or office. Avoiding service might not be a good idea. If the process server can't serve you the plaintifff can make an ex-parte motion for permission to serve you by alternative means such as publication in a newspaper. When you fail to answer (because you didn't see it in the paper), the plaintiff then can seek a default judgment against you. Perhaps it is better ot face the lawsuit.
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Eventually, the Plaintiff couldl get a judgment against you if there is a case to be had. No point in hiding out, it will only delay, by a matter of weeks, the process.
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Answer depends on when the statute of limitation will expire. If it does not run for a while, them as the other responders answered you are running the risk of losing by not knowing about the case. If the statute is about expire, then your strategy may make sense. See a local lawyer to help you evaluate your best option.
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