I received a complaint, but it was never served certified mail. Instead the plaintiff used certificate of mailing. I am uncertain if this is a proper service method in Ohio and any assistance would be appreciated.
Check the docket of the court in which the Complaint was filed. The docket will show if the plaintiff attempted to serve you via certified mail. If he or she did, and the mail went unclaimed, there will be a notation on the docket showing the clerk has served you via regular mail.
If the complaint indicates that it was filed in a state court (such as a municipal court or common pleas court), the envelope should have the Court's return address, and not the plaintiff's. If in federal court, it should have come from the plaintiff's attorney. I only mention this because there are fraudulent debt collectors who will send phony complaints through the mail as an intimidation tactic. Be sure to verify the filing with the court if you are at all suspicious.
It certainly could be depending on the circumstances.
This response does not constitute legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. Legal problems and solutions depend on their unique facts. Due to the complexity and ever-changing nature of the law and to the limitations of this forum, this information may not be complete or adequate for your specific situation. Laws and regulations often differ from one jurisdiction to another. Mark E. Barbour practices in the State of Ohio.
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