I knew there is a pending suit against me in the local circuit court but I have not been served yet, the petition will be expired at the end of Apr, 2017 since it was originally filed on Apr 30, 2016. I will be out of the nation for a while, what will happen if they do serve me while I am not in town? Do they have to serve by Apr 29?
It is unclear why you haven't been served or what kind of case. Generally, you can serve either by posting the complaint at the defendant's last known address and mailing a copy, by publication if the person's address is unknown as well as personal service. Whether they have to serve by April 29 depends on the case (statute of limitations) Generally, unserved summons' may be reissued. I wouldn't play around with this. Consult and possibly retain a lawyer just in case. I recently had something like this happen: my client was served on a Monday and went to Asia on Tuesday for a trip. Fortunately, we were able to coordinate a timely answer but if the timing had been two days later he would have been in default without even knowing it.
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(1) at your earliest convenience check the file and make sure that the plaintiff has not filed a document that you were served
(2) clearly you are following this law suit as you are aware of it? How did you find out?
(3) you do not have to volunteer to be served. If you are avoiding service the plaintiff may try a substituted method. In that case you may be deeded served.
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