New York to Resume (Mostly) Normal Service of Process Rules

For more than six months, New York has been operating under modified rules for service of process to accommodate the need to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. However, the Chief Administrative Judge for the New York Unified Court System has issued an order resuming normal procedures for service of process. This means that, with a few notable exceptions, the previous procedures are back in effect, although there are still provisions in place for minimizing in-person contact. Continue reading “New York to Resume (Mostly) Normal Service of Process Rules”

Is it Legal to Serve Process Through Social Media?

The growth of the internet and related technologies has made it easier for people to keep in touch with one another, but the law has been slow to embrace such technology, particularly social media. Nowhere is this truer than in service of process, where in-person service is still the preferred method, and even delivering service to someone living at the same residence as the defendant is considered inferior. And yet, under some limited circumstances, courts have permitted people to serve defendants through social media. Continue reading “Is it Legal to Serve Process Through Social Media?”

Five Ways Service of Process Might Be Defective

Service of process is one of the most crucial parts of any lawsuit, and ensuring it is done properly is essential to your case going forward. However, if a process server is careless, there could be a problem with service that could delay your suit. In a worst case scenario, you could even miss a crucial deadline that permanently prevents you from going forward with your case. Here are five ways your service of process might be defective: Continue reading “Five Ways Service of Process Might Be Defective”

Complications with Serving Process on Foreign Defendants

While it was once a rare problem, it is increasingly common for plaintiffs these days to be forced to deal with the complications of serving process on foreign defendants. This can become an issue when serving process against foreign corporations, such as in cases involving international commerce, or against individuals when they travel to the United States and commit a tortious act. Plaintiffs hoping to bring a lawsuit against foreign defendants should be mindful of these complications, or else risk losing their case based on procedural delays or errors. Continue reading “Complications with Serving Process on Foreign Defendants”