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“The defendant is avoiding service…what do I do?”

May 15, 2015 | by Cara Williams

Filing your lawsuit is hard enough and getting it served in North Carolina should be a straightforward process, but savvy defendants have found ways to dodge your attempts so far. You attempted certified mail, and got no signatures back. The sheriff said they are unable to serve, and you have already spent too much time and money sending the sheriff out. You have thought about posting an ad in the newspaper, but sometimes legal ads will not achieve the remedy you desire or deserve. An experienced creditors’ rights attorney knows how to assist you in finding appropriate options for serving your defendant.

Please consult an attorney before considering your next step.

Cara Williams is an associate attorney at Smith Debnam, concentrating her practice in creditors’ rights litigation and foreclosure, estate planning, and probate litigation. She represents lenders, acting as substitute trustee on behalf of secured parties in foreclosure and providing professional counsel on loan transactions and lien issues. Cara authors a blog titled: North Carolina Estate Litigation and Elder Law - where she covers important issues with respect to estate planning and elder law. Prior to joining Smith Debnam, Cara was the Assistant Clerk Attorney for the Wake County Clerk of Court where she was the hearing officer for foreclosures, guardianships, estates, and various civil matters....LEARN MORE

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