Certified mail... If I do not sign for it from an attorney

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Old Feb 4th, 2010, 11:43 PM   #11
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I see and like I said try it when your next jury summons come and see if the sherriff isnt knocking on your door.
Don't the courts send jury summons by regular mail?
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Old Feb 21st, 2010, 12:21 AM   #12
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I think not signing for mail is like an admission of guilt.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2010, 01:04 PM   #13
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Not sure what the last post meant exactly, but a person is under no obligation to sign for a certified letter, regardless of who it is from. There is no law currently in existence that requires a recipient of a certified letter to sign for it. After three attempts, the mail is returned, unsigned for.

No certified mail would contain any type of court documents anyway, as they must be served by a Sheriff.

Not signing for mail is not an "admission of guilt" and please, let's not insert our own personal opinion. Everyone is entitled to due process under the law and everyone is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

Not signing for certified mail is not a crime, and the person who refuses to sign may have their own reasons for not doing so. It's irresponsible to guess, or assume why people choose not to sign for the mail they receive certified.

Attorneys do not send pleadings via certified mail. They must file pleadings with the courts. Copies are mailed to both plaintiffs and defendants, but if both have their own attorney, the copy would be mailed to them (the attorneys).
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Old Feb 22nd, 2010, 01:23 PM   #14
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Don't the courts send jury summons by regular mail?
Ours do. I am in Arizona.

Just regular mail.


But just to clarify, the poster here was asking about a letter from an attorney.
Clearly that does not need to be signed for and accepted. Nor does any registered mail I agree. You may miss something important for you--or not--but you are not required to sign.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2010, 02:12 PM   #15
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Not sure what the last post meant exactly, but a person is under no obligation to sign for a certified letter, regardless of who it is from. There is no law currently in existence that requires a recipient of a certified letter to sign for it. After three attempts, the mail is returned, unsigned for.

No certified mail would contain any type of court documents anyway, as they must be served by a Sheriff.

Not signing for mail is not an "admission of guilt" and please, let's not insert our own personal opinion. Everyone is entitled to due process under the law and everyone is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

Not signing for certified mail is not a crime, and the person who refuses to sign may have their own reasons for not doing so. It's irresponsible to guess, or assume why people choose not to sign for the mail they receive certified.

Attorneys do not send pleadings via certified mail. They must file pleadings with the courts. Copies are mailed to both plaintiffs and defendants, but if both have their own attorney, the copy would be mailed to them (the attorneys).

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Old Feb 25th, 2010, 10:21 PM   #16
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Not sure what the last post meant exactly, but a person is under no obligation to sign for a certified letter, regardless of who it is from. There is no law currently in existence that requires a recipient of a certified letter to sign for it. After three attempts, the mail is returned, unsigned for.

R. I agree that no one is under a obligation to sign for a certified letter.

No certified mail would contain any type of court documents anyway, as they must be served by a Sheriff.

R. Most court filings, court documents, orders are served by regular U.S. Mail.

Not signing for mail is not an "admission of guilt" and please, let's not insert our own personal opinion. Everyone is entitled to due process under the law and everyone is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

R. I think the poster meant to say its a "Admission of Evasiveness" not accepting certified mail, and I would agree with that. Most people know why a certified letter is being sent. Someone wants to certify you received the letter, significant enough to pay a fee to get your John Doe on it.

Not signing for certified mail is not a crime, and the person who refuses to sign may have their own reasons for not doing so. It's irresponsible to guess, or assume why people choose not to sign for the mail they receive certified.

R. It is not a crime. But because they want to avoid/evade signing for it=surreptious evasive behavior. Thats what the other poster was conveying. People feel it is something important that they don't want to see. They can call the post office and ask who sent it when they get the notice to pick it up, and figure out whether they want to pick it up or not. They make a knowing decision whether to pick it up or not.

How do you explain to a Judge why you failed to pick up your mail despite 3 notices to do so?, and keep your credibility intact with the Judge?

Attorneys do not send pleadings via certified mail. They must file pleadings with the courts. Copies are mailed to both plaintiffs and defendants, but if both have their own attorney, the copy would be mailed to them (the attorneys).
R. I agree with this paragraph, regular mail is the norm. Unless serving pleadings, subpoenas, etc.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2010, 09:13 AM   #17
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I'm not sure if you have any obligation to sign for certified letters, but court papers (summonses and subpoenas) CAN be served by registered mail.
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Old Feb 20th, 2013, 07:45 PM   #18
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I don't know if it is different for different states but I was just involved in a boundary line dispute case and although the first summons was served by a process server after a month of trying and defendant refusing to admit who they were, the court itself sent a copy of the first and second judgments, liability and damages to the defendants who did not answer or show up for either hearing, and the clerk of the court told me that not accepting a certified letter is not a crime, but it is also not a defense. You cannot use not signing or receiving any mail that is correctly addressed to your known current address as a defense in court.
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Old Nov 11th, 2014, 10:07 PM   #19
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No certixxxx mail would contain any type of cxxxx documents anyway, as they must be served by a Sheriff.
The statement above, posted previously in this thread, now appears near the top of results on certain Google searches. But it simply is not accurate, and people's reliance on it has harmed them. (I obscured words with x's in an effort to prevent this post from further promoting inaccurate info.) An accurate statement below is quoted from nolo dot com's "Serving Court Papers on an Individual." Nolo is a commercial publisher of legal info for consumers. I have no affiliation with Nolo or nolo dot com.

"In the majority of states, you can serve papers by sending them to the defendant via certified mail with a return receipt requested. In some states, service by certified (or registered) mail is one among several ways you may serve papers. Other states require you to try service by certified mail first, before any other method of service." (end of Nolo quotation)

Signing for certified mail can affect your legal rights. Ask to see the item and look at the return address before signing. You are not required to sign. Signatures for certified mail confirm voluntary receipt.

This post does not constitute legal advice and does not imply that you should or should not accept certified mail. If in doubt, consult a lawyer in your state. Some lawyers provide answers to simple questions without charge over the phone.
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I would add to the above that in some states like California, process, legal papers like a summons and complaint are sent simultaneously by certified and regular mail. The presumption is that even if the person did not sign for the certified, they got it -- were served..If they do not respond, default can be entered.
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