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In my opinion, your attorney was right. If it is obvious you are attempting to avoid service, the court will frown upon your actions to evade service. If you were on an extended vacation or they sent it to the wrong address, then you would have a basis for challenging service. If it is alleged that you purposefully evaded service, the court has the power to assess costs to the plaintiff.
Since you have been served, it is important that you timely answer the complaint/summons.
I am sorry that you are being pulled into litigation as it can be very stressful. If you feel you should retain a different attorney in your area, www.lawyer.com is a good resource for finding the right one for you. I do not know what area of law you are looking for, so cannot provide any input regarding that.
I hope the new year brings better things to you!
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