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I have recieved copied of subenas sent to banks such as JPM and other requestion copies of transactions for many people who recieved payment from a man named Niel Ranells. He administered his sisters estate and conservatership. Apparently, since he paid me for trading services rendered for his trading account information was requested regarding me.…I have recieved no personalized services of any kind or direct contract nor certified mail…only copies of these many document requests. I live in florida and have since 2005. The payments to me happened in 2008 and I communicated with neil only on the phone and via email. Neil lived in NYC till he passed. It appears the documents are coming form a Los Angeles courts…as far as I know, since i have not been to not done any business in califronia during these times they do not have personal jurisdiction over me…is this correct? If I am a non-resident of california should not any complaint be filed in florida? In addition, if I am named in a complaint, should I not be served formally with a complaint…I have seen nothing yet and as i said recieved no certified mail or corresondence that required any signatures.
Thank you very much jack...
I did look for the case number XXXXX did not find anything…I am on the mailing list however...
If i have been named in a complaint…should that not have been served explicitly so i have a copy of a complaint and can respond and that there is confirmation of me receiving it?
If california does not have personal jurisdiction over me in this matter can a judgement still be made in default and could I be required to go there for a depositions (something I can not afford to do right now)?
can proper service occur via regular mail without a signature? is it possible that I could be named in a california claim and have a judgement even if california does not have personal jurisdiction over me? that’s my last follow up - thank you very much for your responses BTW
thanks very much jack...
the only remaining clarifiation i’d like to understand, is that if I were on a complaint from california and they don’t have personal jurisdiction does that mean a judgement is not possible?
last thing regarding service, can I be served by a court that does not have jurisdiction over me? Incidentally they are using an incorrect old address to send corresondence.
Do i need to respond in some way so that they know that they do not have jurisdiction over me?
I will add an additional payment to this after this answer BTW
A judgment is possible, however you would be able to appeal the judgment for lack of jurisdiction or get it undone in Florida. This is a complex area of the law dealing with jurisdiction. There are a number of landmark court cases referred to establish or disestablish jurisdiction. An attorney in Florida can help you decide whether to fight the Judgment in California ( if there is one) or collaterally in Florida.
If you are still unsure get a copy of the complaint from the Clerk of Courts. Ask the Clerk who was served the Complaint, and/or check the docket to see who was served the Complaint.
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