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I am trying to give a defendant my claim papers - the

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I am trying to give a defendant my claim papers - the sheriff is finding this difficult. Can he leave the papers with the receptionist at his office. Thank you.

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Oregon

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This has been filed with small claims and the serving of the defendnt has been paid. I was informed that he could not contact the doctor to serve and could he leave this at his office

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Just want to know if this form can be left at the office

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ANSWER: Leaving it with his receptionist wouldn't constitute proper notice - because there's no assurance that the defendant got your paperwork (although you and I both know he would have). The sheriff may want to try at an alternate time - early morning or late in the day when the guy is leaving. If that continues not to work you can hire a real process server. Those guys only get paid when they serve so they have somewhat more of an interest in getting the job done. I hope that answers your question. If you don't need any additional information, could you please take a moment to check the box stating that I answered your question so that I receive credit for working with you. It doesn't cost you anything extra and it allows me to get credit for helping you. Sometimes people aren't aware that experts don't get any credit for the time and effort that we spend on our answers unless you rate it positively (3 or more stars). If you have follow up questions I'd be happy to answer them as well. You can still ask follow up questions after rating. There may be some lag in my response time if you follow up with additional questions. It just means I'm working with someone else but I will ALWAYS come back an answer your questions when I'm done.

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