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Sample Motion for Alternative Service

Sometimes, the biggest impediment to getting a case moving is serving the defendant.  When these efforts prove fruitless, a motion for alternative service is often the most appropriate path.  Below is an example of such a motion. 


- Plaintiff,


- Defendant.

Case No.: C-09-155978 MT

Plaintiff’s Request for Motion for Service by Alternative Method

The Plaintiff, Tameka Jones, by and through her attorneys, Laura G. Zois and Miller & Zois, LLC, moves this Honorable Court to allow service of process upon Defendant, Mary Ann Starsbury, by alternative method and for reasons, states:

  1. That on or about July 20, 2018, a Writ of Summons was issued in the case of Tameka Jones v. Mary Ann Stansbury, Case No: Case No.: C-09-155978 MT by the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Maryland, to the Defendant’s name and address.
  2. That the address for Defendant Mary Ann Stansbury was known to be at 1125 Van Gogh Way, Apt. A, Bel Air, Md 21015, at the time of the incident relating to this case and Plaintiff attempted to serve the Defendant at that address but the package was returned unserved.
  3. That Dangerfeld Investigations, Inc., found the Defendant Stansbury's address was actually 1831 Segelboot Lane West Palm Beach, Florida 33414 (See attached Exhibit A).
  4. That the West Palm Beach County Sheriff’s was employed to serve Defendant at the 1831 Segelboot Lane West Palm Beach, Florida 33414 address but they were unable to serve her. In fact, the Sheriff’s Department was informed that Defendant Stansbury had actually returned to Maryland. (See attached Exhibit B).
  5. Plaintiff's counsel performed an Internet search for the Defendant through Accurint and obtained the Segelboot Lane address.  
  6. The Defendant is required by law to keep her addresses correct with the Motor Vehicle Administration. She is either refusing to pick up their certified mail or are no longer living at the aforementioned addresses.
  7. The Plaintiff has incurred expenses to locate the Defendant.
  8. At the time of the occurrence, the vehicle operated by the Defendant was insured by Electric Insurance. 
  9. The adjuster assigned to this claim is Brian Perry.  
  10. Plaintiff was unable to serve the Defendant at these locations and requested that the Court allow alternative service upon Electric Insurance, the Defendant’s insurance company.
  11. The Defendant’s insurance company is aware of this claim and the lawsuit it has already retained defense counsel.
  12. There would be no prejudice to the Defendant allowing for alternative service to their insurance company.

Under Maryland Rule 3-121(c), the only appropriate path under these circumstances is to allow the plaintiff to serve an employee of Electric Insurance the Writ of Summons and Complaint.   Accordingly, Plaintiff prays this Honorable Court grant an Order allowing service of process upon Defendant, Mary Anne Stansbury, by mailing a copy of the Summons and Complaint to the Defendants' insurance carrier, Electric Insurance, Claims Examiner Brian Perry, at 75 Sam Fonzo Drive, P.O. Box 1030 Beverly Massachusetts 01915, and for such other and further relief this Court deems appropriate.

Respectfully submitted,
Miller & Zois, LLC

Laura G. Zois
1 South St, #2450
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410)760-8922 (Fax)
Attorney for the Plaintiff

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