Does the certificate of service of a reply to a complaint have to be signed to be valid? 6 Answers as of November 06, 2013

I sued someone (civil) and they responded with an answer but did not sign the certificate of service nor did they swear to the answers. There was a place for them to sign but they left it blank. They did not send it registered mail. Is it invalid?

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Durham Jones & Pinegar | Erven Nelson
In most states, filing an answer is sufficient to prove that service was accomplished.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 11/6/2013
Peters Law, PLLC
Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
Probably. It sounds like a ministerial problem.
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 11/6/2013
Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, P.C. | James E. Reed
Generally, an answer subjects the party filing the answer to the jurisdication of the court just as if the party had been served with the summons. So, absent something unusual, the defendant has, in essence, been served.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 11/6/2013
Stuart P Gelberg
Stuart P Gelberg | Stuart P Gelberg
The cert of service needs to be sworn to and signed. The Answer doesn't have to verified unless the complaint was.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 11/1/2013
Law Offices of Frances Headley | Frances Headley
If they filed an answer you need not worry about service as their answer waives any defects there might have been in the service.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/1/2013
    Harper Law Offices, Inc. P.S.
    Harper Law Offices, Inc. P.S. | Joseph T. G. Harper
    Only attorney's can certify service. The party should have submitted a declaration or affidavit of service. That does have to be signed. The answer/response has to be signed as well. The civil rules of procedure requires, generally under rule 11, that documents be signed affirming they are true and accurate.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/1/2013
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