§4489. Service of process

Link to law: http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/08/121/04489
Published: 2015

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Title

08

:
Banking and Insurance






Chapter

121

:
FRATERNAL BENEFIT SOCIETIES











 

§

4489. Service of process

(a) Every

society authorized to do business in this State shall appoint in writing the

Secretary of State and each successor in office to be its true and lawful

attorney upon whom all lawful process in any action or proceeding against it

shall be served, and shall agree in the writing that any lawful process against

it which is served on the attorney shall be of the same legal force and

validity as if served upon the society, and that the authority shall continue

in force so long as any liability remains outstanding in this State. Copies of

the appointment, certified by the Secretary of State, shall be deemed

sufficient evidence thereof and shall be admitted in evidence with the same

force and effect as the original thereof might be admitted.

(b) Service may

be made upon the Secretary of State, or if absent, upon the person in charge of

his or her office. It shall be made in duplicate and shall constitute

sufficient service upon the society. When legal process against a society is

served upon the Secretary of State, he or she shall forthwith forward one of

the duplicate copies by registered mail prepaid, directed to the secretary or

corresponding officer.

(c) The service

authorized in this section shall be alternative to and not exclusive of any

other method of service provided by law or by rule. (1959, No. 197, § 29, eff.

Nov. 22, 1959; amended 1971, No. 185 (Adj. Sess.), § 20, eff. March 29, 1972;

2003, No. 70 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. March 1, 2004.)
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