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Small Claims Certified Mail Instruction And Return 4-5 - Nebraska
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STATE OF NEBRASKA SMALL CLAIMS CERTIFIED FORM NO. 4:5 Rev. 6/02 MAIL INSTRUCTION AND RETURN Neb. Rev. Stat. 25-2804(3) NOTICE TO PLAINTIFF: Notice shall be served on each defendant not less than five days before the time set for hearing. Proper service on the defendant is essential, without it your lawsuit will be dismissed. Since you have chosen to have your s mall claims claim served upon the defendant by certified mail, you should follow these instructions. 1. Place a copy of your claim and a copy of the court=s informational brochure, A Guide to Small Claims Court, in an envelope of sufficient size, addressed to the defendant and take it to a United States Post Office. 2. Inform the postal clerk that you want the letter mailed by Certified Mail - Restricted Delivery - Return Receipt Requested. (Although Restricted Delivery is not required by statute, most judges will require proof of service upon the actual defendant, as opposed to just any person at the defendant=s address, prior to entering a default judgment against the defendant if he or she does not appear at the scheduled hearing.) 3. You will be charged: a. Posta ge $ .37 b. Certified Mail $ 2.30 c. Restricted Delivery $ 3.50 d. Return Receipt Requested $ 1.75 Total: $ 7.92 4. They will give you Form 3800, Receipt for Certified Mail. Enter the address of the defendant on the top portion of the receipt, then detach the label with the certified number and place it on the letter above the address and to the right of the return address. 5. Write Restricted Delivery and Return Receipt Requested on the face of the envelope. 6. Give it to the postal clerk who will check it over, collect your fees and return a copy of Form 3800 to you which will be your proof of certified mailing. 7. Once the certified mail is delivered to the defendant, the postal clerk will send you a returned receipt showing the defendant=s signature. This is your proof of personal service on the defendant. 8. If the mail is not delivered, the postal clerk will leave a notice of certified mail at the defendant=s address. If, after five days, the mail is not called for, a final notice is issued. The mail will be returned to you 15 days after the first unsuccessful delivery attempt. 9. Proper service on the defendant is essential. If you are unsuccessful, you will have to begin the service process all over again. RETURN INSTRUCTIONS: Complete the following, then attach the certified mail green card and green/white receipt on opposite sides of the top of this document and return it to the clerk of the court no later than five days prior to the trial date. I acknowledge that a copy of the small claims complaint was mailed to each defendant by certified mail, return receipt requested. Plaintiff: Defendant: Case Number: Trial Date: 1. Certified mail was mailed on 2. Return receipt was signed on 3. Certified mail was returned unsigned on 4. Postage $ Plaintiff=s Signature These written instructions are prepared by the State Court Administrator in accordance with the provisions of Neb. Rev. Stat. 25-2804(3).