Thus in this sudden about-face before the new rule was even effective, email service of documents is now just allowed, it is not mandatory. If a lawyer or party wants to get service by email, then he or she should list an email address on pleadings filed with the court. Summarized as follows:
- If an email address is listed on pleadings and/or email is used by the sending party themselves, then that attorney or party consents to the use of email and service by email is valid.
- If an email address is not listed on the filed pleadings OR the party or attorney rescinds permission to use email, then service by email is not valid.
(2) by leaving them in the office of the attorney with the attorney's clerk, or with a person in charge of the office; or if a party is not represented by counsel, by leaving them at the party's residence with a family member of the age of 13 years or upwards;
(3) by depositing them in a United States post office or post office box, enclosed in an envelope, plainly addressed to the attorney at the attorney's business address, or to the party at the party's business address or residence, with postage fully prepaid;
(4) by delivering them to a third-party commercial carrier--including deposit in the carrier's pick-up box or drop off with the carrier's designated contractor--enclosed in a package, plainly addressed to the attorney at the attorney's business address, or to the party at the party's business address or residence, with the delivery charge fully prepaid; or