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1011.  The service may be personal, by delivery to the party or
attorney on whom the service is required to be made, or it may be as
follows:
   (a) If upon an attorney, service may be made at the attorney's
office, by leaving the notice or other papers in an envelope or
package clearly labeled to identify the attorney being served, with a
receptionist or with a person having charge thereof. When there is
no person in the office with whom the notice or papers may be left
for purposes of this subdivision at the time service is to be
effected, service may be made by leaving them between the hours of
nine in the morning and five in the afternoon, in a conspicuous place
in the office, or, if the attorney's office is not open so as to
admit of that service, then service may be made by leaving the notice
or papers at the attorney's residence, with some person of not less
than 18 years of age, if the attorney's residence is in the same
county with his or her office, and, if the attorney's residence is
not known or is not in the same county with his or her office, or
being in the same county it is not open, or a person 18 years of age
or older cannot be found at the attorney's residence, then service
may be made by putting the notice or papers, enclosed in a sealed
envelope, into the post office or a mail box, subpost office,
substation, or mail chute or other like facility regularly maintained
by the Government of the United States directed to the attorney at
his or her office, if known and otherwise to the attorney's
residence, if known. If neither the attorney's office nor residence
is known, service may be made by delivering the notice or papers to
the address of the attorney or party of record as designated on the
court papers, or by delivering the notice or papers to the clerk of
the court, for the attorney.
   (b) If upon a party, service shall be made in the manner
specifically provided in particular cases, or, if no specific
provision is made, service may be made by leaving the notice or other
paper at the party's residence, between the hours of eight in the
morning and six in the evening, with some person of not less than 18
years of age. If at the time of attempted service between those hours
a person 18 years of age or older cannot be found at the party's
residence, the notice or papers may be served by mail. If the party's
residence is not known, then service may be made by delivering the
notice or papers to the clerk of the court, for that party.


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