How to sue someone without an address

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    How to sue someone without an address

    My parent has recently hired a contractor for some cement work and roofing work several months ago. He has completed some work, but the vast majority is not finished, and he refuses to meet to discuss the matter, and is now not taking our phone calls. Several thousand dollars was given as downpayment. We want to sue him for the money back, but we do not have his address.

    I have used several public resources to find him (Google, Facebook, Reverse Phone Lookup, County property tax records, and the county public court record website), but to no avail. The contractor seems to have owned several contracting businesses, but all of them (except the one we have) use incorrect/out-of-date/non-existant phone numbers and addresses. There have been several lawsuits against him, and some of the previous lawsuits list him as unknown address, so it looks like he's done this before.

    What we do have is his name, his business's name, and the phone number we used to contact him. Somehow, my parent obtained a driver's license number, though I don't know if it is valid. Is there any way we can sue him and have a reasonable way to collect? We are living in Cleveland, Ohio.

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    Here is another method you can use to try to find his address:

    Send a letter to the US post office at his old address (address it to postmaster) and request the individuals new address under the Freedom of Information Act.

    You can proceed without his address and sue anyway, however you are going to need permission from the court to service him via publication. Generally this means you have to show the court you have tried all available means of obtaining his address without success. Then you will have to publish a notification of suit in a newspaper if allowed.

    Another issue you may have however is collecting the judgement which may be difficult to do if you do not have his address.
    I am not a lawyer, this is not legal advice.


 

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