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Subject 590-7-18 LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS-SERVICE OF PROCESS

Rule 590-7-18-.01 Designated Agents

The Secretary of State or Assistant Corporation Commissioner, by written order, shall designate certain staff members in the Division to accept service of process on behalf of the Secretary of State.

Rule 590-7-18-.02 Receipt of Service

(1) Whenever by statute the Secretary of State is appointed or deemed to have been appointed the agent of any individual or entity for the purpose of service of any process, the Secretary of State may be served by:
(a) Mailing the required documents and fees to the Secretary of State at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 313 West Tower, Atlanta, Georgia 30334;
(b) Delivering the required documents and fees to the address referred to in subparagraph (a) above; or
(c) By electronic transmission in the manner authorized by the Division on its website.

Rule 590-7-18-.03 Processing

(1) Service of process documents filed at the office of the Secretary of State shall be processed in time receipt order. Expedited processing shall not be available for service of process filings.
(2) All requests for service of process on the Secretary of State concerning domestic or foreign limited partnerships shall be accompanied by:
(a) One complete copy for each party to be served, with said copy to include a summons dated and signed by the appropriate Clerk of Court and a complete complaint including civil action number;
(b) A statement identifying the Code section under which the filing is made;
(c) The payment of the fees as required by the Code or listed on the fee schedule published by the Secretary of State; and
(d) Written certification that the plaintiff or his attorney:
1. has forwarded by registered mail such process, service or demand to the last registered office or agent listed on the records of the Secretary of State;
2. that service cannot be effected at such office; and
3. it appears the limited partnership has failed either to maintain a registered office or appoint a registered agent in this State.
(3) The Secretary of State shall issue to the person making the filing:
(a) An acknowledgement of receipt; or
(b) A certificate of filing of documents filed with the Secretary of State.

Rule 590-7-18-.04 Returned Documents

(1) Documents must be complete. The Secretary of State may return any documents that are not complete and appropriate for filing. The returned documents shall be accompanied by a Notice with an explanation of the rejection or any deficiencies and an acknowledgement of the receipt by the Secretary of State of the filing fee.
(2) Correcting deficient filings. The documents may be corrected and returned to the Secretary of State for processing. The filer must attach to the corrected and returned documents a copy of the Notice issued by the Secretary of State. If the documents are returned to the Secretary of State by the applicant within sixty (60) days of the date of the Notice, the filing date will be the date the corrected and completed filing is received by the Secretary of State.
(3) Abandoned filings. If the filing is not returned to and received by the Secretary of State within sixty (60) days of date of the Notice, it will be deemed abandoned and all records pertaining to the filing will be destroyed. A new filing, including the payment of filing fees to the Secretary of State, will be required to complete the filing.

Rule 590-7-18-.05 Fees

All fees, whenever possible, shall be paid by check. Each check shall have the name of the case written on it. Fees are non-refundable once the service documents are filed with the Secretary of State except as provided by statute.