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How to prove a party received a specific letter?

I signed up for a membership service with an HVAC company some time ago, and I've now decided its time to cancel my membership due to lack of use. There isn't a nearby customer center where I live, ...
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Does filling U.S. postal service business reply envelopes with junk incur any legal peril?

Some companies that send junk mail include a "business reply" envelope. This allows the junk mail recipient to send a "reply" through U.S. mail at the originator's expense. In fact these business ...
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Can my apartment complex return packages to sender if they are not picked up?

I am living in California and I have received an email from my apartment complex manager that states that packages not picked up from the mailroom as of Friday will be marked return to sender. Is this ...
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Can I accept a food delivery addressed to my house?

Earlier today the local cookie delivery service knocked on my door with cookies that were already paid for that I did not order. The guy said it was addressed to my townhouse (eg 555 E Cardboard St)....
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Envelope stuffing job advertisements in usa

If an advertisement for a job stuffing envelopes is fraudulent(which i suspect will usually be the case), does that fraud fall under a mail fraud statute? Is that something that the post office is in ...
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What if someone put a non-lethal “bomb” im a package addressed to them to get back at a mail stealing thief

Already I know this is a bad idea. Someone keeps stealing my friends packages that were left on their doorstep. They had the bright idea of rigging a smoke bomb or itching powder bomb or something ...
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Is it legal to send someone a notorized legal document from an address that doesnt belong to them?

I have recently received a legal document from my ex wife from a address that does not belong to her, is this legal in the state of ny?
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Is there any legal standard that USPS first class mail doesn't qualify as legal proof of delivery?

I am currently in dispute/complaint working against Lexus over recall notice that never got delivered to me. At the same mailing address, I have received a recall notice couple years ago without any ...
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Can I take mail that is addressed to me from someone else's mailbox?

Today the United States Postal Service was supposed to deliver a package at my home. When I went to go get it this afternoon, the mail had not yet come. So, I waited a bit and then walked up the road ...
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Why use USPS to Deliver Demand Letter when email is available

A Florida HOA is in breach of contract: the next step is to send a 'demand' letter seeking actionable remedy. There is a history with HOA of using email: is there any compelling reason to send the ...
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Is it legal to send encrypted messages via a post card?

In German law, is it legal to send an encrypted message via a post card? E.g. encrypt a message text on a computer with RSA and print the Base64 hash on the post card and send it. Or is it a ...
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If I poop in a box and mail it to someone, what charges could I face?

NOTE: I want to emphasize that I don't plan on actually doing this. I'm just curious about it because of the idea's sheer absurdity. "Why" is not within the scope of this question. Suppose that ...
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Is it illegal for a family member to withhold an adult's U.S. passport?

In March, my parents and I submitted our passport applications to take a trip. I received my passport at my home. And the Passport office states that my parent’s passports were delivered to their ...
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Who is legally responsible for my lost package?

I ordered a package through AliExpress a few months ago. It has since been lost, and it is impossible to get anyone to take any kind of responsibility. I ordered from AliExpress. Seller is ...
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Misdelivered merchandise — can you legally (if not morally) keep it?

The FTC says: If you receive merchandise that you didn’t order, you have a legal right to keep it as a free gift. However (for example) Maine's website says: A person is guilty of theft if the ...
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Can an owner ban a person from a property when a contract is in place?

Recently I angered the owner of a UPS Store that I have a contract and service agreement with. He canceled my service agreement. He also declared I was banned from the property for life. The problem ...
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Throwing away ex-spouse's mail

Can a husband throw away his separated or divorced wife's mail?
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Is it illegal to send mail through the US Postal Service with a missing or fake return address?

Is this illegal: Let's say someone wants to send a letter to a recipient. But if the sender were to put the correct return address and name on the letter that it likely will be thrown away by the ...
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Is it illegal to throw away the previous tenant's mail?

Say I move into an apartment. And over the next months and years, I keep receiving mail for the previous tenant, whom I do not know. This is understandably annoying. The easiest and most convenient ...
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What is the proper way of handling non-USPS packages for long-gone tenants?

I moved into a rental home around 2 years ago immediately on the heels of a previous tenant. I experienced the usual "mail overlap" period of a few weeks, during which I was happy to pass letters &...
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If I accidentally send a package to the wrong person, is it still my property?

Suppose the following were to happen. I've got a package on my desk. I am planning to send it to person A with intent to give them ownership of it. Instead, by mistake, I send it to person B. Is it ...
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How long am I supposed to keep previous tenant's packages

I live in Nevada, US. I moved into my house 4 months ago and have been receiving packages addressed to my old tenant ever since. The first package arrived about 2 weeks since I moved in (meaning ...
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What is the legal stance of a person who receives misaddressed court documents

Say an address were to recieve repeated traffic citations from security cameras to an individual who does not live at the address. The address on the citation was correct, but the person listed did ...
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When (if ever) is USPS's Certified Mail/Registered Mail/Signature/etc. valid for proof in court?

Something really confuses me about the whole legal aspect of confirming you sent someone mail. USPS has different types of mail (e.g. Certified Mail) for "proving" you sent your mail (e.g. tax ...
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Is it legal for an apartment manager to put advertisement stickers on my mail?

I'm in the US (North Carolina) I live in an apartment complex with 13 separate buildings that house around 700 total residents. The standard way that we receive packages that are too large to go into ...
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Is it legal to ship an envelope of glitter to somebody?

Is it legal to ship an envelope of glitter to somebody (e.g. Ship Your Enemies Glitter)? If it's not, what are the potential penalties?
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Sending dried fruits to Australia through courier

I have sent 1kg of dried fruits as a gift to a friend from New Zealand to Australia. I DECLARED them in customs form when sending parcel through New Zealand post. But now some one now tells me that ...
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Is it really illegal for someone who's not a postman to use a mailslot in the USA?

According to an answer given here "It is illegal for anyone other than the USPS to put mail in someone's mailbox" From https://about.usps.com/news/state-releases/tx/2010/tx_2010_0909.htm By law, a ...
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I accepted a package for a neighbor which damaged my property. Who is responsible?

Imagine I accepted a package for a neighbor. The content of the box (for an example case, let's say it was a strong magnet) damaged some of my possessions. Let's say, I placed the box on my computer ...
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Sending mail to an inmate (USA)

I would like to send a letter to a childhood friend who has ended up in prison. He is turning 30 in a few days. His sentence is 18 years and he's served about 3, I think. I have discussed this with ...
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Village/City Sticker

I have several questions in regard to a citation I just received in the mail. I moved to a Chicago suburb this last year that apparently requires you to pay for a sticker for each car you own. It's ...