The Arizona court can direct an alternative method of service of process when other methods become impracticable. While the rule was primarily addressed to the situation when a third party, such as a residential security guard or office receptionist, denies access to the person on whom service is sought, it is not limited in its application to such situations.
An application must be made to the court for authority to employ alternative service and, regardless of the alternative method of service the court authorizes. a copy of the summons, the lawsuit and other ancillary documents must be mailed to the last known business or residential address of the person on whom effective service is sought. We will discuss service by publication in a later blog.