(The state is Hawaii, in case it matters.)
The local nonprofit I work with has filed a civil lawsuit against a trust endowment which has stolen/mismanaged our funds. (I am happy to provide sordid details if asked, but they are probably not relevant to the question so I’ll skip for now.)
The founder/chairperson of the trust seems to have sold her home and moved out of state while the wheels of the legal system were moving excruciatingly slowly (thanks, Covid). The only address we have for her is in state, and according to our attorney, who is painfully terse, it is a “bad address.”
I realize our attorney should probably be the one to answer my questions (and I’ve just sent him an email asking), but like I said, he is extremely terse so I don’t know how insightful/detailed a response I am likely to get. Anyway, the questions:
The trust that we are suing maintains its own post office office box. Are the trustees legally required to monitor/respond to mail sent to that address?
The trustees have an attorney of record. Is that attorney required to communicate with his clients and pass on legal documentation related to the case that has been filed in court?
Actually, I did not ask the attorney this, but …
- We do know where the treasurer of the trust is - she has not left town. Presumably she has access to all the details about whether the funds are and authority to disburse them. Is it legally within the realm of possibility that a judge would issue a default judgment, based on lack of response by the trustees or their attorney, and order that the money be turned over to us?