Service of Process on Evasive Defendants In Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, evasive defendants are served pursuant to Rule 4.6, Puerto Rico Rules of Civil Procedure (“Rule 4.6”) provides as follows:

Service by edicts and publication

(a) The court shall issue an order providing for a summons by publication when the person to be served is outside of Puerto Rico or if in Puerto Rico, cannot be located although pertinent attempts have been made to locate him/her, or when the person goes into hiding to avoid being served, or if it is a foreign corporation with no resident agent, and it is proved to the satisfaction of the court through an affidavit stating the steps taken, and said statement or sworn complaint filed states that justifies the granting of some relief against the person to be served or that said person is the proper party in the suit action.