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Old 24-01-2011, 14:44   #76
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Having been cruising outside the USA for a decade, I have received two jury duty notices and a simple phone call by my sister to the clerk of the court removed them and put me on the "can not serve" list as I am not there. If you take care of the problem promptly, it goes away promptly. Having a "trusted person" back "at home" is a major plus in solving such problems be they Jury Duty or IRS or whatever.
- - Problems arise when you maintain a USA drivers license and or renew it. The Jury Duty lists are taken from the drivers licenses. The original idea was fellow voters were your peers - but then voter registration drastically declined as folks could not or did not want to "serve." So most States shifted to the driver license lists. If you don't have a drivers license it is highly unlikely that they know you exist.

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Old 24-01-2011, 15:29   #77
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Just pointing out that this is all well and good when you can get mail and communicate. I've spent months far from any possible mail (San Blas Islands of Panama), and the only link to home was via slow email over Iridium (for me) or SSB (for others). No land line phones either. Other places I've been, like Colombia, you could theoretically get a FedEx package, and I did once, but the close to $100 charge for a small box turned me off of that idea. Lots of other folks had their packages stolen. The only realistic way to receive messages there was via the Internet or have someone fly down with it, but there are plenty of cafes and Wifi for access. Just saying that a mail forwarding service is great if you are someplace with reliable mail, but that does not include large parts of the world. I think the better program is to have the trusted person with the power of attorney to take care of these important things that might crop up.

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