(a) Any nonresident who is eligible to serve as a trustee under Code Section 53-12-201 may act as a trustee in this state pursuant to the terms of this Code section.
(b) Any nonresident trustee who acts as a trustee in this state shall be deemed to
have consented to service upon the Secretary of State of any summons, notice, or process
in connection with any action or proceeding in the courts of this state growing out
of or based upon any act or failure to act on the part of the trustee unless the trustee
shall designate as the agent for such service some person who may be found and served
with notice, summons, or process in this state by a designation to be filed, from
time to time, in the office of the Secretary of State, giving the name of the agent
and the place in this state where the agent may be found and served.
(c) If a nonresident trustee fails to designate a person who may be found and served
with summons, notice, or process in this state, service of summons, notice, or process
shall be made upon such trustee by serving a copy of the petition or other pleading,
with process attached thereto, on the Secretary of State. The service shall be sufficient service upon such nonresident trustee, provided
that notice of the service and a copy of the petition and process is forthwith sent
by registered or certified mail or statutory overnight delivery by the plaintiff or
the plaintiff's agent to such trustee, in the state where such trustee resides, and
the return receipt is appended to the summons or other process and filed with the
summons, petition, and other papers in the court where the action is pending. The Secretary of State shall charge and collect a fee as set out in Code Section 45-13-26 for service of process on him or her under this Code section.
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