Personal Jurisdiction

Personal jurisdiction means the ability of a court having subject matter jurisdiction to exercise power over a particular defendant or item of property.  There are three types of personal jurisdiction such as In Personam Jurisdiction, In Rem Jurisdiction and Quasi-in-rem Jurisdiction.  To determine whether the courts have personal jurisdiction to entertain a matter before it, state courts have adopted various factors and tests.  These tests vary from state to state and have also changed within individual states over time.


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