INTERNATIONAL SERVICE OF PROCESS

APS is the gateway to the world for the U.S. legal community.

Don't trust your international service of process request to your local service company! With over 30 years of international experience, APS is highly qualified to handle your legal documents abroad. We have personal relationships with many foreign authorities and we are constantly monitoring changes in procedures and requirements.

APS routinely assists attorneys with worldwide service of process requests under:

If you are not certain which method you should use, email or call us and one of our experienced attorneys or paralegals will assist you. We can also email or fax you current information regarding the service requirements for the country you are interested in.

APS can translate your documents into or from almost any foreign language.  In addition, APS can assist you in preparing responsive affidavits and/or supporting documentation in response to Motions to Quash or Dismiss, if provided with ample time for review and preparation.

Don't take chances or guess when it comes to your international service of process request. Call the "go to" people for international service of process - call APS!

Call APS toll-free at 1-800-328-7171 ext. 709 or 952-831-7776 ext. 709, email intl@civilactiongroup.com
 or send a fax to 1-800-538-5299.

Formal Methods of Service of Process

Hague Service Convention
The Hague Service Convention encompasses about 94 nations and other political units. APS is recognized by member nations as an authority to transmit requests for service abroad. Service is usually completed within 12 to 16 weeks. However, APS does NOT guarantee the performance of foreign governmental officials.

Letters Rogatory
A Letters Rogatory (Letter of Request) encompasses all countries with which the United States has diplomatic relations. This method is used in countries not party to the above conventions. Service is usually completed in 6 to 12 months. However, due to the bureaucracy of foreign governments, it is not uncommon for this period to exceed 12 months.

Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory
The Inter-American Convention and Additional Protocol encompass twelve member countries. APS will process your request for service through the U.S. Department of Justice. Service is usually completed in 6 to 12 months. However, due to the bureaucracy of foreign governments, it is not uncommon for this period to exceed 12 months.

Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act
This method is used when serving process upon a foreign state or instrumentality of a foreign state. Service is effected in compliance with federal statute and is applicable in both state and federal courts. This is the exclusive method of service and must be followed in painstaking detail or service fails. The FSIA allows for various methods of service. Therefore, the time-frame to complete service will depend on the country as well as the methods employed.

Informal Methods of Service of Process

A private process server may only be used in countries where laws do not prohibit this method. Service is usually completed in six to nine weeks and can be expedited for additional fees.

Therefore, these U.S. Courts may not recognize service by personal delivery in countries that are parties to any of the above conventions. FURTHERMORE, informal methods of service may not comply with the notice requirements of the foreign country. Therefore, informal service could render a U.S. judgment unenforceable within the borders of that country.

Caveat: Always approach informal methods with CAUTION! Many courts in the United States feel that an international agreement such as one of the above conventions constitutes an exclusive method of service. APS always recommends compliance with international service conventions or, if not applicable, compliance with rules/laws of the foreign country where service is to be effected.

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