Congratulations. Your USM94 has arrived and you’ve fulfilled your obligation relative to the Hague Service Convention. Whether you’re a client who has retained us to file an Article 5 Request on your behalf with a foreign government, or you’ve used the Hague Envoy platform, or you’re one of those intrepid do-it-yourself* practitioners who has decided to, well, do it yourself… here’s what comes next:

Wait.

Seriously, that’s all you can do. Now that you’re on file in Beijing or Berlin or Bogota, you’ve done everything possible, and you’ve fulfilled your duty. From here, it’s all in the hands of a foreign sovereign, and it’s absolutely critical that you get out of your American lawyer head (or Canadian lawyer head) and recognize that things just work differently “over there”.

Here are some pertinent posts to offer perspective for you on what’s coming down the pike:

And even above that, know that we’re here for you.

Even when we’re taking the kids to the beach.


* Sure, I’m obviously biased, but I contend that going it alone is usually a bad idea– and even if you get it right, it’s costing you more than you think.