Service of Process Abroad

The most common question I get, aside from “how much is this going to cost?” and “how long will this take?” is this:

“What does the Hague Service Convention require me to serve?”
The quick answer: nothing.

No, really.  The Convention doesn’t require service of anything in particular– it’s a roadmap, rather than a

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Another quirk comes across my desk now and again that seems, on the surface, to be fairly prophylactic.  Realizing that the Hague Request I filed in China months ago will take a while longer to come back, my client petitions the court to extend the Rule 4(m) service

Despite the logo here, I heartily recommend against using Google Translate for legal document translation. It’s awfully handy at gelato stands in Italy, though– especially with the camera function! (Image courtesy of Google, via Wikimedia Commons.)

Last month, I posted that, yes, foreign authorities actually read translated documents— and if