Our Costa Rica process server will handle everything for you efficiently and promptly.

Process Server One serves legal documents in all countries of the world, including International Service of Process in Costa Rica. Depending on your needs, we will serve your legal documents either through our international network of private process servers, or by other appropriate process service methods, as allowed by law in Costa Rica (see below).

Process Server One specializes in legal service in Costa Rica and is one of the few firms that handles international service of process and offers competitive rates. Our job is to cut through the bureaucracy in order to get the service completed with as little delay as possible. We’ve developed close working relationships with key individuals in most countries throughout the world.

Process Server One is familiar with laws, customs and current practices in the countries where documents are to be served. With offices in 8 countries, serving major regions around the world, we consistently monitor current events and service strategies. Our business relationships with the judicial authorities in the U.S. Department of State and many countries allow us to have a better understanding of their procedures and requirements.

Why Choose Process Server One?

Our extensive network of both process servers and connections get your documents delivered in a timely manner

We deliver your documents through methods that are accepted in all courts worldwide

We will serve your legal documents anywhere in the world

We provide you with a team of skilled, knowledgeable, diligent and competent international service specialists

We quote firm rates, in advance – with no hidden fees

The following is a summary of the methods available for service in Costa Rica as well as a specific proposal for process service.

FORMAL SERVICE

Costa Rica is now a signer of The Hague Service Convention. We will prepare the formal Hague Service Convention request form to meet the specific requirements of Costa Rica.

The formal method for service of discovery documents (Subpoena, etc.) in Costa Rica is Letters Rogatory.

INFORMAL SERVICE

Private process servers may serve documents in most countries, whether a signer of The Hague Service Convention, or not. Service is normally handled in a manner like methods used in the United States, although completion of the service usually takes longer. Service sometimes may take several weeks but informal service is faster than the formal method. Many process servers who we employ are off-duty police officers or retired government officials who can, in certain cases, exercise their official capacity to complete the service. Since we pay the process server a bonus (at our own expense) for prompt service, the normal delays are usually reduced. Currently, the time frame for the completion of informal service is approximately 2 weeks.

Advantage: The time frame is generally shorter than the formal method.

Disadvantage: Judgment “may” not be enforceable in Costa Rica.

LETTERS ROGATORY

Letters Rogatory (Letter of Request) is used for obtaining evidence or serving pleadings in Costa Rica. They are a request from a court in the United States to a court in a foreign country requesting international judicial assistance related to service of process. This method is time consuming, cumbersome, and should be used only when other options are not available. The use of this method may result in habitual time delays of up to 1 year in the execution of requests. This method should only be used if no treaty is in force or if you are serving a Subpoena.

Advantage: In effect, creates a case in the country where the documents are served and makes judgment enforceable.

Disadvantage: Serious time delays and costs.

TRANSLATIONS

Most countries require the documents to be translated into the official language of the nation where they are to be served. The U.S. State Department recommends translation, but it is not a requirement unless the formal method is used. It is possible, although rare, that a demurer could be filed based upon lack of understanding by the defendant as to the nature and meaning of un-translated documents. It is important that the Defendant understand the nature of the documents. We offer translation services at rates quoted below.

RATES

Service of process*

Informal: $1400.00

Formal: $900.00

Expedited Informal: $2700.00 (within 30 days, guaranteed)

*All fees are per defendant/address

Translation: $0.38 per word (proper nouns not translated)