Process Server One will handle your case efficiently and promptly. Service there is made pursuant to the Hague Service Convention. We prepare all the formal request forms for you!
Process Server One serves legal documents in all countries of the world, including International Service of Process in Germany. Depending on your needs, we will serve your legal documents either through the Hague Service Convention, or by other appropriate process service methods, as allowed by law in Germany (see below).
Process Server One specializes in legal service in Germany (including Berlin and Munich) 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 Germany as well as a specific proposal for process service.
Germany is a signatory to The Hague Service Convention (treaty) that governs service of process to be affected between participating nations. Per this treaty, service in Germany may only be made by this method. Germany considers any other method of service a violation of its sovereignty and will prosecute, both civilly and criminally, for any infringement. Service may be made by formal service through the appropriate Central Authority, which itself arranges for service by methods prescribed in that country. Documents to be served in accordance with this method must be translated into the official language, German. The time frame typically ranges from 3 to 4 months due to bureaucratic procedures in Germany (recently 2-3 months).
Advantage: Enforceable judgment.
Disadvantage: The time frame is generally longer than the informal method.
Private process servers may serve documents in most countries. However, this method is NOT available in Germany. The German government can file a civil and criminal action against a foreign entity (including the attorney, plaintiff, and process server) that violates the provisions of the Hague Service Convention.
Germany requires the documents to be translated into the German language. Germany is one of the few countries to require that the Hague request forms also be translated. We offer translation services at rates quoted below.
Service of process*
Informal: Not available
Letters Rogatory: $1500.00 (+ Embassy Fee of $2300.00)
*All fees are per defendant/address
Translation: $0.38 per word (proper nouns not translated)