Our St. Maarten process server will serve your documents fast and efficiently. Process Server One serves legal documents globally, including International Service of Process in St. Maarten. Depending on your requirements, we will serve your legal documents via our international network of private process servers, or by other appropriate process service methods, as allowed by law in St. Maarten (see below).

Process Server One specializes in legal service in St. Maarten 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.

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

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 St. Maarten as well as a specific proposal for process service.

FORMAL SERVICE

St. Maarten is not a signer of The Hague Service Convention. The formal method in St. Maarten is Letters Rogatory (see below).

INFORMAL SERVICE

Process Server One may serve documents in most countries, whether a signer of The Hague Service Convention, or not. Service is normally handled in a manner similar to methods used in the United States, although completion of the service usually takes longer. Customs and traditions in St. Maarten tend to lead to a slower pace and less rigid work habits Service sometimes may take several months but informal service is generally much faster than the formal method. Many process servers who we employ are off-duty police officers or other government officials who are able to, 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 shorter than the formal method.

Disadvantage: Judgment “may” not be enforceable in St. Maarten.

LETTERS ROGATORY

Letters Rogatory is used for obtaining evidence or serving pleadings in countries which are not signers of the Hague Service Convention. 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 documents be translated into the official language of the nation 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, 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 the Defendant understand the nature of the documents. We offer translation services at rates quoted below.

RATES

Service of process*

Informal: $1395.00

Letters Rogatory: $1475.00 (+ Embassy Fee of $2275.00)

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

*All fees are per defendant/address

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