Frequently Asked Questions
HAGUE SERVICE CONVENTION
Q. How do I serve documents in the United States?
A. Two methods are available for serving legal documents in the United States:
1. Formal: Formal service is effected by using The Hague Service Convention and the US
Central Authority. This is advised in all cases.
2. Informal: Informal service can be effected by using Federal Civil Rule 4 governing service of process.
Q. What is a Letter Rogatory?
A. Letter Rogatory is a formal request from a court in one country to "the appropriate
judicial authorities" in another country to effect service of process. Although statutory
authority generally refers to the instrument as a "Letter Rogatory", the terms "Letter
Rogatory" and "Letter of Request" (which is used specifically in the Hague Evidence
Convention) have come to be virtually synonymous in actual practice.