Italy Process Server
Process Server in Italy
Our Italy process server will handle your case promptly and efficiently.
Process Service Network serves legal documents in all countries of the world, including International Service of Process in Italy. 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 Italy (see below).
Process Service Network specializes in process service in Italy, including Rome. We are one of the few firms that handle international service of process and investigations, and offer competitive rates. Our job is to cut through the bureaucracy and red tape to get the service completed with as little delay as possible. We have been in business since 1978 and have developed close working relationships with key individuals in most countries throughout the world. The founder and CEO of Process Service Network was a Political Science major in college with a focus on international relations and is actively involved in a worldwide organization through which he has developed business and personal relationships in over 80 nations worldwide. He is also an International Circle member of the World Affairs Council and an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (ABA).
Unlike some of our competitors who claim to be experts, we actually are familiar with the 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 stay on top of current events and service strategies. Our personal relationships and close dealings 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 Service Network?
- 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 Italy as well as a specific proposal for process service.
Many countries are signatories to The Hague Service Convention (treaty) that governs service of process to be effected between participating nations; Italy is one of them. Service may be made by formal service through the 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 of the country where the documents will be served. The time frame can range from 3 to 7 months (recently 4 months).
Advantage: Enforceable judgment.
Disadvantage: The time frame is generally longer than the informal method.
Private process servers are now allowed to serve documents in Italy. We use off-duty law enforcement officers to serve defendants there. Typical turnaround time is 1 month (sometimes faster).
Advantage: Faster than formal method
Disadvantage: It is possible that a default judgment could be successfully challenged; cost is higher
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 in Italy if you are serving a Subpoena or other request for records.
Italy requires that the documents to be translated into Italian. 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. We offer translation services at rates quoted below.
Service of process*
|$1475.00 (+ Embassy Fee of $2275.00)|
|*All fees are per defendant/address|
** High rate due to exchange rate
$0.38 per word (proper nouns not translated)
DECLARATIONS: We provide formal declarations on the status of service upon request, as required by your court, at no additional charge. We subscribe to the U.S. Department of State weekly up-dates on international service of process and the Central Intelligence Agency briefings on social conditions abroad and monitor problems in nations that might affect the completion of the service. Estimated time for completion of service is subject to change depending on current conditions.
WARNING: Beware of companies that quote suspiciously low rates. They often come back later with an excuse for an additional charge. Our rates are firm for one address quoted. Other companies are actually brokerage firms or website developers, not process service agencies, who farm out assignments to companies that are not knowledgeable or qualified on international service of process.
DISCLAIMER: The information contained herein is provided for general information only and may not be accurate at the time of service in a particular case or country. Questions involving specific services should be directed to our office. Care should be exercised in choosing the method of service (formal/informal) if eventual enforcement of a U.S. judgment is anticipated in the country where the documents are to be served. No legal advice is intended in the statements contained herein. Assignments for international service of process are accepted on the basis that the assigning law firm has researched all applicable laws. Process Service Network and its agents assume no liability for its actions in the course of any phase of the service of process assignment.
Specializing in International Service and “hard-to-serve” cases
What we will need to get it served:
International Service of Process
- If sending via email: a PDF version of the service documents combined into one (1) file.
- If sending via FedEx, mail, or similar: three (3) copies of the documents to be served.
(Note: all 3 sets can be copies; original documents are not required)
- A letter of instructions advising us the defendant’s name, service address, and requested method of service (i.e. formal or informal).
- Payment for the service fees in U.S. dollars (we will bill you for the translation costs, if translation is required).
A note about copies: Service documents sent to us for domestic assignments are subject to a $.25/page copy fee for large files (100+ pages). Copy fees are waived for international assignments.
Note: We’ve been in business since 1978, so we must be doing it right.