Today's guest author is Pamela Brown, a legal services lawyer in Texas. Many lawyers are asking recently about how to serve process on someone who resides outside of the United States. Ms. Brown has some practical and valuable advice. She says:
Last year, I prepared and disseminated an elaborate step by step guide as to how to properly and practically serve a defendant/respondent residing in Mexico via the Hague Service Convention ("HSC"). I noted then that while the Convention itself provided a rather streamlined process for accomplishing service in its signatory countries, some countries, including Mexico, had essentially disregarded parts of the treaty and required attorneys requesting service of process within their borders to jump through several hoops not contemplated by the Convention as drafted.
Well, I am happy to report that the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law was also keen to the problems associated with some its signatory countries' implementation of the treaty and has been taking some steps to remedy the situation. Fortunately, Mexico is among the countries embracing the Permanent Bureau's recommendations.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.
Pamela M. Brown
Attorney at Law
Bi-National Project on Family Violence
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.
300 S. Texas Blvd.
Weslaco, TX 78596
(956) 968-8823 (fax)