Legal Language Services is known for its expertise in taking testimony and document production from reluctant witnesses located abroad.
Legal Language offers strategic approaches to obtaining such evidence and maintains a worldwide network of foreign attorneys with practical experience in supporting and defending US evidentiary requests before foreign courts.
Generally speaking, foreign courts are extraordinarily wary of pre-trial discovery of any sort, so they are unwilling to assist litigants if requests are not formulated in a limited and very particular manner. (This is especially true in civil law systems, where the taking of evidence is considered a sovereign function of the court, rather than a practical function of counsel.)
Identifying that limited and very particular manner is our specialty.
LLS’ attorneys and paralegals are globally-recognized experts in transnational litigation, serving as advisors to the Hague Conference on Private International Law in the development and revision of its deskbooks on the Hague Service Convention and Hague Evidence Convention.
We draft and submit requests pursuant to Chapter I of the 1970 Hague Evidence Convention, and we:
Further, LLS provides venues and support personnel (including foreign attorneys, commissioners, consular officers, court reporters, videographers and interpreters) for depositions of cooperative witnesses sought under Chapter II of the Hague Evidence Convention, as well as advice on the propriety of so-called “informal depositions” sought pursuant solely to US rules.
Where the 1970 Hague Evidence Convention is not in effect, Legal Language will assist in gaining testimony by means of letters rogatory or direct application to foreign courts.
Legal Language has experience applying for and serving subpoenas on US nationals and residents located abroad pursuant to 28 USC §1783, and can advise on how such subpoenas should be coordinated with multilateral or bilateral judicial assistance agreements which may be in effect.
LLS has the worldwide contacts and the practical information necessary to determine the cost, time frame and potential pitfalls involved in obtaining evidence.
Call 800-755-5775 to speak with one of our attorneys and explore a strategy for obtaining foreign evidence.
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