Service of process in Austria may only be properly effected via letter rogatory.
Typically, Letters Rogatory must be “legalized” to prove their authenticity. Austria, however, has waived the legalization requirement, so litigants do not need to submit certified, apostilled documents for service.
Austria has not, however, waived its strict translation requirement. In most countries, litigants may submit a certifed translation of the document to be served done by a qualified translator. In Austria, however, the translation must be done by an Austrian court-certified translator. This can drive the time and cost of translation up to nearly double that of a “normal” German translation.
LLS has significant experience with the execution of letters rogatory for service of process in Austria and will be happy to assist you with your project. Please contact us at 1-800-755-5775 for more information.