Hague Convention

Hague Service Convention
For International legal cases where document translations are needed, there are specific rules in place that are based on the Hague Service Convention.
The Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters governs service of documents abroad for a number of important signatory countries.

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American Language Services has worked on complex international legal cases for over 30 years.  We have the experience and know-how to translate documents correctly and follow the rules in place so your translations are in accordance to the rules specified by the Hague Convention.  We save you time and money by doing the job right the first time and eliminating costly delays and re-filings.

There are 83 Signatory Countries in Total
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Hague Convention Article 5 related to Document Translations
Purpose of Article 5:
Article 5 of the Convention addresses the specific translation requirements.  These rules are in place to ensure consistency and fairness and to make clear to all the legal compliance rules and that they are applied to all countries equally. For more information on Article 5:
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What is an Apostille?
Certification under the terms of the convention is called an Apostille. It is an international certification comparable to a certified /notarized document in domestic law, and normally supplements a local notarization of the document. If the convention applies between two countries, such an apostille is sufficient to certify a documents validity, and removes the need for double-certification, by the originating country and then by the receiving country.

Reasons for an Apostille
The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, the Apostille Convention, or the Apostille Treaty, is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. It specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states.

Apostille Procedures:
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