Becoming An RCI Client
General Client Questions
FAQ's About United States Process Service
FAQ's About Asset Search Inquires
FAQ's About Skip Trace Services
On our exclusive "No Locate - No Fee" basis, we provide several different pricing options ranging between a guaranteed 48 hour turnaround to a 90 days timeframe, which would cost considerably less.
Usually in most assignments, you can expect results with a week to three weeks on most files. Sometimes it does take longer depending on the information you have provided and other factors in attempting to find your subject. We do offer an Immediate Search ($1,795.00 results in 48 hours or less), a Rush Search ($995.00 results in 10 days or less) and a Priority Search ($785.00 results in 30 days or less), should your case require the utmost urgency.
The difference between these searches and our Regular Skip Trace Search ($395 results in 90 days or less) is that our disbursements are slightly higher, we put more people on the file and they focus solely on that search. Therefore, there is a better chance to locate your subject in a timelier fashion.
Once again, all our fees are only payable upon the susseccful locate of your subject under this option.
We also have an additional service in which our staff will place priority on your assignment, and work it to completion for a performance fee based pricing, in which you would be responsible for a minimum placement fee vs. a flat locate fee depending upon whether we are able to locate your subject.
Either of these options along with the various prices are listed on our "Skip Trace" page for your review.
FAQ's About International Process Serving
Yes! Regardless of U.S. laws or what a U.S. Court rules regarding sufficiency of service, there are a number of countries which consider service of process (even by mail) within their borders a judicial act, which violates their sovereign jurisdiction. Such countries as the Federal Republic of Germany, Japan, Italy, and Switzerland prohibit, and have penal sanctions against service of civil process which is not made in strict accordance with their civil codes (even on U.S. citizens abroad).
Inadequate service could create some real problems. For example, the plaintiff could encounter foreign penal sanctions when attempts at discovery or execution on foreign assets are made. Also, the U.S. judgment could be unenforceable because of failure to meet foreign requirements. Cure in this case could be impossible if the foreign statute of limitations has run.
"Formal" service is made pursuant to international treaty law or letters rogatory and is made in strict accordance with the laws of the foreign jurisdiction.
"Informal" service occurs when service is made abroad by a private process server placing the Summons & Complaint into the defendant's hands.
Informal service is generally much faster and requires no translation; but it is not allowed in every foreign country.
Motions to quash (dismiss) an informal service are commonplace and occasionally successful in a U.S. Court. Such motions are usually successful in foreign courts (if execution abroad is necessary).
We always advise to avoid informal service except as a supplement to formal service.
The Schlunk case stated that U.S. law did not require treaty procedures in every case to bring a foreign defendant into a U.S. Court. However, the court said these procedures could always be used; and Justice O'Connor said a lawyer who doesn't follow the procedures runs the risk of finding out later that he/she should have. Additionally, the Court stated that where treaty procedures were not used, regardless of what a U.S. Court decided, a U.S. judgment might be unenforceable abroad.
In the real world, a plaintiff's attorney will find that almost 90 percent of foreign defendants can avoid a U.S. judgment in their country if treaty or other formal procedures are not followed. An attorney would be foolish to rely on a thinly capitalized U.S. subsidiary of a foreign defendant to satisfy every plaintiff's judgment.