The Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory and Additional Protocol (IACAP) are a pair of international agreements designed to facilitate judicial assistance between countries.
The IACAP provides a mechanism for service of documents by a foreign central authority. Many countries in the South America and Central America are members to the Inter-American Convention and Protocol. When this is the case, a Request Letter is prepared by our agents and sent to the company that the US Department of Justice has hired to be the US Central Authority. Then, the documents are sent to the appropriate courts for service. The entire process can take up to one year or more and as opposed to the Hague Convention on Service, the IACAP do not offer a practical mechanism for the plaintiff to file for default judgement after six months have passed since filig the IACAP request.