Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. deposition in Belgium.
Have a witness you need to depose in a foreign country? Wondering how you can administer the oath correctly? There are a number of possible solutions available for swearing in a witness outside of the U.S. Our quick and easy infographic provides some practical suggestions based on our extensive experience scheduling depositions abroad.
The Hague Evidence Convention enables U.S. litigants to obtain the testimony of a willing Belgian resident without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Here is the official statement from the U.S. Department of State website about taking voluntary depositions of willing witnesses in Belgium.
We are very excited to unveil our first video from our brand new video series, International Deposition Tips. The entire Optima Juris team will be sharing insider tips, advice, guides, and information about international depositions in these quick and easy-to-view videos. First up we have Optima Juris CEO, Ian Hardy, explaining the first step to setting up a deposition outside the U.S.
Belgium uses the Euro. For more information on currency conversions visit XE. Before you leave, notify your bank, credit card company, or other financial institutions that you are going overseas. Avoid carrying cash and consider using traveler's checks or major credit cards instead (but make sure they are accepted at your destination before departing on your trip).
For the latest weather information in cities throughout Belgium visit weather.com.
Tipping is not common in Belgium. Restaurant and taxi bills include the service charge. Service staff in Belgium are well-paid, in comparsion with those in the USA, and do not rely on tips to make up their income. However, if you are very happy with the service you got, leaving a few Euros (or to round up your bill) as a tip is the way forward, but think of 10% as the maximum to leave (i.e. when you receive exceptional service).
Imagine your reaction if your deposition had to be rescheduled because of a major local holiday when everything was closed. Don’t let that happen to your depo. You can see a complete list of holidays in Belgium here: timeanddate.com/holidays/belgium/.
Check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your trip to Belgium. You can check online resources like the U.S. Department of State Belgium country page or contact the Belgium Embassy or Consulate for current entry requirements. The World Health Organization (WHO) can provide their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.
Antwerp / Deurne, Antwerp International Airport, ANR
Bruges / Ostend, Ostend-Bruges International Airport, OST
Brussels / Zaventem, Brussels Airport, BRU
Brussels / Charleroi, Brussels South Charleroi Airport, CRL