Service of Process in China can be done through Formal Process Service or Informal Process Service. While Formal Process Service is the only legally recognized method of serving process in China under the Hague Convention, Informal Process Service may suffice depending on your needs. Our company offers both options, and you can read on for more information or contact us for details, budget, and strategy.
Formal Process Service in China under the Hague Convention
Formal Process Service in China under the Hague Convention involves following certain procedures prescribed by the convention. China is a signatory to the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extra-Judicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, which means that this is the only way to serve process in China in a way that is legally recognized by China and in many cases, by the client’s jurisdiction as well. To perform formal process service, we need the documents translated into Chinese, along with a case summary and service authority citation from the client’s jurisdiction. It is also recommended to provide as much information as possible about the Subject to be served. Our company can handle the translation and preparation of forms and attachments for a fee. The cost of formal process service, including the Central Authority processing fee, is $555, and the process takes about 3 to 4 months to complete.
Informal Process Service in China
Informal Process Service in China involves personal service by handing the documents directly to the party. Although this type of service of process is not legally recognized in China, it may be suitable for certain situations. We offer this service throughout China and take a photo of the person served with the documents in hand at the time of service. We also gather any relevant information about the subject’s location and try to maintain their good will. Our company is willing to pass on any message or potentially put the client in telephonic contact with the subject on the spot. We can also interview the subject regarding the matter at hand and serve them if necessary.
In conclusion, our company offers two methods of service of process in China: Formal Process Service and Informal Process Service. If you have any questions or wish to discuss details, budget, and strategy, please feel free to contact us.