While serving process can be pretty straightforward, it can also get complicated. If this notion is true for serving lawsuits domestically in the United States, it is even more applicable when serving a foreign defendant abroad. If you need to file a lawsuit against a party in China, know that serving process in this nation must comply with the requirements of the Hague Service Convention (“HSC”) irrespective of whether the case is heard in an American court. That being said, the process is not even as simple as the expressed requirements under the HSC. Indeed, where in China the defendant resides is equally as important. Specifically, if the defendant is in Hong Kong, the options under the HSC are different than the rest of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”). Consequently, while serving a defendant in Hong Kong requires a more thoughtful analysis, the process is also easier, faster, and more likely to allow for the enforceability of a judgment.
When it comes to serving a defendant in the PRC that is not Hong Kong, the following method must be strictly followed:
If you need to file a lawsuit against a foreign defendant in China, do not try to navigate the complicated process on your own. Our team at Ancillary Legal knows how to properly handle international service of process so that you can focus on the substantive issues of your case. Contact us today.