Process Server in Taiwan
Taiwan process server will handle everything for you. Process Service Network serves legal documents in all countries of the world, including International Service of Process in Taiwan. Depending on your needs, we will serve your legal documents either through our international network of private process servers, or by other appropriate process service methods, as allowed by law in Taiwan (see below).
Process Service Network specializes in legal service in Taiwan (including Taipei) and is one of the few firms that handles international service of process and offers competitive rates. Our job is to cut through the bureaucracy and red tape to get the service completed with as little delay as possible. We have been in business since 1978 and have developed close working relationships with key individuals in most countries throughout the world. The founder and CEO of Process Service Network was a Political Science major in college with a focus on international relations and is actively involved in a worldwide organization through which he has developed business and personal relationships in over 80 nations worldwide. He is also an International Circle member of the World Affairs Council and an Associate Member of the American Bar Association (ABA). He has personally served numerous documents in Taiwan and is fully familiar with the procedures there. In addition, we have an office in Taipei and all services are handled out of that office.
Unlike some of our competitors who claim to be experts, we actually are familiar with the laws, customs and current practices in the countries where documents are to be served. With offices in 8 countries, serving major regions around the world, we stay on top of current events and service strategies. Our personal relationships and close dealings with the judicial authorities in the U.S. Department of State and many countries allow us to have a better understanding of their procedures and requirements.
Why Choose Process Service Network?
- Our extensive network of both process servers and connections get your documents delivered in a timely manner
- We deliver your documents through methods that are accepted in all courts worldwide
- We will serve your legal documents anywhere in the world
- We provide you with a team of skilled, knowledgeable, diligent and competent international service specialists
- We quote firm rates, in advance – with no hidden fees
The following is a summary of the methods available for service in Taiwan as well as a specific proposal for process service.
Taiwan is not a signer of The Hague Service Convention. The formal method in Taiwan is Letters Rogatory (see below).
Private process servers may serve documents in Taiwan. Service is normally handled in a manner similar to methods used in the United States. Service sometimes may take several weeks, depending on the availability of the defendant, but informal service is much faster than Letters Rogatory. Recently, informal service has taken 1-2 weeks. Fortunately, we have now opened a new office in Taipei. Since we pay the process servers a bonus (at our own expense) for prompt service, the normal delays are usually eliminated.
Regarding the situation where a foreign corporation sues a Taiwan defendant in a foreign court: in the event the Taiwan defendant appears in the foreign court to defend itself after being served through personal service through an agent and subsequently loses the case, the foreign court judgment generally can be enforced against the Taiwan defendant in Taiwan through the Taiwan courts, provided other conditions are met.
However, if the Taiwan defendant does not defend itself in the foreign court and a summary judgment by the foreign court is entered against it (and the Taiwan defendant was served through an agent rather than through judicial assistance), generally it will not be possible to enforce the foreign summary judgment against the Taiwan defendant in Taiwan through the Taiwan courts based on Taiwan civil procedure requirements.
Currently, the time frame for the completion of informal service is approximately 1 week.
Advantage: The time frame is shorter than the formal method.
Disadvantage: Judgment “may” not be enforceable in Taiwan.
Letters Rogatory is used for obtaining evidence or serving pleadings in countries which are not signers of the Hague Service Convention. They are a request from a court in the United States to a court in a foreign country requesting international judicial assistance related to service of process. This method is time consuming, cumbersome, and should be used only when other options are not available. The use of this method may result in habitual time delays of up to 1 year in the execution of requests. This method should only be used if no treaty is in force or if you are serving a Subpoena.
Advantage: In effect, creates a case in the country where the documents are served and makes judgment enforceable.
Disadvantage: Serious time delays and costs.
Most countries require the documents to be translated into the official language of the nation where they are to be served (in this case, Mandarin Chinese). The U.S. State Department recommends translation, but it is not a requirement unless the formal method is used. It is possible, although rare, that a demurer could be filed based upon lack of understanding by the defendant as to the nature and meaning of un-translated documents. It is important that the Defendant understand the nature of the documents. We offer translation services at rates quoted below.
|Letters Rogatory||$1475.00 (+ Embassy Fee of $2275.00)|
|Expedited Informal||$2700.00 (within 30 days, guaranteed)|
|*All fees are per defendant/address|
|Translation||$0.38 per word (proper nouns not translated) Mandarin Chinese|
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE OF PROCESS MAP: TAIWAN
Local Office in Taiwan
Our office in Taiwan is located at:
30 Ta Cheng St.
Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.
(Note: Do NOT send or mail anything to this address as we cannot receive mail or courier deliveries there. All correspondence must go to our main California office, at the address listed below.)
DECLARATIONS: We provide formal declarations on the status of service upon request, as required by your court, at no additional charge. We subscribe to the U.S. Department of State weekly up-dates on international service of process and the Central Intelligence Agency briefings on social conditions abroad and monitor problems in nations that might affect the completion of the service. Estimated time for completion of service is subject to change depending on current conditions.
WARNING: Beware of companies that quote suspiciously low rates. They often come back later with an excuse for an additional charge. Our rates are firm for one address quoted. Other companies are actually brokerage firms or website developers, not process service agencies, who farm out assignments to companies that are not knowledgeable or qualified on international service of process.
DISCLAIMER: The information contained herein is provided for general information only and may not be accurate at the time of service in a particular case or country. Questions involving specific services should be directed to our office. Care should be exercised in choosing the method of service (formal/informal) if eventual enforcement of a U.S. judgment is anticipated in the country where the documents are to be served. No legal advice is intended in the statements contained herein. Assignments for international service of process are accepted on the basis that the assigning law firm has researched all applicable laws. Process Service Network and its agents assume no liability for its actions in the course of any phase of the service of process assignment.
Specializing in International Service and “hard-to-serve” cases
What we will need to get it served:
International Service of Process
- If sending via email: a PDF version of the service documents combined into one (1) file.
- If sending via FedEx, mail, or similar: three (3)copies of the documents to be served.
(Note: all 3 sets can be copies; original documents are not required)
- A letter of instructions advising us the defendant’s name, service address, and requested method of service (i.e. formal or informal).
- Payment for the service fees in U.S. dollars (we will bill you for the translation costs, if translation is required).
Domestic (United States) Service of Process
- If sending via email: a PDF version of the service documents combined into one (1) file.
- If sending via FedEx, mail, or similar: two (2) copies of the documents to be served.
(Note: both sets can be copies; original documents are not required)
- A letter of instructions advising us the defendant’s name and service address.
- Payment for the service fees in U.S. dollars.
A note about copies: Service documents sent to us for domestic assignments are subject to a $.25/page copy fee for large files (100+ pages). Copy fees are waived for international assignments.
Note: We’ve been in business since 1978, so we must be doing it right.