Our Hong Kong process server will handle everything for you fast and efficiently.
Process Server One serves legal documents in all countries of the world, including International Service of Process in Hong Kong. Depending on your needs, we will serve your legal documents either through the Hague Service Convention, or through our international network of private process servers, as allowed by law in Hong Kong (see below).
Process Server One specializes in legal service in Hong Kong 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 in order to get the service completed with as little delay as possible. We’ve developed close working relationships with key individuals in most countries throughout the world.
Process Server One is familiar with 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 consistently monitor current events and service strategies. Our business relationships 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 Server One?
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 Hong Kong as well as a specific proposal for process service.
Hong Kong is still transitioning its legal structure from the British system to the Chinese system and they have instituted new procedures for completing service as described below.
Hong Kong is a signatory to The Hague Service Convention (treaty) that governs service of process to be affected between participating nations. Service may be made by formal service through the Central Authority which itself arranges for service by methods prescribed in Hong Kong. Documents to be served in accordance with this method currently require translation into Mandarin Chinese (a change from previous requirement of English language). The time frame can range from 2 to 3 months (recently longer in some cases due to the legal system transition).
Advantage: Enforceable judgment.
Disadvantage: The time frame is generally longer than the informal method.
Officially, Hong Kong forbids service by the informal method since they are a province of mainland China where such service is not allowed. However, our Hong Kong process server (an employee of the government) has legal permission to serve in Hong Kong. Currently, the time frame for the completion of informal service is approximately 1-2 weeks.
Advantage: The time frame is shorter than the formal method.
Disadvantage: Judgment “may” possibly not be enforceable in Hong Kong.
Letters Rogatory is used for obtaining evidence in Hong Kong. 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 7 months to 1 year in the execution of requests. This method should only be used if you are serving a Subpoena or request for evidence.
The translation of service documents is required for formal service but optional for informal service.
Service of process*
Expedited Informal: $2700.00 (within 30 days, guaranteed)
*All fees are per defendant/address
Translation: $0.38 per word (proper nouns not translated)