Our Taipei process server will serve your documents fast and efficiently.

Process Server One 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 Server One specializes in legal service in Taiwan 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 Taiwan as well as a specific proposal for process service.

FORMAL SERVICE

Taiwan is not a signer of The Hague Service Convention. The formal method in Taiwan is Letters Rogatory (see below).

INFORMAL SERVICE

Private process servers may serve documents in most countries, whether a signer of The Hague Service Convention, or not. Service is normally handled in a manner similar to methods used in the United States, although completion of the service usually takes longer. Service sometimes may take several weeks but informal service is much faster than Letters Rogatory. Recently, informal service has taken 2-3 weeks. Fortunately, we have now opened a new office in Taipei. Since we pay the process server a bonus (at our own expense) for prompt service, the normal delays are usually reduced.

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

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.

TRANSLATIONS

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.

RATES

Service of process*

Informal: $1395.00

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