Because it is not viewed as a sovereign nation, Taiwan, or the Republic of China, cannot sign treaties. Accordingly, the Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, also called the Hague Service Convention, does not apply.

Instead, service in Taiwan may be effected via a Letter Rogatory, local counsel, or mail. The difficulty comes in determining which mode of service will best serve your needs.

Translation Requirements

When serving process in Taiwan all documents (including the Letter Rogatory if that is the chosen method of service) must be translated into traditional Chinese. It is very important that your translation be in traditional and not simplified Chinese, which is a product of Chairman Mao’s cultural revolution and may consequently be viewed as an insult in Taiwan.

Available Methods of Service

There are several different methods available for serving process in Taiwan. LLS can help you determine the correct method of service for your case.

Option 1: Letter Rogatory

Option 2: Local Counsel

Option 3: Mail Service

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LLS Can Help

LLS can assist you with service and can help you understand and meet the translation requirements for service of process in Taiwan. Please call 1-800-755-5775 for more information.