Inquiry on notarization of will made out of China

The following is an inquiry I receive from a HK lawyer regarding notarization of wills. As it may be a general issue among people living outside China mainland, I publish the question and answer here for your reference.

Dear Sirs,

I am a Hong Kong solicitor. I have a client who want to make a will in Hong Kong but she has property in Shanghai.
I will write a will for her.…

China Supreme Court issued the third judicial interpretation on application of Marriage Law

August 12, 2011, China Supreme Court issued its third judicial interpretation on the application of China Marriage Law, further clarifying rules in dividing marital properties upon divorce. While it is most relevant to Chinese citizens, it will be increasingly relevant to foreigners as more and more cross-border marriages take place in China and more and…

Getting divorced outside China

We are talking about divorces where the parties get married in China, or one party is a Chinese national or the marital properties (for instance a house or apartment) locate in China, or otherwise a China element is involved. Such foreign-related divorces are very complicated matter when they have to be solved in court. Since a China element is involved, it will…

Inherit/succeed to real estate in China

With the development of internationalization of China, it has saw steady rise in the number of cases where foreigners seek to inherit real estate properties located in China. As it is a cross-border issue, it may vex foreigners because of the complicated legal formalities that you need to go through in order to be able to succeed to the apartment/house in China.…

what if your spouse buys a house for his or her lover/mistress?

A foreign woman recently approached me for advice on her situation: she came to Shanghai with his husband who was an executive of internatinal company. She recently found out her husband is having an affair with a Chinese girl. What is more, she also discovered that her husband had spent a big sum of money on purchasing a luxury apartment the title of which is registered…

Tort liabilities relating to employment-take domestic workers as illustration

In Shanghai, there are basically two ways of hiring an Ayi from market. (1) you find the Ayi by yourself or through a friend and you pay her directly and thus establish an employment relationship with the Ayi; (2) you hire the housekeeping/babysitting service from a company or firm in the market and the company sends their staff to your house but you pay the company…