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Legal document, evidence authentication or legalization in China or to be used in China

We are China notarial lawyers. If you want to have your documents,certificates or evidence legalized in China or to be used in China, please contact our attorney for more information.

Documents, certificates or eveidence legalization in China:

1. To have your documents notarized. In China, Pulic Notary is a government agency rather than private legal body. You may be required to provide many supporting certificates, affidavets, license or other documents to apply for a notarization. You should tell the Public Notary which country you will bring the documents to use. We can assist you to complete the procedure, of course.


Protecting your trade secret in China

As a business owner or executive, you want to protect your company’s confidential information so as to prevent it from being used by or to benefit your competition.  This confidential information can be as famous as the heavily-guarded Coca-Cola ? formula, or as discrete as your customer list.  In any event, you need this information protected.

A “trade secret” is defined in China Anti-competition Law, and generally means information that has independent economic value which the company takes reasonable means to keep confidential.  The best thing any company can do is to only disseminate trade secrets to those who have a need to know the information.  For most businesses, their most common trade secret is their customer list.  Thus, you shouldn’t leave it laying around for the janitor to see, nor should you publish it in the form of a comprehensive reference list for the world to view.  Next, your employees and outside vendors and consultants should sign a carefully drafted trade secrets acknowledgement which clearly specifies which information your company deems confidential and what the consequences are of misappropriating that information.  As used above, “carefully drafted” means by an attorney who is familiar with trade secret protection (and we are).


How attorney fees are calculated in China?

What is the Basis for a Legal Fee?

Attorney's fees are generally a matter of agreement between the client and the attorney. There are no recommended fee schedules. While fees vary from attorney to attorney, the basic ingredient is the amount of time spent on a particular problem. Clients are often unaware that the advice given to them in a few minutes or the few pages of a document prepared for them are products of much time and effort by the attorney and often by others in the office such as legal assistants and secretaries.

How We Compute Our Fees?

There are four usual methods of calculating legal fees;

(1) Hourly fee arrangements

(2) Contingency fee arrangements

(3) Flat fee arrangements

(4) Percentage fee arrangements

Hourly Fee Arrangements:

An hourly rate depends on the circumstance of the case and the experience and expertise of the lawyer. Under this arrangement, the client is generally responsible for the out-of-pocket expenses (filing fees, transcripts, sheriff's costs) as well as for the time spent performing the legal work (meetings, research, drafting documents, phone calls).


It's Essential To Retain A China Lawyer To Draft A Non-disclosure Agreement In English

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (also known as a "Confidentiality Agreement") is used when someone with an unpatented idea shows it to another party, and wants that party to maintain as confidential any information he learns about the product as a result of the meeting.

As experienced attoreny practising in China, we have drafted numerous Non-disclosure Agreement in English for our foreign clients. It's essential to enter into such non-disclosure agreement in China, since it will be treated as valid evidence on which your rights when dispute arise during executing the agreement. A non disclosure agreement is an agreement between two individuals or organizations restricting one individual from disclosing company business, proprietary processes or paperwork, or trade secrets, of the business.

The agreement, often called a confidentiality agreement, includes several types of closely held information:

l          Information on the nature of and formulas for patents, copyrights, trademarks and service marks

l          Information on company processes ("the way we do things here")

l          Information on trade secrets- a formula, device, or mechanism, for example - that provides a competitive advantage to a company and which is severely compromised if disclosed.

l          Non-disclosure agreements are used in employment situations to restrict an employee from stealing company secrets, inventions, or proprietary processes.


China Contract Attorney: Essentials on the Making of a Business Contract: The Legal Ties that Bind

The main goal of this law blog is to assist foreigners to do business and solve other issues in China. More than 90 per cent foreigners come to china for business, so it's essential for foreigners to know how to conclude a contract in China. Especially for those owners of a small business, you will probably need to create business contracts as your company grows.

What is a Business Contract?

A business contract is a legally binding agreement between two parties for an exchange of services that are of value. For a contract to be valid, an offer must be made and accepted. Using a contract in business dealings helps ensure an agreement is acted on, insofar as a broken contract could result in a lawsuit or out-of-court settlement and the payment of damages caused by the breach. The best way to avoid a dispute or potential litigation, however, is to craft a solid agreement in which you’re confident you’ve negotiated the best terms for your business.

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