Top 100 Korean Lawyers & Legal Consultants in Korea

Sean Hayes, head of the Top Korean Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year was rated by LawAsia, one of the leading peer-reviewed publications in Asia, as a Top 100 Lawyer in Korea. Sean Hayes is one of the only non-Korean attorneys on this Korean Lawyer “A-list” and the only non-Korean that was on the list each year the list was published. Sean Hayes is the first non-Korean attorney to have worked for the Korean court system (Constitutional Court of

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Korean Inheritance Law on Registration of Inheritances in Korea

My friends at The Korean Tax Blog have an excellent post called Your Complete Guide to Estate Registration in Korea. The accounting firm at the Korean Tax Blog assists IPG Legal in all inheritance tax matters. For more information on Korean Inheritance Law please see: Who Inherits What, When, and How in Korea?, Renouncing an Estate in Korea and Korean Legal Reserve of Inheritance. The article, notes, in part tips for a successful inheritance. The article notes that for a

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Renouncing an Estate/Inheritance under Korean Law

A typical matter of a party renouncing an estate in Korea commences when a family member in Korea requests the waiver/disclaimer of the right to a Korean inheritance. In some cases, this request is for nefarious reasons. A typical, situation involves the estate of a Korean national decadent with non-Korean family abroad. The estate, often, includes assets in Korea and sometimes abroad. The Korean-based family, often, requests the non-Korean based family to sign a power of attorney or a document

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Legal Reserve of Inheritance for an Estate in Korea

Korea’s Legal Reserve of Inheritance/mandatory share of inheritance (유류분/遺留分) is a specific portion of an inheritance given to heirs notwithstanding the will. Therefore, for example, even if the will notes that a certain estranged child shall not receive any of the inheritance, Korean Law imposes a mandatory share of the estate for this heir. Therefore, the deceased is forced by Korean law to provide a certain percentage of the estate to all legal heirs under Korea’s Inheritance Reserve Law. For an article

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Punishment in Korea for Not Paying Korean Child Support

Korea has legal tools in place to punish a person who refuses to pay child support. We advise, if you have a child support order to not sit on your rights, and if payment is not made, consult an attorney and get the process moving in order to enforce your rights. If you have not been awarded child support it is advisable to read the following article: Korean Child Support Basics explained by IPG Legal and Calculating Child Support in

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Can Foreigners without Marriages Registered in Korea Divorce in Korea?

Expats without a marriage registered in Korea, can, typically, divorce in Korea. If a marriage is registered in a country recognized by the government of the Republic of Korea, the Korean Family Court shall, normally, consider the marriage a valid marriage in Korea. Exceptions exist for marriages against public policy (e.g. plural marriages and marriages with a minor). Additionally, Korea’s Act on Private International Law allows for a divorce in Korea if the family relationship or the dispute leading to

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Does Korea have Common Law Marriage?: Korean Common Law Marriage (De Facto Marriage) Basics

While the concept of a Korean Common Law Marriage (since Korea has no concept of a Common Law) does not exist, Korea has a similar law to the laws, in parts of the United States and other common law countries, often referred to as Common Law marriage. FYI – few U.S. States recognize common law marriage. In Korea, the concept of Common Law Marriage is referred to as De Facto Marriage. In Korea, all “legal marriages” are marriages that are

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Divorce Lawyers in South Korea

IPG Legal attorneys handled divorces, child custody, Hague child abduction cases, and asset division cases for foreigners residing in Korea and abroad for over two decades. IPG is one of the most experienced law firms working with expats in Korea and we are the go-to choice for U.S. and European Family Law Attorneys wishing to work on custody, Hague child abduction, asset division, and divorce issues internationally with respected counsel in Korea. Our firm is one of the only firms,

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Getting a Divorce in South Korea as a Foreigner (Korean Divorce Law)

Seeking a Korean divorce and navigating the Korean legal system can be emotionally challenging, even more so if you’re a foreigner in Korea. IPG Legal has assisted numerous foreigners and local Korean clients at the Seoul Family Court and other courts in Korea in order to obtain a divorce for foreigners in Korea. We have, also, handled numerous child custody, Hague Abduction Treaty, asset division, and abduction cases for clients living in Korea or residing abroad. There are several things

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Appointment of a Guardian in Korea

Those abroad or in Korea frequently struggle to comprehend how to safeguard their elderly parents, or family members who are residing in Korea. Don’t fret, a system is in place in Korea to assist families in need. Korean Guardianship Law was revised to meet the growing need for guardians in Korea. For a list of the type of Guardians in Korea please see: The Formalities under the Guardian Law of Korea The need for adult guardianship among seniors residing in

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