areas of practice
Since 2014, our office has been doing its best to defend foreigners in criminal proceedings.We have defended a lot of innocent people against unreasonable prosecution and have shown the best possible results in cases where our clients had been treated unfairly. We understand the peculiarities of criminal cases involving foreigners and by making sure that foreign suspects are not mistreated during investigation, that there is no lack of interpretation and that everything that the accused person would like to say was properly and accurately transferred during the investigation and trial proceedings, we do everything we can so that the protection of the rights of foreigners is guaranteed.
Ours is one of the few law offices in Korea that fully understands the relationship between the outcome of criminal proceedings and measures of the Immigration Office. We can say what effect on the foreigner’s visa a criminal case will have by predicting its outcome from the initial stage and we do our best to prevent unjust treatment in the Immigration Office because of a criminal case.
Since 2014, our office has handled various cases related to drugs, sex crimes, assaults, injuries, traffic accidents, fraud, etc. At the present time we also mainly deal with cases involving foreigners and have a high level of expertise in this field.
Immigration (VISA, Sojourn, Refugee)
Immigration (Visa, sojourn, refugee)
We have been described as “one of the best immigration law offices in Korea”. We practice immigration law and our experienced lawyers rank amongst the best immigration lawyers in the markets they serve.
Our policy is to deliver the best and most individualized client service and immigration solutions available. Our immigration lawyers make themselves available to clients seven days a week and return client calls and e-mails 365 days a year.
We are a full service immigration office dedicated to helping individuals of all backgrounds, and SMEs, in Korea. We assist major financial organizations, top universities, research institutes, business of all sizes, as well as families and individuals.
International Divorce & Adoption
International divorce & Adoption
Our office gained a high level of professionalism by resolving problems of many foreigners related to Family Law, such as divorces, custody, child support, adoption, child abduction and others. When a foreign client residing in Korea wants to get a divorce, we can say exactly what law (Korean or foreign) is applicable in each case and whether a Korean court can exercise jurisdiction or not. Through such analysis we are trying to give the best possible results to our foreign clients.
Our office has a rich experience in such matters, as we helped our foreign clients resolve over a 100 cases related to divorce and child custody and some quite special cases related to finding the father in Korea, overseas child abduction and others. The overseas child abduction case was handled by us from the very beginning till the end, so we have a particularly high expertise in this area, that not many law offices in Korea can compete with.
Our office has dealt with a lot of inheritance-related cases, where a foreign individual was either an heir or testator, each of which we have successfully resolved.
Firstly, according to Article 49 of Act on Private International Law, inheritance is governed by the law of nationality of the decedent at the time of death, and due to our diverse experience, we possess extensive knowledge and understanding of inheritance laws of many different countries.
Secondly, when a Korean national dies while having children who are foreign nationals, there is usually no record of such children in the Family Relation Certificate. The main problem here is that the heirs are unknown, and apart from that various problems related to the division of inherited property, its registration, etc. can also arise.
Throughout the years and via our know-how our office has always delivered the fastest and most satisfying results to our clients regarding all kinds of inheritance-related issues.
Signature witnessing and notarization
Signature witnessing and notarization
Many legal documents must be witnessed and/or notarized to be considered to have been executed properly. The list of such documents is vast and may include copy of passport, bank statement, will, testament, power of attorney, property deeds, prenuptial agreement, various contracts, affidavit, mortgage agreement, divorce agreement, etc.
Our office can witness their execution and notarize it for you in cases, when the country where the documents are to be submitted is one of the countries where an attorney has the power to notarize documents. There are many such countries, including the UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. In such cases, we attach copies of our certificate of registration and attorney’s identification card to the main document.
We are always willing to do the best we can, and our considerable and unique experience with foreign documents can help you avoid mistakes and pitfalls, and hence save your time and money.
contractsOur office has drafted a number of contracts for foreign clients every day. Our office has reviewed and prepared contracts about a vast range of matters for our foreign clients, such as investment contracts, divorce agreements, lease contracts, franchise agreements etc. In order to create the contracts tailored to the needs of a particular situation of each customer, we communicate with our clients and conduct all the necessary additional work, such as research etc. We do not just draft a perfunctory contact, on the contrary, we strive to create effective contracts that could prevent future conflicts in advance.
International companies that are aiming to take an advantageous position in the Korean market earlier than their competitors have been increasing their investment in South Korea.
Our lawyers have a full spectrum of experience being hard worked with multinational companies of countries including Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Switzerland, and the USA, as well as advising FDIs in Korea.
Our lawyers assist investors in all aspects of market entry, from the early stages of investment planning and choosing the most appropriate place, to regulatory and filing matters, making arrangements with outside agencies, and advising on employment law.
Our lawyers also have various experience in implementing Legal Due Diligence for foreign SMEs.
Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in handling foreign-related civil cases. Based on such experience, we have provided a wide range of legal services for foreign individuals and SME entities.
Our lawyers manage lawsuits and coordinate the necessary procedural steps to ensure clients fully understand the necessary aspects of the process and procedure.
PLO’s attorneys analyze the individual circumstances of the case, the related individuals and entities involved, thereby providing the best possible solutions to clients.
Foreign Direct Investment
Foreign direct investmentSince 2014, our office has helped over a 100 foreign individuals and corporations make investments in Korea. Our office is well-versed in all aspects of foreign direct investment such as procedures for establishing a company in Korea, declaring foreign direct investment, and registering a foreign-invested company and others. Over these years and more than 100 cases of foreign direct investment, we have received nothing but praises for the professionalism and speed of our services from our clients.
Our office also has expertise in applying for visa for foreign investors. Our office can predict whether a foreign investor can apply for a visa depending on the particular business sector, and even in difficult cases we do everything possible for a foreign investor to be issued with a visa.
If you want to establish a company in Korea through foreign investment, please contact our office.
Legal Due Diligence
legal due diligenceSince 2014, our office has performed legal due diligence in over 50 cases, both in Korean and in English. We have experience in performing legal due diligence for various purposes, such as legal due diligence for M&A and legal due diligence for company analysis before investment, etc.
Our office is doing its best to reduce the expenses of clients by carrying out legal due diligence as efficiently as possible within a short period of time. Our lawyers do not just work on the documents in the office, but they visit the companies and conduct an analysis on the spot, thereby providing clients with reliable results.
Ours is one of the leading law offices in South Korea that provides the best results of legal due diligence at the lowest possible cost.