Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. deposition in South Korea.
We are very excited to unveil our first video from our brand new video series, International Deposition Tips. The entire Optima Juris team will be sharing insider tips, advice, guides, and information about international depositions in these quick and easy-to-view videos. First up we have Optima Juris CEO, Ian Hardy, explaining the first step to setting up a deposition outside the U.S.
Have a witness you need to depose in a foreign country? Wondering how you can administer the oath correctly? There are a number of possible solutions available for swearing in a witness outside of the U.S. Our quick and easy infographic provides some practical suggestions based on our extensive experience scheduling depositions abroad.
Seoul, South Korea has boomed in the last 50 years to become the planet’s 10th most economically robust city and the second largest metropolitan area. With this modern city thriving due to an influx of telecom, it is no surprise that U.S. depositions taking place in Seoul have become more and more frequent.
South Korea uses the South Korean Won. For more information on currency conversions visit XE. Before you leave, notify your bank, credit card company, or other financial institutions that you are going overseas. Avoid carrying cash and consider using traveler's checks or major credit cards instead (but make sure they are accepted at your destination before departing on your trip).
For the latest weather information in cities throughout South Korea visit weather.com.
Tipping is not required nor expected in South Korea. But most major hotels add a compulsory 10% service charge to bills. This is on top of the 10% VAT (which is usually included in prices at most stores in South Korea, but not in some high-end restaurants). Taxi drivers will appreciate it if you tell them to "keep the change" (or jandon gajiseyo in Korean), but they do not expect any reward for their services, and it's pretty much the same for staff in local restaurants as well as hotels. Even porters and bellboys don't expect a tip.
Imagine your reaction if your deposition had to be rescheduled because of a major local holiday when everything was closed. Don’t let that happen to your depo. You can see a complete list of holidays in South Korea here: timeanddate.com/holidays/south-korea/.
Check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your trip to South Korea. You can check online resources like the U.S. Department of State South Korea country page or contact the South Korean Embassy or Consulate for current entry requirements. The World Health Organization (WHO) can provide their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.
Seoul/Incheon, Incheon International Airport, ICN
Gimpo, Gimpo International Airport, GMP
Yangyang, Yangyang International Airport, YNY