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Dong or Dollars? The Law and Labour Contracts

Dear Hadrien,

I have been offered a contract to work as a project manager in Ho Chi Minh City and I will earn a little over USD2,000 per month. However, I heard that in Vietnam all amounts in contracts should […]

By |April 18th, 2014|Business, Legal Ease|0 Comments
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Civil Liability in Vietnam: What’s Legal?

Dear Hadrien,

Last week my 12-year-old son caused a small accident at his school. While playing football with the other kids in the schoolyard, he accidentally broke a window of one of the classrooms. Now the school is trying to claim […]

By |March 21st, 2014|Business, Legal Ease|0 Comments
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Thinking of Transferring Savings from Vietnam?

Dear Hadrien,

I am an American citizen living and working in Ho Chi Minh City. I want to know what I should do if the unthinkable happened to me… How can I create a will to ensure that if I die […]

By |February 27th, 2014|Business, Legal Ease|0 Comments
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How to rent an apartment in Vietnam?

Dear Hadrien,
I recently found a job in Ho Chi Minh City! That means that I can finally change my shabby hotel room for a nice place of my own. I heard, however, that it is very complicated for a foreigner to rent an apartment in […]

By |January 3rd, 2014|Business, Legal Ease|2 Comments
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Looking to adopt a Vietnamese baby?

My wife and I are both French citizens and we would like to adopt a Vietnamese baby, however, as my name is not Brad Pitt and as I am unfortunately not married to Angelina Jolie, I expect that the process for us may be […]

By |December 3rd, 2013|Business, Legal Ease|0 Comments
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My company wants to demote me!

I have been working for a Vietnamese company for about a year under a labor contract with a two-year term. Last week, my boss told me that the company is in financial trouble and that they cannot afford paying me my full salary any […]

By |October 30th, 2013|Business, Legal Ease|1 Comment
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Thinking of marrying local?

I’m from the UK. My Vietnamese girlfriend and I are seriously thinking about getting married and looking to get all the paperwork in order. We’re planning to stay in Vietnam. What kind of joint custody / joint property laws would affect us in the unintended event of […]

By |October 25th, 2013|Business, Legal Ease|0 Comments
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Thinking of buying property in Vietnam?

I’m American. I’ve lived here for six years, and am thinking of buying some property in Vietnam. But I’ve been told that foreigners are not allowed to own land. I have some very good Vietnamese friends who I trust enough to put the property […]

By |October 17th, 2013|Business, Legal Ease|2 Comments
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Entering a business venture with a Vietnamese

I’m considering entering a business venture with some Vietnamese colleagues. I’m able to draw up a simple contract in English but am not sure what I need to do to make it legal and binding. Would I have to get it translated? If so, […]

By |October 11th, 2013|Business, Legal Ease|0 Comments
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My landlord wants to break the lease!

Q: I currently have a verbal contract with my landlord that I’d be renting my apartment for one year. I paid 4 months in advance (and I have a receipt), but recently, she told me that she wants to take it back for someone […]

By |October 9th, 2013|Business, Legal Ease|0 Comments