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Ask a Chinese Lawyer's Innovative Virtual Legal Services Model Offers Promise for Western Businesses in China.

Risk and reward is a cliché with bite when it comes to doing business in China. Ask a Chinese Lawyer aims to level the playing field in favor of Western businesses.

A new legal services organization, Ask a Chinese Lawyer (, is offering fast, free legal advice to small and medium-sized businesses that might otherwise have to go without professional assistance. While trade between China and the rest of the world has increased exponentially, access to reliable legal and business support has not kept pace. Ask a Chinese Lawyer provides Western SMEs with an effective, accessible solution to properly address their legal concerns and realize their China-oriented ambitions.

“The legal and business services sector in Mainland China is extremely opaque,” stated C. George Nicholas, Legal Coordinator and co-founder of Ask a Chinese Lawyer. “On one hand we have huge international firms charging exorbitant fees for mediocre service and on the other small, local consultancies staffed by young, underqualified people dishing out the same cookie-cutter advice to every client.”    

As the China market continues to mature, opportunities for smaller enterprises have greatly expanded with SMEs now present in virtual every major sector. “Many Western companies see entering China as their destiny, but without a good plan built on sound advice, it is sure to be a bumpy road for a lot of them,” says Flora Huang, Chinese lawyer and co-founder of Ask a Chinese Lawyer. “Knowing who to trust is a huge problem, especially for smaller organizations who think they can’t afford professional legal advice. For example, they might choose to forgo proper due diligence only to have a major deal fall through at the hands of a dishonest business partner. This kind of experience can be just devastating for a small business.”

“Ask a Chinese Lawyer is part business and part public service,” Joey Yang, a member of the Ask a Chinese Lawyer team explains. “We’ve made a commitment to the public to answer every question we receive to the best of our ability. If they might benefit from a service we offer, we’ll let them know, but there’s no pressure to work with us. The fact that many website users do in fact end up working with us is just proof of our overall commitment to quality and professionalism in an otherwise really treacherous market."

  • About Ask a Chinese Lawyer

Founded by Flora Huang ( and C. George Nicholas in October 2013, Ask a Chinese Lawyer is a pioneering web-based question and answer portal designed to assist small and medium sized businesses access high-quality legal advice on China law related issues, ( Free to use and run by a team of experienced, licensed Shanghai-based Chinese lawyers, Ask a Chinese Lawyer aims to become a leading force in developing the virtual legal services market in Mainland China.

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