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Legal assistance 2019-08-16T14:42:50+00:00

legal assistance

Need a ‘free’ lawyer? Don’t forget your insurance!

Few people realise that they can engage a lawyer for free through their insurance.

Legal assistance may be covered by a separate policy (legal assistance insurance) or as an optional form of cover with car insurance, family insurance, fire insurance, business insurance and so on.

For example, if you are summoned to appear before the police court for a traffic offence, it’s worth bearing in mind that your car insurance usually allows you to choose a lawyer, with all costs covered by the policy.

If you’re the victim of a crime, you may be entitled to a free lawyer. What’s more, some policies will even cover you if the perpetrator turns out to be incapable of paying compensation. It may therefore be worth seeking a compensation award from the court even if you think it can’t be enforced.

Your family policy may also pay your legal costs if you’ve caused damage to a third party.

In certain cases, someone charged with breaking the law unintentionally can claim the services of a lawyer free of charge. Someone charged with an intentional offence may sometimes qualify for legal assistance, although many policies make this conditional on a subsequent acquittal.

If you arrange a separate legal assistance insurance policy, there are many more situations in which you can engage a lawyer, such as for contractual, fiscal, social law, labour law, family, administrative, disciplinary or other disputes.

Each policy must be examined individually. Don’t be too quick to assume that you don’t qualify. We’ll be happy to take a look at your policy with you.

 

How much will a lawyer cost?

In any case, don’t be put off by the potential cost if you have legal problems. Consulting a lawyer on time will prevent you from running into worse problems and hence greater expense.

We attach great importance to communicating clearly about our fees, and will explain them to you once we understand the nature of your case. We don’t work with fixed rates: our fees can depend on all kinds of factors, such as the complexity of the case, its urgency, the degree of specialisation or the amount in dispute. Sometimes we can also agree a fixed fee or conclude an annual contract – the latter is common with businesses that have several cases ongoing. After an initial meeting we will send you a quotation.

In addition to fees for our services, our bills also include disbursements. Moreover, since 1 January 2014, lawyers have been obliged to charge VAT.

We will be happy to make fair and proper arrangements with you about this, so that we can then fully concentrate on our work for you.

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