The advancement of technology has made it quick and easy to set up business abroad. Whether business is run from a physical or virtual office, doing business internationally has become the norm. Doing business in a foreign country involves becoming familiar with the laws of the host country. The legal complexities of international trade can be quite challenging, and without proper legal guidance, a business owner may well end up paying penalties and fines, and saddled with legal problems. What does it take to find good legal services abroad?
Areas of expertise
One of the jobs of establishments operating in a foreign country is to find good legal services. Lawyers generally specialize in a particular type of law or other related areas. One attorney may generally work on immigration cases, while another may be a tax specialist. Please note that there are attorneys who only provide advice to their clients and do not represent them in actual court litigation.
General areas of legal practice include: personal injury, criminal law, tax, employment, and family law. It is best to choose a lawyer who specializes in your legal matter and who has a solid grounding in the laws of the host country.
Different types of lawyers
Foreign Legal Consultants they can be classified as lawyers working for international law firms based in foreign countries. These attorneys can advise clients on the requirements and conditions of host country law, but may or may not be licensed to practice law in the country in which they are located. If court representation is needed, an attorney licensed in the country where you work is required.
Attorneys and Lawyers they are specialized lawyers who may be practicing in foreign countries. Lawyers do not generally represent clients in court, but they do advise clients and may put together legal cases for lawyers to take to court.
notaries They usually perform the functions of lawyers, but depending on the country in which they practice, their job description may vary. Notaries can draft property title transfers and wills. In some countries, notaries are appointed by the Ministry of Justice and can act as administrators in estate agreements.
Where to find a lawyer
Finding a lawyer in a foreign country is no longer too complicated. Embassies and consulates abroad in most countries have listings of local attorneys who have expressed a willingness to help citizens of another country. For example, an American in Thailand can go to the US embassy and be provided with a copy of local attorneys willing to help an American citizen.
There are international bar associations with local chapters that could help foreigners with their legal problems. Most of these associations and similar organizations have agreements in place with accredited members in other countries.
Law firms maintain websites. This should make it doubly easy for anyone in need of legal advice to find a qualified attorney through this mode.
Law schools have credible law professors who may be practicing or may know a practicing attorney in their circle. If legal advice and drafts are needed, final year law students could handle these requirements.
Surely local contacts could recommend qualified attorneys to meet one’s legal requirements.
Considerations when selecting an attorney
Before deciding on an attorney, there are several points to consider.
First, it is in your best interest to ask the attorney based on their qualifications and experience. You can consult the lawyer’s strategy and plan to represent you. It’s not rude to ask how much your retainer fees are.
Feel free to ask questions about your case. As your attorney, you are expected to explain each plan and activity in a way that you can understand.
Be very careful when handing over documents and money. Make sure your attorney understands and can address your legal concerns in a way that is satisfactory to you. Take care that the lawyer-client confidentiality clause abroad meets your expectations.
These tips should enable you to find a qualified foreign attorney to handle your legal needs in a proper and pleasant manner.