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Questions and answers

In this section, we would like to familiarise you with the client-lawyer relationship between you as the client and us as your lawyer. If you have a legal problem, preparing thoroughly before talking to your lawyer saves time and money. We’d like to help you with that.

Do I need a lawyer?

You should ask yourself this question as early on as possible. If a lawyer is brought in too late, a greater amount of work is generally required and, as a result, the costs are higher. At worst, you may lose your rights due to missed deadlines.

In Switzerland, a lawyer is not compulsory. This means that you are not obliged to have yourself represented by a lawyer in court. In principle, every person can and may represent themselves in their own matter in court and make submissions; different rules may apply to a criminal trial.

However, it is often worthwhile considering enlisting the assistance of a lawyer given the strict, formalised court procedures. If you are not sure, contact us and we will provide you with an initial appraisal.

How much does a lawyer cost?

We calculate our fees bases on hours worked. All time spent in connection with a case is invoiced (e.g. to write letters and legal statements, make telephone calls, write emails, travel to external appointments and court hearings, etc.). Clients can request information about the costs incurred at any time.

What if I can’t afford a lawyer?

If you do not have the financial means to pay court costs and legal fees, you have the right to legal aid free of charge. You or a lawyer can apply to the responsible government authority in writing for this legal aid. However, it should be noted that free legal aid and legal representation are only granted if proceedings need to be initiated that actually offer you a prospect of success.

How can I prepare for an interview?

If you have a legal problem, preparing thoroughly before talking to your lawyer saves time and money. In addition, your legal representative can get on with their actual work – safeguarding your interests – sooner. Our checklist can help you prepare (without guarantee).

What information is required for an initial consultation?

Fill out the necessary personal details in the following form.

Still have questions?
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