The advancement of technology has made it quick and easy to establish business abroad. Whether the business is run from a physical or virtual office, doing business internationally has become the norm. Doing business in a foreign country means familiarizing yourself 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 troubles. 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 lawyers who only provide advice to their clients and do not represent them in actual court disputes.

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 one’s legal matter and who has a solid background in the laws of the host country.

Different types of lawyers

Foreign Legal Consultants They may be classified as lawyers working for international law firms based in foreign countries. These lawyers can advise clients on the requirements and conditions of the law of the host country, but may or may not be licensed to practice law in the country in which they are located. If judicial representation is needed, an attorney licensed in the country where you work is required.

Solicitors and Lawyers they are specialized lawyers who may be practicing in foreign countries. Lawyers generally do not represent clients in court, but do advise them and can put together legal cases for the lawyers to take to court.

notaries They usually act as 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

Searching for a lawyer in a foreign country is no longer too complicated. The embassies and consulates abroad of most countries have listings of local lawyers who have expressed their willingness to help the citizens of another country. For example, an American in Thailand can go to the US embassy and be provided with a copy of local lawyers willing to help a US 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 permanent agreements with accredited members in other countries.

Law firms maintain websites. This should make it doubly easy for anyone who needs legal advice to find a qualified lawyer through this mode.

Law schools have credible law professors who may be practicing or may know a practicing lawyer in their circle. If legal advice and drafts are needed, senior law students could handle these requirements.

Surely local contacts could recommend qualified attorneys to meet one’s legal requirements.

Considerations when selecting a lawyer

Before deciding on a lawyer, there are several points to consider.

First of all, it is in your best interest to ask the lawyer considering his qualifications and experience. You can refer to the lawyer’s strategy and plan to represent you. It is not rude to ask how much your retainer fee is.

Feel free to ask questions about your case. As your attorney, I am 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 that your attorney understands and can address your legal concerns in a manner that is satisfactory to you. Take care that the attorney-client confidentiality clause abroad meets your expectations.

These tips should enable you to find a qualified foreign lawyer to handle your legal needs in a suitable and congenial manner.