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Legal services on the basis of special expertise: Registration - in the Legal Services Register

Anyone wishing to provide out-of-court legal services in the following areas must register with the competent authority:

  • Debt collection services
  • Pension Advice
  • Legal services in a foreign law

Without registration in the Legal Services Register, legal services in connection with another activity are permitted if they are part of the profession or activity profile as an ancillary service. Permitted ancillary services are legal services provided in connection with one of the following activities:

  • Execution of wills,
  • Property management,
  • Advice on subsidies.

Further information can be found on the announcement platform for out-of-court legal services.

The jurisdiction lies with the Regional Court and the larger district court (so-called President's District Court).

This procedure can also be handled by a "Point of Single Contact". The "Point of Single Contact" is a special service offered by the municipalities and the state for service providers.

  • personal suitability and reliability of the applicant
    • Important standards for the required reliability are the previous life (in particular any criminal offences) and the economic circumstances.
  • Proof of special expertise (theoretical and practical) in the relevant areas of law
  • Eligible to apply: natural or legal persons and companies without legal personality

The application may be limited to one or more of the above-mentioned sub-areas.

If this is necessary for the protection of litigants or legal transactions, registration may be made subject to conditions or subject to conditions.

  • Summary of the vocational training course and the previous practice of the profession
  • Certificate of good conduct for authorities (document type O)
  • Declaration as to whether insolvency proceedings are pending or whether an entry in a list of debtors pursuant to Section 26 (2) of the Insolvency Code (InsO) has taken place in the last three years prior to the filing of the application
  • Statement as to whether a registration or admission to the bar has been refused, withdrawn or revoked or whether an exclusion from the legal profession has taken place in the last three years prior to the application and - if this is the case - a copy of the decision
  • Documents to prove practical expertise:
    • References/other certificates of previous practical activity or qualification for judicial office in accordance with the German Judges Act (DRiG)
  • Documents to prove theoretical expertise:
    • Certificate of successful completion of the expert training course, written supervision work and evaluation as well as a detailed description of the contents and course of the course
  • Proof of professional indemnity insurance

Fees of EUR 150.00 are charged in accordance with No. 1110 of the Schedule of Costs (Annex) to the Judicial Administration Costs Ordinance Act (JVKostG).

Deadlines may have to be observed. Please contact the competent authority.

Anyone who is established in the European Economic Area (EEA) for the purpose of exercising a profession related to the provision of legal services may, under certain conditions, practise this profession occasionally and as a temporary legal service in Germany.

Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)