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Duty of law firm according to the Federal Lawyers' Act Exemption

In the interest of the administration of justice or to avoid hardship, the competent authority may exempt a lawyer from the law firm obligation according to § 29 Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung (BRAO).

Who should I contact?

The jurisdiction lies with the Bar Association.

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


  • Citing a reason for exemption. Examples include:
    • Illness
    • Old age
    • Further training abroad
    • Establishment of a law firm exclusively in another state – unless overriding interests of the administration of justice conflict with the administration of justice

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What are the fees?

Fees are payable in accordance with the fee regulations of the competent authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.

Processing duration

Processing Time: 3 Months
Section 32 (2) of the Federal Lawyers' Act (BRAO)

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)