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Legal advice - how to go about it

If you need legal advice in job-related matters, how do you pick the right lawyer/law firm? Google may not necessarily be the best approach..

In the first place it is to know the legal position rather than going to court - in my previous life I would have gone to my professional organisation.

And in CH, does the money-clock start by "Hello"?

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just call whoever you find.. gather info.. you'll come up with something then..
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Re: Legal advice - how to go about it

Try these people:

http://www.anwalt-arbeitsrecht.ch/de/1.html

http://www.swisslawyers.com/en/00_ho...ltsverband.htm

http://www.anwaltskollektiv.ch/kurzinformation.php#en
CHF60 for consultation

A link that might be useful for you ( use Google Translate if required ).
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If you need legal advice in job-related matters, how do you pick the right lawyer/law firm?
The best is to get legal insurance (Rechtsschutzversicherung). All info is for free. No need to say they have all kind of lawyers.
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If you need legal advice in job-related matters, how do you pick the right lawyer/law firm? Google may not necessarily be the best approach..

In the first place it is to know the legal position rather than going to court - in my previous life I would have gone to my professional organisation.

And in CH, does the money-clock start by "Hello"?
Choosing the right lawyer is an important and difficult choice, and should not be done hastily:

You can try to go by the various rankings, e.g.:
Chambers and Partner (Employment)
Practical Law (Labour and Employment)
However, these rankings are somewhat geared to corporate customers.

People living/working in Zurich they can try Advonaut.
This is essentially a matching service in which you describe your legal problem in general terms and Zurich-based lawyers can pitch their services to you. Based on the quality of the responses you will get some feel whether the lawyer will be a fit.

The Swiss Bar Association also provides certification for certain specialities, among them also for labour law. There is a list of lawyers who have completed the certification requirements.

Of course if you have a referral, either from friends, business colleagues, unions, etc. this can also be very helpful.

Finally, if you gathered a few names. Google them, check out the lawyer's websites. Once you have decided on one or two lawyers and depending on the amount at stake you might want to have meetings with both. See where you have the better rapport or fit and then go with that lawyer.

As to costs: Unless agreed otherwise the clock starts ticking from the beginning, but more often than not lawyers will not invoice you for a first meeting. But talk about this beforehand to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
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