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Hi all,
I was wondering if Switzerland has an equivalent to the U.S. and Canada's legal aid clinics or lawyers that do pro-bono work?

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Old 02.03.2011, 20:15
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Re: Getting Legal Help

Some firms provide pro-bono work under Family Law

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Hi jrspet,
I am not sure this would qualify as family law, it deals more with estate law, specifically a parent. Not sure if its the same?
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Old 02.03.2011, 22:53
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Re: Getting Legal Help

Quite honestly, this sort of post rather irritates me. A new member without an Introduction, without any information in her/his profile and a location of 'earth', wants advice about getting free legal aid.

A little more to help us to help you would have been nice. Some towns have a free legal advice service. However, I don't know what part of Switzerland you are in so it is a waste of time giving you the relevant German words, you might be in Tessin or the Romandie, and I cannot check your parish homepage to see if this service is available in your area either.

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Hi Longbyt,
I am sorry that my post irritates you, that was not my intention at all. Please allow me to give you some background information. My Father had just suddenly passed away in Switzerland and the last two weeks have been the most devastating of my life. My anonymity is based on my experiences of the so called friends of my Father and simply not knowing who to trust, so I apologize for not being more candid with what is going on with me right now. I realize that you were trying to help, but if you experienced a quarter of what I have gone through in the last two weeks, you would at least understand. Sorry for wasting your time.
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In addition to my last post, I am not familiar with the customs and procedures in Switzerland as I live outside of the country. I do possess Swiss citizenship, but I am not familiar with how things work.
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Re: Getting Legal Help

I have just been through the exercise of drawing up a will here and so know a little bit of how the system works. The OP has provided too little information to help. I would nevertheless suggest investing in an hour with a lawyer specializing in family/inheritance law. It would probably be money well spent.
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Re: Getting Legal Help

very sorry for your loss.
perhaps you can get some pointers in the following thread:
Legal Insurance -Rechtsschutz
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perhaps you can get some pointers in the following thread:
Legal Insurance -Rechtsschutz
This other thread is about insurance, i.e. something you buy before your (in this case: legal) trouble starts. I doubt that'll help the TO much.
As suggested before it might be a good idea to invest into an hour with a lawyer.
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This other thread is about insurance, i.e. something you buy before your (in this case: legal) trouble starts. I doubt that'll help the TO much.
As suggested before it might be a good idea to invest into an hour with a lawyer.
Thanks for pointing it out, xkcd. It slipped my mind.

For anyone else who will ever need one - CAP is highly recommended. We were able to get money back from the clients who wouldn't pay otherwise. All the costs were covered by the insurance.
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Re: Getting Legal Help

Thanks Snoopy, FemmeT and xkcd for your help and clarification. I think its best to obtain the advice of legal counsel.

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Re: Getting Legal Help

Jrspet,
I didn't even notice the search link you provided in your post until now. Thanks so much, I will research further.
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Re: Getting Legal Help

Here are some links to legal aid in Zürich. I don't know where you are located or if you are even in Switzerland at the moment but there are similar things in other areas:
http://www.zav.ch/service/rechtsausk...l?newLangID=en
http://www.anwaltskollektiv.ch/kurzinformation.php#en.

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