First published in ACCESS Winter e-zine 2012
The Hague hosts the world’s main legal bodies and is therefore referred to as the ‘legal capital of the world’. This title comes with a certain responsibility, for the municipal government as well as for many local entities. The Legal Expat Desk, LED for short, is an example of an entrepreneurial service rendered to the international cluster by GMW Advocaten.
Legal expat cases almost always cross more than one country. In case of a divorce for instance, the first question will be: where to file for divorce? Sometimes filing in the Netherlands will best suit you, in other cases filing abroad might be better. Then, more likely than not, the case will incorporate aspects that may be subject to different national legislations. Strategic insight with a global attitude and mindset are essential.
As international cases require special skills and a different approach than Dutch cases, GMW Advocaten established the Legal Expat Desk (LED) back in 2006. The team consists of lawyers (see photos) who have been selected because of their extensive experience and expertise in handling legal matters with international aspects. Most of them have lived or studied abroad, some even had an international upbringing, are bi-lingual and familiar with the expat lifestyle themselves.
Information hub for expat community
In January 2012 LED launched a brand new website, www.legalexpatdesk.nl, that serves as an information hub advising the expat community living and working in the Netherlands. The site provides legal information in English on a wide spectrum of legal topics within the fields of family law, employment law, real estate and tenancy law, and administrative law. To highlight certain actual topics and to keep you informed about changes in the Dutch legal system, GMW’s LED lawyers regularly publish
legal articles. LED also provides workshops and seminars about relevant legal topics.
Working together and sharing experiences with a network of legal experts in the Netherlands and abroad, with notaries and trusted partners such as ACCESS, the Guest Card, IamExpat, The Hague Online, Women’s Business Initiative International (WBII), Xpat Media and Thexpat.TV, ensures they add value and continuously improve their services.
Feel free to consult them on any legal issue. You can contact Godelijn Boonman (head of the Legal Expat Desk and partner at GMW Advocaten) at 070 361 5048 or email@example.com.