Legal services (legal advice), legal services register

Anyone wishing to provide legal services must register.

If you wish to provide legal services in the following areas, you must register with the competent authority:

  • debt collection services,
  • Pension advice in the field of pension advice, statutory pension and accident insurance, social compensation law, other social security and severely disabled persons' law relating to a statutory pension as well as occupational and occupational pensions.
  • Legal services in a foreign law; If the foreign law is the law of a Member State of the European Union or of another State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, advice may also be given in the field of European Union law and the law of the European Economic Area.

They must be personally suitable and reliable. Important criteria for the required reliability are the past life (in particular any criminal offences) and the economic circumstances. Furthermore, you need proof of special expertise (theoretical and practical) in the corresponding areas of law. Natural and legal persons as well as companies without legal personality can be registered. The application may be limited to one or more of the following sub-areas of legal services in a foreign law: "Intellectual Property Law" and "Tax Law".

Registration may be made subject to conditions or subject to conditions if this is necessary for the protection of legal seekers or legal transactions.

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 and apartment management,
  • Funding advice.
  • Summary of the vocational training course and the previous exercise of the profession,
  • Certificate of good conduct pursuant to § 30 (5) of the Federal Central Register Act,
  • Declaration of whether insolvency proceedings are pending or whether an entry in a list of debtors has taken place in the last three years before the application was filed (§ 26 para. 2 of the Insolvency Code, § 915 of the Code of Civil Procedure),
  • a declaration as to whether registration or admission to the bar has been refused, withdrawn or revoked or whether an exclusion from the legal profession has taken place in the last three years prior to the application and, if this is the case, a copy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 proving theoretical and practical expertise,
  • Proof of professional indemnity insurance.

Application forms are available on the portal of the State Justice Administrations.

Related Links

  • Applications forms


Anyone who is legally established in another Member State of the European Union or in another State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) for the purpose of practising a profession related to the provision of legal services may, under certain conditions, exercise this profession temporarily and occasionally in Germany.

You can also access the legal services register (out-of-court legal services in the areas of debt collection services, pension advice, legal services in a foreign law as well as registered permit holders) via the joint portal of the state judicial administrations.

General information on courts and judicial authorities can also be found on the website of the state government of Schleswig-Holstein.

  • Legal Services Register
  • Information on courts and judicial authorities
  • §§ 5, 10, 12, 13, 15 Act on Extrajudicial Legal Services (Legal Services Act - RDG),
  • §§ 4, 5 Act on Costs in Matters of Administration of Justice (Justice Administration Costs Act - JVKostG).

Related Links

  • Legal Services Act - RDG
  • JVKostG

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