When to use the help of a legal advisor, and when to use a lawyer?

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At first glance, it might seem that the work of a solicitor and advocate is no different. However, it should be remembered that these are two separate professions, the performers of which have slightly different tasks. In the following article, we briefly describe when to use the help of a solicitor, and when to use the help of an attorney-at-law?

Legal counsel and advocate work - differences

The task of legal advisers and advocates is to provide legal assistance. The difference between them is the form of practicing the profession. Only a solicitor may be employed under an employment contract. An advocate may practice his profession only through an individual business activity or as a partner in the partnership.

From the perspective of an individual client, the difference between an attorney-at-law and an attorney-at-law is small and comes down to defense in criminal and fiscal penal cases only.

Attention!
The legal basis for the activity of a legal adviser is the Act of 6 July 1982 on legal advisers. In the case of advocates, the relevant legal act is the Act of May 26, 1982 - Law on the Bar.

When to seek the help of a solicitor and when to use a lawyer

Report to the attorney-at-law when:

  • you must seek legal advice,
  • you need a legal opinion,
  • you want him to appear before a court or an office as an attorney or defense counsel,
  • you want to hire a lawyer under an employment contract in your company.

Report to an attorney when:

  • you need to seek legal advice,
  • you need a legal opinion,
  • you are looking for a defense lawyer in criminal and fiscal penal cases,
  • you want to hire a lawyer in your company on the basis of a civil law contract.