I have noticed that I receive many e-mails with the same questions, so I have started to post the most frequent questions – and of course the answers to them – for everyone to read for free. As this section might already answer many of your questions, I invite you to browse these FAQ before you contact me about your case. If you do decide to contact me, you can increase your chances of getting a response by supporting this blog.
1. Is it true that you are on sabbatical?
Yes. I took a break from lawyering in August 2009 after having worked as a lawyer for 7 years. I wanted to pursue some of my other interests and to travel more. I have since even found the time to complete an MA in philosophy.
2. When will you be back?
Probably not for a few more years. If you follow my blog, you will be the first to know once it happens.
3. Is there no chance you can help me with my question?
The point of my sabbatical is to work less, so I cannot reply to all the requests I continue to receive.
But there are two ways you can try to tap my knowledge: I answer some questions for a a small donation and sometimes I might do some extra work for really nice people (see question no. 6 et seq.).
4. What do I have to do to get my question answered for free?
Please read the relevant FAQ and the comments, which may already answer your question. I am more inclined to answer a new question, which hasn’t been posed before.
5. How can I thank you adequately for this free service?
I have a wishlist of books (and another one for German language titles) and I would appreciate if you choose and mail me a few books. Or you can support this blog with a small donation. Getting quality legal advice for free should be worth such a relatively small effort, right?
6. Would you also be available for more individual questions or more legal help?
I might. From time to time, I will accept a case on a freelance basis.
Please note that I am currently not admitted to the bar as an attorney, so I cannot officially represent you in court cases. I can of course give general advice, strategic advice, draft letters and briefs, perform legal research and legal translations.
7. Do you charge for this?
Of course. For an initial consultation, whether by phone, e-mail or in person, I charge 400 € or the equivalent in your currency. The easiest way to pay is through PayPal.
The consultation will be thorough and in-depth. It will draw not only on my legal knowledge but also on my vast trial and strategic experience. I will set aside several hours of my time to answer all of your questions.
If we decide to proceed together after the initial consultation, we will agree on the fees for that.
8. How can I contact you?
The best way is to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide a detailed account of your situation, preferably pointing out that you have already read these FAQ and haven’t found the answer therein. You can also contact me on Skype at “andreas_lawyer”.
9. Can you recommend any other lawyer in Germany?
No, unfortunately not. But I have put together the 10 ultimate guidelines for finding the best lawyer.