Common Frequently Asked Questions about lawyers

Below you will find answers to twelve questions about lawyers. We want to give you the opportunity to get an idea of ​​what a lawyer can help with. We also provide answers to questions about how to proceed if you do not receive the service you expect.

1. What questions should I contact a lawyer?

When you feel the need to speak with a legal advisor. These may include personal or financial consequences for you: family law issues such as marriage, cohabitation, divorce, or inheritance issues. Purchase or sale of real estate. Disputes related to work, tax issues, contracts and contracts, business, housing and real estate issues. Matters where you have been sued or want to sue someone or in connection with a police investigation.

2. When should I contact?

As soon as you feel that you need to talk to some legal expert. Don’t wait until the issue turns into a problem or conflict. The faster you contact a lawyer, the greater the chance that the conflict can be resolved through negotiation and that the problems can thereby be resolved. No other case is the same. “Fine print” is not always easy to find and it can be even more difficult to interpret it correctly.

3. How do I contact a lawyer?

The most common thing is to ask your friends and business contacts if they know any lawyer with whom they have good experience. There is also a list of all the lawyers in the country on the Law Society’s website: www.advokatsamfundet.se . Search can be done in different areas of law, in addition, search can be done in the city. The Law Society cannot make recommendations about lawyers. 

4. How do I know which lawyer to suit for my specific needs?

Many attorneys advertise their business orientation, for example. on their websites. When you search for a lawyer on the Law Society’s website, you can also search for legal areas. When you call a lawyer and present your case, the lawyer decides if he or she can take on your assignment.

5. How much information should I provide at the first interview with the lawyer ?

In a first contact with a lawyer, tell us briefly what your legal case is, so that the lawyer can carry out a self-examination to avoid a conflict of interest. It is important to ask the lawyer if the first call is free of charge. Once the lawyer has confirmed to you that he can take your case, it is advisable to provide further information on the case. 

6. How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?

There is no fixed price for legal services. Lawyers are free to determine their own fees. However, according to good legal practice, a lawyer’s fees should be reasonable. In assessing what is a reasonable fee for an assignment, consideration may be given to what has been agreed with the client, the scope of the assignment, its nature, degree of difficulty and significance, as well as the lawyer’s skill, the work’s results and other such circumstances.

7. Can I get help with legal fees?

You may have legal protection included in your home insurance or other insurance. If certain conditions are met, you can obtain legal aid. Discuss questions about legal protection and legal assistance with the lawyer at the first meeting. The lawyer is obliged, in accordance with the guidelines on good practice, to inform his clients about the possibility of getting the assignment financed through public benefits or insurance protection. Your lawyer should also help you apply for legal aid or legal protection.

If you are a union member, you can also get some help from the union’s lawyers. Contact your union for more information.

8. Can you get a cost estimate right from the start?

If the case you have is clearly delineated, you can get an estimate of the costs. If it is a more complicated matter, it may be difficult for the lawyer to make a precise forecast because it is impossible to know from the outset how the case will develop legally. This can, for example, apply to disputes where you do not know how the counterparty will act. The lawyer is responsible for ensuring that the costs are not too high in relation to what can be gained by pursuing the case.

9. Can I trust the lawyer to stand up to me wholeheartedly?

The lawyer is obliged to work in accordance with good legal practice, which means, among other things, that the lawyer’s main task is to best protect his client’s interests in the best of his ability.

10. Do I dare to trust a lawyer?

The answer is unconditional yes. The lawyer has a duty of confidentiality and must not disclose anything that has been given to him or her in confidence. Discretion and the duty of confidentiality also apply to the persons employed by the lawyer.

11. What distinguishes a lawyer from other lawyers who offer advice?

Anyone can call themselves a lawyer and start a legal agency – there is no control from the community. With regard to the right to be called a lawyer, one must have been accepted as a member of the Swedish Bar Association. To become a member of the community, one must have a juror. degree, which takes about five years of academic studies. After graduation, you must have worked for three years with practically qualified legal activities, either by working as an assistant lawyer at a law firm or by running your own legal business. Thereafter, an approved law degree must be passed. You must have an orderly economy, be manageable and otherwise be suitable for legal activities.

A lawyer may not be employed by anyone other than a lawyer. The lawyer is independent and has loyalty to clients – no one else. The lawyer has a statutory duty of confidentiality. The lawyer is obliged to follow the rules that exist to prevent conflicts of interest. A lawyer must follow society’s ethical rules of good practice.

12. What if I am not satisfied with a lawyer?

All lawyers are under the supervision of the Law Society.

The Disciplinary Board examines questions as to whether a lawyer has violated the rules of good practice. If you are dissatisfied with your lawyer and feel that the lawyer has not observed good practice in his business, you can report the lawyer to the Disciplinary Board. If the Disciplinary Board considers that a lawyer has violated good practice, the Board may decide to give the lawyer a disciplinary penalty.

If you are a consumer and have a claim against a lawyer or law firm, you can turn to the Consumer Disputes Board. The Consumer Disputes Board examines fees disputes and other financial claims that a consumer makes against a lawyer or law firm. The Consumer Disputes Committee can decide here that fees should be reduced after a fairness assessment.