How to find a great lawyer in Monaco
If you need a good attorneys-at-law (avocats) for any reason it might be hard to decide who is the best lawyer for your case.
When I decided to add this chapter I quickly reached out and asked Mr. Bergonzi about his suggestions on how to seek legal assistance in Monaco, and what the first step is to find a great lawyer. He gave me an unexpected answer, but it was all very reasonable.
He advised to try to ask somebody who works at the Courthouse such as judges, court clerks, etc. Basically people who work in legal or related fields and professionals, such as certified public accountants for instance, who are in the best position to recommend the best lawyers.
This showed me again the humble character of my friend. Mr. Bergonzi could have easily said to me that look Zsolt, we are the Law firm of the year in Monaco. Instead of this, he advised from his heart. He also explained to me that not every lawyer has the same experience in various types of legal cases. Some lawyers are specialised in the routine cases such as a company formation, and they can be in real trouble when they have to face with an experienced avocat, who is challenging the case during a court hearing. As a great example Mr. Bergonzi even challenged the police custody law in Monaco back in 2010. Sometimes lawyers have to think out of the box and maintain some creativity to find solutions.
For instance, if someone is looking for a lawyer for a criminal matter, he suggested to me to ask police officers too, as they are particularly aware of the quality of lawyers in this area. More broadly, any person who works in the legal sphere can advise.
We also talked about the budget, because that can be a great differentiating factor as well, since some lawyers are more expensive than others. Although it does not mean that a more expensive lawyer is better than a cheaper one.
It is important to determine one’s budget first, which will help to find the most appropriate lawyer. But equally important it is to check whether the chosen lawyer is authorised in Monaco, and whether he/ she holds the necessary professional experience to represent one’s best interest.
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