Frequently asked Questions

Frequently asked questions and answers to them associated
with the provision of legal services.

01. How to contact the Law Firm Witt & Kleim?

If you intend to contact our law firm for the first time it is sufficient to send an e-mail to - office@wak.sk, or contact us by telephone on +421 917 521 301. You can also use the contact form on the website in the section - Contact. We generally answer the questions within 24 hours.

02. To whom does the Witt & Kleim law firm provide the services?

Witt&Kleim Law firm provides legal services to business companies, entrepreneurs and individuals.

03. Does the Law office Witt & Kleim represent also individuals - non-entrepreneurs?

As part of the services provided by Witt & Kleim law firm natural persons - non-entrepreneurs are represented in judicial, administrative and court procedures. As well as natural persons - non-entrepreneurs, the legal services provided are mainly associated with the preparation and commenting on contracts, e.g. leases, purchase contracts, gift contracts, contracts for the transfer of real estate, loan contracts. We also provide services to individuals with so-called personal bankruptcy.

04. What legal services are provided by Witt & Kleim Law firm?

Witt & Kleim Law office provides legal services across the full legal spectrum, i.e. in the area of commercial, civil, labour and also administrative and criminal law. However, we are specialized in management and recovery of receivables, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, real estate law and development and the provision of legal service for starting entrepreneurs / start-ups.

05. What is the difference between a lawyer and a law firm (law office)?

Between these terms there is no practical difference, since in both cases the legal service is provided by the lawyer. However, when we talk about a law office (law firm), there is usually a higher number of experienced lawyers. The difference in the number of lawyers doesn´t have to signify any difference in the quality of the provided service.

06. How is the price of legal service determined?

The remuneration of the price of legal service is bound by the Advocacy Act and the Decree on remuneration and compensation for lawyers for providing legal service. According to these regulations the fee can be determined on an hourly basis and is calculated from the price of the proceedings. In cases of a long-term cooperation is the remuneration of legal services determined by an agreement with the client at a flat rate. Also in case of a bigger agenda, in particular management of receivables the fee is determined by the proportionate amount of recovered debts.

07. Are the legal services expensive?

Legal services can be expensive if they are provided professionally. It should be taken into consideration that the lawyer must assess each case separately and give it a different amount of time. Typically, the total costs of legal services depend on the amount of time spent on each case.

08. On what conditions are attorney's fees paid by the counterparty?

Within the standards of judicial proceedings the court shall decide which of the parties has to bear the costs, while it may be noted that the costs are borne by the party which has been unsuccessful, in other words which has lost the case. If the success of one of the parties in the proceedings is only partial, also the ratio of costs of the service is generally calculated pro rata.

09. What is the protection against unauthorized disclosure of information provided by the client?

the lawyer is obliged to keep confidential all the information and facts that he learned from the client in the course of providing legal services regardless of the origin of such information except for particular information - for example the obligation to prevent the commission of criminal offence. This obligation also applies to all employees of the law office and continues even after the termination of the provision of legal services. The lawyer can be released from this obligation only by the client (or his descendants), and even in that case, the lawyer considers the disclosure of entrusted information.

10. What if the advocate causes damage to the client?

Even though the education, own practice and continuing training is a prerequisite of perfection of services provided by the lawyer, in the event of a misconduct, every lawyer has a liability insurance. Witt & Kleim Law firm has concluded an insurance contract with the insurance company Kooperativa a.s. with the insurance coverage of 1,500,000.00 Euros.

11. Can the law firm refuse to provide legal services to the client?

In cases specified by law, the lawyer is entitled to refuse to provide legal services, actually in certain situations the lawyer is obliged to decline the provision of legal services. This kind of case could occur in a situation involving a conflict of interests – for example if the lawyer already represents the counterparty, he cannot legally represent the other litigant.

12. Are the notarial acts and executor services included in services provided by the law firm?

Witt & Kleim Law firm is limited in its service by the Advocacy Act which does not allow carrying out the acts of a notary or an executor. However, in our activities we work closely with professional notaries and executors with the required experience and knowledge necessary for superior performance of their operations.

13. Do you provide any advice on foreign legal systems?

As the Slovak Republic is part of the European Union, its law-making directly affects the Slovak law. The knowledge of European Union justice is a standard for Witt & Kleim. Similarly, cooperation with agencies abroad represents one of the major benefits of the law firm Witt & Kleim for clients operating in several markets.

14. What are the rules that bind the law firm?

Lawyers are obliged to act in accordance with the generally binding, valid and effective legal regulations of the Slovak Republic, specifically the Law on Advocacy. They are also bound by the regulations of the Slovak Bar Association. And since each client concludes a contract for the provision of legal services, the obligations of the lawyer are also defined in the contract. And last, the limits for Lawyers are also verbal or written instructions from the client that are not contrary to law.

15. Who keeps records of the law firms?

Witt & Kleim Law firm is a regular member of the Slovak Bar Association (sak.sk), which brings together all lawyers, and advocacy communities operating in the Slovak Republic.

16. Is it possible to get free access to the regulations of the Slovak Republic and the European Union?

Everyone has the right and also the obligation to know their rights and obligations arising from the standards of Slovak legal system which are adopted by the Slovak National Council (nrsr.sk) and also which are adopted by the European Union (eur-lex.europa.eu). Journal of Laws is available on the website slov-lex.sk.

17. Where to find the available data on business entities operating in Slovakia?

orsr.sk- search subjects registered in the Commercial Register
zrsr.sk - search subjects registered in the Trade Register
drsr.sk- verification of VAT and other useful information
registeruz.sk - information about the subjects of statement of finances
finstat.sk - comprehensive economic information on business entities

18. Where can I find the addresses and contact details of the courts of the Slovak Republic?

The official site of the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic provides a unified automated system of legal information listing the Slovak courts, including courts of arbitration and is available at justice.gov.sk .

19. Does your question remain unanswered?

If you have a specific question that has not been answered, do not hesitate to contact us.