Law firm; application for admission

The activity as a law firm with limited liability requires a license according to §§ 59c ff. Federal Lawyers' Act (BRAO). In principle, a joint-stock law company is eligible for admission. Sections 59c et seq. BRAO apply accordingly.

Description

The application for admission as a limited liability law company or a joint-stock law company shall be submitted to the Bar Association in whose district the law firm is to be established.

The essential basis for the admission of a law company is the company's articles of association, which must be notarized. It is advisable to coordinate the draft articles of association with the Bar Association prior to notarization. This will enable any corrections to be made without complications.

Admission as a law company by the Bar Association can only take place after the company has been entered in the Commercial Register. The application for registration in the Commercial Register is made by the notary public, who usually requests a clearance certificate from the Bar Association for this purpose.

Prerequisites

The basis for admission as a limited liability law company or a joint-stock law company is the company's articles of association, which must meet the following requirements in particular:

  • the object of the company must be limited to legal advice and representation,
  • the partners must be professionals capable of practicing law and must be professionally active in the company
  • the majority of shares and voting rights must be held by lawyers,
  • no participation of outside capital,
  • responsible management by lawyers
  • The company name must contain the designation "Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft

Deadlines

none

Required documents

  • Application form "Law Society
  • Statutes
  • Proof of the conclusion of professional liability insurance

    (A law firm is obliged to take out professional liability insurance with an insurance company authorized to do business in the country and to maintain it for the duration of the license. The minimum insurance sum is 2,500,000 euros for the individual case of damage. The insurer's benefits for all damages caused within one insurance year may be limited to the amount of the minimum insurance sum multiplied by the number of partners and managing directors who are not partners. However, the maximum annual benefit must amount to at least four times the minimum sum insured (§ 59j BRAO in conjunction with § 51 BRAO).

Forms

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Zulassung als Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft München
    Please note

    This form requires no signature. You can sent it electronically (e.g. by secure email or De-Mail) or as hardcopy to the responsible authority.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Zulassung als Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft Nürnberg
    Please note

    This form requires no signature. You can sent it electronically (e.g. by secure email or De-Mail) or as hardcopy to the responsible authority.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Zulassung als Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft Bamberg
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

Fees

  • The admission fee at the Munich Bar Association will be 750 euros from 01.01.2022, and at the Nuremberg and Bamberg Bar Associations it will continue to be 1000 euros. In addition, there is an annual membership fee for the company set by the respective bar association (about 350 - 400 euros) as well as the chamber fee for the individual natural persons (about 200 to 300 euros).

Status: 08.08.2022

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium der Justiz

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