Greek Civil & Criminal Lawyer
Greece, with its rich legal heritage, operates under a well-established Civil Law Code and Criminal Law Code, each of which covers a wide range of legal areas.
The Civil Law Code contains detailed provisions on property and estate law, inheritance law, family and divorce law, and various other personal legal matters. The Criminal Law Code, on the other hand, deals with crimes against society and clearly sets out the rules and procedures for both prosecution and defense.
Navigating Greece’s complex legal procedures can be daunting without a Greek civil and criminal lawyer, especially for those who are not well versed in the Greek legal jurisprudence. Our role is to guide you through it with our deep understanding of Greek legal principles and precedents.
An experienced civil law attorney provides expert guidance in handling the intricacies of civil cases, ranging from property disputes to sensitive family law issues. Similarly, our skilled criminal defense attorneys are committed to protecting your rights and providing strong representation at every stage of the criminal justice process.
At our firm, we prioritize a client-centered approach, and we ensure that each case is handled with attention to its unique aspects and your specific needs. Contact the law firm today to discuss your legal matter.
Our Civil & Criminal Law Services
Experienced Greek Civil & Criminal Lawyer
Leptokaridou Law Firm is particularly experienced in Greek property and inheritance law as well as international family and divorce law when one of the spouses is of Greek origin. As trustworthy civil & criminal lawyers, we will be at your side at all times, protecting your rights in the case of civil torts or if you are involved in a criminal trial.
Property and Estate Law
We specialize in real estate transactions, handling property disputes, inheritance issues and effective property management. Enjoy peace of mind, especially when dealing with Greek real estate from afar. The goal of a trusted Greek real estate lawyer is to ensure that every aspect of your property concerns is handled with skill and care.
Family and Divorce Law
Find expert legal counsel from a Greek family lawyer that understands and addresses your unique challenges regarding divorce proceedings, child custody disputes, alimony arrangements or marital property division. Our compassionate approach ensures that your family’s needs are met with the utmost care and professionalism, making a difficult time more manageable. A service especially tailored for international families and expats looking for a divorce lawyer in Greece.
Get solid representation at every stage of the criminal process, from preliminary investigation to trial and appeal. With experienced lawyers dedicated to defending your rights within the Greek criminal justice system, you can expect comprehensive support and strategic defense. Our commitment is to ensure that your voice is heard and your rights are upheld, providing you with the strong legal backing you need during difficult times.
Representation in Divorce Proceedings
When things get complicated, we’re here to help you every step of the way. We will stand by your side in court, advocating for your rights and interests with expertise and dedication. Our approach combines a deep understanding of Greek divorce law with a commitment to achieving the best possible results for our clients.
Immigration Law Assistance
Experience personalized assistance with immigration-related issues, including residence permits and citizenship applications. Tailored to the needs of expats and international families, our services simplify the complexities of navigating the Greek immigration system. We’re here to guide you every step of the way, ensuring a smooth and successful journey to establishing your residency or citizenship in Greece.
Mediation and Arbitration Services
Discover alternative dispute resolution services, such as mediation and arbitration, to efficiently resolve conflicts without the need for lengthy litigation. Our focus is on achieving amicable solutions that not only save time and money, but also preserve valuable relationships. With our expert guidance, you can manage disputes with efficiency and professionalism, ensuring a smoother path to resolution.
Frequently Asked Questions
Read frequently asked questions about Greek Civil and Criminal Law
Do you have questions about Greek civil and criminal law? Read the following FAQs and if you do not find the answer you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact our firm.
What types of cases do you handle in Greek civil and criminal law?
Our firm specializes in a wide range of Greek civil and criminal law cases, providing comprehensive legal services to our diverse clientele.
In particular, we are experts in real estate and property matters in Greece, as well as international family law matters, including divorce and child custody, where we handle the delicate nuances of these cases with sensitivity and professionalism.
On the criminal front, we provide robust defense services for a range of criminal charges. Our team is equipped to handle everything from minor misdemeanors to the most serious charges, ensuring that our clients’ rights are vigorously defended.
For corporate clients, we offer corporate law services to assist with entity formation, contracts, and local regulatory compliance.
How long does a typical civil/criminal legal case take in Greece?
The duration of civil and criminal proceedings in Greece can vary greatly depending on the complexity and nature of the case.
In general, civil cases, such as property disputes or family law matters, can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to resolve. This timeframe is influenced by factors such as the complexity of the case, the court’s schedule, and the efficiency of procedural steps such as documentation and hearings.
Criminal cases tend to have a more variable timeline. Minor offenses can be resolved relatively quickly, possibly within a few months. However, more serious criminal charges, which involve extensive investigation, multiple hearings, and possibly appeals, may take several years to resolve.
It’s important to note that the Greek legal system, like many others, can experience delays due to bureaucratic processes, legal formalities and the specific details of each case. Each legal matter is unique and while these general timelines provide a rough estimate, the actual duration may vary significantly based on individual circumstances. Please contact our law firm and we will be able to provide you with more precise guidance based on the specifics of your case and the current state of the legal system.
Do I need a lawyer in Greece for my legal issue if I live abroad?
Hiring a local lawyer in Greece is crucial when you’re dealing with legal issues from abroad.
A Greek lawyer brings a deep understanding of the local legal system, which can be quite different from other countries. They are well versed in the linguistic nuances of legal procedures and documents, ensuring accurate communication and interpretation.
Our presence in Greece allows us to take immediate action on your behalf, such as attending court hearings or handling paperwork, which is especially important in time-sensitive matters.
In addition, our familiarity with the cultural and bureaucratic landscape of Greece can streamline processes and lead to a more efficient handling of your case. This local expertise not only enhances the quality of legal representation, but can also be more cost effective, saving you time and resources by reducing the need for international travel and simplifying complex legal procedures.
Can you help with legal documentation and translation services?
Absolutely, our firm recognizes the importance of comprehensive legal support, especially for clients who may not be fluent in Greek or familiar with the local legal system.
To this end, we offer a range of additional services, including legal document preparation, translation and notarization, to ensure a seamless legal process for our clients.
Our team is experienced in preparing all types of legal documents that may be required in various legal matters, from contracts and agreements to court documents and legal correspondence. We ensure that these documents are drafted accurately, reflect the specifics of your case and comply with Greek legal standards.
Understanding the language barrier that some of our clients may face, we provide professional translation services through trusted partners.
In addition, for documents that require notarization, we can facilitate this process. Our firm has connections with notaries who can notarize documents as required for legal proceedings or official purposes in Greece.
Keep this in Mind!
What to know about Greek Civil and Criminal Law
This is some important information to keep in mind when discussing civil and criminal law in Greece. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and does not take into account the individual characteristics of your legal matter. Before making any rash decisions, always contact us to discuss your particular case!
The Greek Legal System
Deeply rooted in the civil law tradition, the Greek legal system is a comprehensive and codified framework that governs legal proceedings in Greece. Influenced by Roman law and modern European legal principles, this system relies primarily on written statutes and codes, with less emphasis on judicial precedent than in common law systems.
At its core, the Greek Constitution, adopted in 1975 and subsequently revised, is the supreme law of the land. It defines the structure of government, outlines fundamental rights and freedoms, and establishes the separation of powers among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
The judiciary in Greece is independent and divided into three main categories: civil, criminal, and administrative. Civil courts handle disputes between individuals and corporations, including matters related to contracts, property, and family law. Criminal courts deal with crimes against the state and individuals, ensuring justice and imposing penalties as defined by the Criminal Code. Administrative courts adjudicate disputes over administrative and governmental decisions.
Greek law also incorporates elements of European Union law, which supersedes national legislation in relevant areas. This integration ensures consistency with broader European legal standards and directives, particularly in the areas of commercial, labor and human rights law.
The legal profession in Greece has a strong tradition of advocacy and representation. Lawyers, known as dikigoroi, play a critical role in guiding clients through the complexities of Greek and EU law, representing clients in court, and providing essential legal advice.
Importance of Legal Counsel in Greek Legal Matters
Given the unique complexity of the Greek legal system, the importance of legal counsel in Greek legal matters cannot be overstated. Greek law is characterized by an intricate codification of statutes, making the role of skilled legal professionals essential for navigation and interpretation.
Legal representation ensures that individuals and companies understand their rights and obligations under Greek law. This is particularly important in areas such as property law, where Greece’s specific rules on land ownership and inheritance can be labyrinthine. Legal advice provides clarity and helps to avoid costly missteps.
In litigation, the procedural intricacies of the Greek legal system can be daunting. Expert legal counsel is essential in formulating effective legal strategies, drafting pleadings, and representing clients in court. Their knowledge of local court procedures and familiarity with case law is invaluable.
Greece’s position as a member of the European Union adds another layer of complexity, as EU directives and regulations intersect with national laws. Legal professionals experienced in both Greek and EU law can navigate these overlapping legal frameworks, ensuring compliance and taking advantage of EU law where applicable.
In business contexts, particularly in the areas of commercial and corporate law, legal advisors are essential. They ensure that business operations comply with Greek legal standards, assist in contract negotiations, and provide regulatory guidance that is essential for both domestic and international companies operating in Greece.
Navigating Language Barriers and Legal Documentation in Greek civil and crime law
Since Greek is the primary language used in courts and legal documents, non-Greek speakers may face challenges. Language and documentation are crucial aspects of legal proceedings in Greece, so professional translation and interpretation services are often required to ensure clear understanding and accurate communication.
The Greek legal system, with its detailed and complex legal codes, relies heavily on documentation written in Greek, making fluency in the language a necessity for effective legal communication and understanding.
Legal documents, whether contracts, court filings or official correspondence, must be drafted, translated and understood correctly. Effective handling of these elements is essential to successful legal outcomes, making the assistance of a lawyer with language expertise invaluable.
In civil law, the complexity of legal terminology and the specificity required in legal documents mean that even minor misunderstandings or misinterpretations can have significant consequences. For those unfamiliar with Greek, this creates a reliance on accurate translations and a need for bilingual legal professionals who can bridge the language gap.
Similarly, in criminal law, the stakes are high and the need for a clear understanding of charges, evidence, and legal rights is paramount. Non-Greek speakers face the added burden of understanding complex legal proceedings in a foreign language, which can impact their ability to effectively participate in their defense.
To overcome these challenges, it is essential to work with local legal professionals who are fluent in both Greek and the client’s language. As professional Greek civil law attorneys, we not only provide translations, but also interpret the nuances and subtleties of legal language and cultural context.
In addition, Greece has provisions for legal interpretation in court proceedings, especially in criminal cases, to ensure that defendants fully understand the charges and proceedings. However, the quality and availability of such services can vary, so it is advisable for foreign nationals or entities to arrange for their own professional interpreters or bilingual attorneys.
Timeline Expectations in Greek Legal Cases
Expected timeframes in Greek legal cases can vary widely, depending on the nature of the case, the efficiency of the courts, and the specifics of Greek legal procedures. Understanding these timeframes is critical for individuals and businesses involved in legal court proceedings in Greece.
Greek civil cases, particularly those involving contractual disputes or property issues, can be lengthy. The process begins with the filing of a lawsuit, followed by a period for the exchange of legal documents. This phase can last several months as the parties prepare detailed pleadings. Once the case reaches the court, scheduling a hearing can take additional months, depending on the court’s backlog. After the hearing, it may take several more months for a judgment to be rendered, and complex cases may take more than a year.
Criminal cases in Greece generally proceed more quickly than civil cases. After an arrest, the case goes through the investigation and pre-trial phases, which can take several months. Trial dates are usually set more quickly in criminal cases, with the entire process from arrest to trial often completed within a year.
Administrative cases, such as those involving disputes with government agencies, also have varying timelines. These cases can be lengthy, especially if they involve appeals to higher administrative courts.
It’s important to note that the Greek legal system has unfortunately been known for delays in the past. Factors such as court caseloads, procedural complexities and legal reforms aimed at improving efficiency can all affect timelines. Therefore, parties involved in Greek legal matters should prepare for potential delays and seek the advice of legal professionals to effectively navigate these timelines.
Contact us if you need a Greek Civil & Criminal Lawyer
Contact us today to take care of your civil or criminal matters in Greece. We are here to represent your legal interests professionally and we are ready to do so in the best possible way without hesitation.
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