An attorney-at-law is competent to:
- represent and defend a client in court and in pre-trial proceedings and elsewhere in Estonia as well as abroad;
- collect evidence;
- freely choose and use lawful means and ways in providing a legal service;
- receive information required for the provision of a legal service from a state authority and municipality, access documents and receive copies and extracts thereof, unless it is prohibited by a statute to provide an attorney with information and documents;
- process the personal data of a person other than a client, which have been obtained on the basis of a contract or a statute, including personal data of special categories, without the person’s consent where it is necessary for the provision of a legal service;
- certify copies of documents and signatures submitted to the court and other authorities in the framework of a legal service rendered to a client;
- act as an arbitrator and, in accordance with the procedure established in the Reconciliation Act, as a reconciler;
- act as a bankruptcy trustee, provided that the attorney is a member of the Chamber of Enforcement Agents and Bankruptcy Trustees.
An assistant attorney-at-law has the legal competency of an attorney-at-law to a statutorily limited extent.
The assistant attorney-at-law cannot act as an arbitrator or, in accordance with the procedure established in the Reconciliation Act, as a reconciler.
They also cannot represent or defend a client in the Supreme Court, unless otherwise provided by a statute.
An assistant attorney-at-law cannot act as a bankruptcy trustee.
An assistant attorney-at-law is allowed to provide a legal service only under the supervision of their attorney-at-law patron.
The attorney fee is not specified in legislation, but are agreed on in the client agreement.
The activity of attorneys in regulated by the Bar Association Act.
The list of attorneys can be found on the website of the Estonian Bar Association.
The list of attorneys-at-law who act as reconcilers can be found on the website of the Estonian Bar Association.
Last updated: 08.10.2021