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Agreements and powers of attorney

Drafting of written agreements
  • Preliminary agreement;
  • Agreement of cession;
  • Agreement of pledge of movable and immovable property;
  • Accounts receivable pledge agreement;
  • Sale agreement;
  • Exchange agreement;
  • Gift agreement;
  • Agreement of lease of movable and immovable property;
  • Agreement of lending;
  • Agreement of free loan for use;
  • Agreement of manufacture;
  • Agreement of mandate;
  • Settlement agreement.
Advice on concluded agreements and agreements to be concluded
  • Interpretation of the provisions of a concluded agreement;
  • Advice on set-off of counter receivables;
  • Advice on the suspension and interruption of a period of limitation;
  • Advice on the pledge of movable properties and accounts receivable;
  • Ratification of agreements, concluded without representative powers.
Powers of attorney
  • Consulting on the form of authorization;
  • Drafting of any kind of powers of attorney;
  • Withdrawal of powers of attorney;
  • Sub-authorization.
Out-of-court and judicial solution to disputes, arising out of non-compliance with an agreement
  • Drafting of demands for payment of a debt;
  • Legal representation in lawsuits related to contractual non-fulfillment;
  • Conducting negotiations with the opposite party;
  • Legal representation in lawsuits for a disproportionally high amount of penalty.
Contractual liability
  • Advice on the liability for default or non-fulfillment of a contract as well as the right to compensation;
  • Advice on the liability of the seller for defects of the sold property;
  • Advice on the liability of the donee towards the donator upon repeal of the donation;
  • Advice on the liability of the lessее for causing damages to the leased property;
  • Advice on the liability of the lender towards the borrower for hidden defects of the property loaned;
  • Advice on the non-fulfillment of the obligations of the assignee under an agreement of assignment of manufacture.
Amendment, termination and cancellation of concluded agreements
  • Advice on potential nullity or invalidity of an agreement;
  • Cancellation of bilateral agreements because of default;
  • Cancellation of bilateral agreements because of inability to fulfill them;
  • Drafting of additional arrangements for amendment to contractual provisions;
  • Drawing up any kind of applications, demands, objections, requests, refusals etc.

Real Estate

Co-ownership of real estate
  • Consulting on the rights and the obligations of the co-owners;
  • Consulting on the management and the use of jointly owned real estate;
  • Sale of a share of real estate by a co-owner to a third party or to another co-owner;
  • Voluntary partition of real estate between co-owners.
Sale and purchase of real estate
  • Legal analysis of the ownership, check of existence of charges and restricted interest in the immovable property subject to future or already carried out sale and purchase;
  • Consulting on the necessary documents for a transfer of the ownership of the real estate;
  • Consulting on mortgage lending, participation in negotiations relating to bank credit agreements;
  • Drafting and/or review of a preliminary real estate sale & purchase agreement;
  • Overall legal assistance in conveyancing of the deal.
Lease of real estate
  • Conducting negotiations with lessees/lessors;
  • Drafting lease agreements;
  • Representation in disputes pertaining to the lease of real estate;
  • Consulting in case of breach of contractual obligations by a lessee or a lessor;
  • Protection of the right of ownership through initiation of the respective proceedings;
  • Entry of lease agreements into the Registry Office;
  • Drafting notifications, demands, applications etc.
Rights in rem and other rights in immovable property
  • Consulting on donations, establishment of a right in rem of use, waiver of right of ownership, establishment of easement, additions and alterations to real estates;
  • Clarification of the tax aspects of the real estate deals;
  • Acquisition of immovable properties by adverse possession (by prescription);
  • Advice on sale and purchase of land and land lease agreements.
Real Estate Litigation
  • Litigation in all court instances in actions in rem (possessory action, ownership suit, action for demarcation of land etc.);
  • Judicial announcement of a preliminary sale and purchase agreement as final;
  • Judicial partition of jontly owned real estate.
Construction of houses
  • Legal support upon institution of administrative proceedings for obtaining a building permit and starting building works;
  • Review of a designing agreement with an architect;
  • Review of a construction contract;
  • Overall legal assistance in obtaining a permit to use the house.

Banking & Finance

Mortgage loans
  • Bringing to the knowledge of clients their statutory rights;
  • Representation of the client before financial institutions in negotiating the loan conditions, incl. rates of interest, collateral etc.;
  • Defence of the client against incorporation of unfair terms into the agreement;
  • Clarification of the rights and the order of early termination;
  • Reporting to the branch conciliation commission on infringement of the rights of the borrower;
  • Legal representation before the court.
Consumer credits
  • Advice on the type and scope of the pre-contract information that the client should obtain from the financial institution;
  • Defence of the borrower against incorporation of unfair terms into the agreement;
  • Clarification of the financial and legal consequences of the right of withdrawal under the consumer credit agreement;
  • Clarification of the right of early repayment of the credit as well as the financial and legal consequences entailed thereby;
  • Submission of complaints to the Commission for the Protection of Consumers in the event of infringement of client’s rights;
  • Reporting to a branch of industry conciliation commission on the infringement of borrower’s rights;
  • Litigation.
Loan collateral
  • Consulting and check for the purpose of protection of the interests of the client in agreements for creation of loan collaterals – mortgage agreements, pledge agreements, suretyship agreements, assumption of debt agreements, take-over of debt agreements etc.
  • Changing and erasure of existing collateral by providing another collateral;
  • Participation in negotiations with the financial institutions;
  • Litigation.
Refinancing of loans
  • Consulting on the options to have existing loans refinanced;
  • Participation in negotiations with the financial institution for the purpose of re-negotiation of the loan terms and conditions;
  • Providing the client with information on more favorable conditions being offered by other potential creditors;
  • Preparation of documentation concerning early repayment of a loan through refinancing;
  • Transfer of existing collateral to the new creditor through the proper procedure.
Leasing agreements
  • Consulting on the particularities, the characteristics and the legal status of the parties upon a financial and an operation leasing;
  • Drafting and review of leasing agreements. Protection of the client’s rights concerning the moment of transferring the risk of accidental loss of the object and the property;
  • Re-negotiation of unfavorable conditions, transfer of rights under leasing agreements;
  • Transfer of the property subject to the leasing agreement after its entire payment;
  • Provision and check-up of collaterals under leasing agreements.
Non-performing loans
  • Examination of the legal status of non-performing loans for the purpose of safeguarding the rights of the client;
  • Negotiations with creditors regarding deferral or rescheduling late payments;
  • Drafting claims and counterclaims, requests for offsetting, oppositions, complaints, demands etc.;
  • Legal representation in court and before a self-employed or public bailiff for defence of the rights of the client considering the client’s situation.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution
  • Debt restructuring;
  • Assignment of receivables;
  • Debt-equity swap;
  • Mediation.
Litigation areas
  • Disputes in the field of the law of obligations (contractual and non-contractual disputes);
  • Employment litigation;
  • Family and succession disputes;
  • Consumer disputes;
  • Lawsuits concerning acts tainted with illegality of state and municipal authorities and delayed court proceedings;
  • Real estate litigation;
  • Bank and financial disputes;
  • Administrative and tax litigation;
  • International litigation;
  • Non-contentious proceedings;
  • Enforcement procedures;
  • Intellectual and industrial property disputes;
  • Insurance disputes.
Pre-judicial phase
  • Review and analysis of the case, furnishing with the necessary and relevant evidence materials;
  • Analysis and opinion on the substantive aspects of the disputes.
  • Planning and conduct of the necessary procedural actions;
  • Checking the property possessed by the debtor and the chances of securing the claim.
Judicial phase
  • Preparation of statements of claim and statements of defence in response to the claims of the opposite party;
  • Litigation in all court instances;
  • Participation and representation at public hearing;
  • Appeal of court rulings and orders.
Post-judicial phase
  • Assistance during enforcement of court rulings and arbitral awards;
  • Legal representation in enforcement procedures;
  • Advising on the most effective enforcement measures to be taken, monitoring the measures of the bailiff in terms of conformity to law.
Arbitration
  • Representation in arbitration disputes in Bulgaria and before international arbitration institutions;
  • Recognition and enforcement of judgements of foreign courts and tribunals;
  • Legal defence before the Supreme Cassation Court in matters on repeal of court decisions related to Bulgarian arbitration.

Migration Law

Acquisition of Bulgarian citizenship
  • Clarification of the legal grounds for acquisition of Bulgarian citizenship by origin and by place of birth;
  • Advice on the acquisition of Bulgarian citizenship through naturalisation, preparation, compiling and submission of the necessary documents to the Ministry of Justice or a Bulgarian embassy/consular office;
  • Filing applications for release of Bulgarian citizenship;
  • Filing applications for reinstatement of Bulgarian citizenship;
  • Defence in proceedings for revocation of naturalisation and deprivation of Bulgarian citizenship.
Visa application
  • Clarification of the procedure for entry, stay, residence and departure of foreigners from the country;
  • Consulting, preparation and compiling of the necessary documents for issuance of a short-stay visa (visa of type C);
  • Consulting, preparation and compiling of the necessary documents for issuance of a long-stay visa (visa of type D);
  • Challenging refusals of visa issuance.
Residence permit
  • Consulting, preparation and compiling of the necessary documents for issuance of an extended residence permit;
  • Consulting, preparation and compiling of the necessary documents for issuance of a long-term residence permit;
  • Consulting, preparation and compiling of the necessary documents for issuance of a permanent residence permit;
  • Procurement of issuance of residence certificates to family members of EU citizens.
Entry into the population registers
  • Advice on the options and the procedure for entry into the population registers of Bulgarian and foreign nationals;
  • Overall assistance in change name proceedings;
  • Procurement of the issuance of civil status records in the country and abroad;
  • Requesting markings, additions and alterations to the civil status records;
  • Requesting a change in the registration of residence.
Issuance of Bulgarian identity documents
  • Consulting on the order and procedure for the issuance of Bulgarian identity documents and their types;
  • Compiling of the documents necessary for the issuance of identity documents;
  • Requesting the issuance of identity and residence related documents to foreigners.
Legal representation before the authorities
  • Drafting and submission of any kind of requests, applications, notifications etc.;
  • Overall compiling the documents required in the administrative proceedings before the migration authorities;
  • Challenging the acts of the migration authorities that infringe the statutory rights and interests of the clients.

International Private Law

Rights in rem with an international element
  • Determination of the international jurisdiction and the applicable law;
  • Consulting on the order and the actions to realize the rights and to protect the interests of the client;
  • Preparation, compiling and submission of the necessary applications, requests, demands, refusals etc.
Family and succession relations with an international legal element
  • Advice on the order and the manner of conclusion, annulment or dissolution of a civil marriage with an international legal element and the related legal consequence that may be entailed thereby;
  • Opinion on the personal and property relations between the spouses;
  • Opinion on the descent, the adoption and the guardianship in international relations;
  • Determination of the international jurisdiction and the applicable law.
Contractual international relations
  • Determination of the law applicable to contractual relations;
  • Study on the special rules of international trade;
  • Consulting on international agreements in the field of sale and purchase; consumer law; insurance law; employment/labour law;
  • Determination of the international jurisdiction.
Non-contractual international relations
  • Determination of the international jurisdiction and the law applicable in case of tort/delict.;
  • Determination of the international jurisdiction and the law applicable in case of unjust enrichment;
  • Determination of the international jurisdiction and the law applicable in case of negotiorum gestio;
  • Raising out-of-court claims and initiation of court proceedings.
Recognition of foreign judgements and other acts
  • Discussion of the preconditions for authorizing the enforcement of foreign acts in the country and abroad;
  • Compiling the required documents for recognition of judgements pursuant to Council Regulation (EC) No 44/;
  • Advice on the grounds for a refusal of recognition;
  • Legal representation in the proceedings for recognition of a judgement.
Admission of enforcement of foreign judgements and other acts
  • Clarification of the proceedings for authorizing the enforcement of foreign judgements and other acts – preparation and submission of a declaration of enforceability and all other required documents to the competent court;
  • Challenging the decisions where the rights and the interests of the client in the proceedings for recognition of a judgement have been infringed;
  • Consulting and conduct of proceedings pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 805/2004 creating an European Enforcement Order for uncontested claims;
  • Consulting and conduct of proceedings pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1896/2006 creating an European Order for payment procedure;
  • Admission of enforcement of foreign judgements and other acts pursuant to the International Private Law Code.

Intellectual Property

Copyright and related rights
  • Advice on the subject-matter of copyright and related rights;
  • Analysis of information on the infringement of copyright and related rights;
  • Drafting agreements for the use of works subject to copyright and related rights;
  • Taking evidence in respect of infringed copyrights and claiming the liability of infringers;
  • Legal representation before the relevant authorities and the court.
Trademarks
  • Checking on identity or similarity to trade marks being already registered;
  • Advice on the absolute and relative grounds for refusal of registration of a trademark;
  • Preparation and compiling an application for a trademark to the Patent Office, incl. international registration of a trademark;
  • Drafting oppositions against trademark applications, responses to oppositions lodged, requests for deletion and cancellation of trademarks;
  • Consulting upon conflict between trademarks and company names;
  • Monitoring a trademark with regard to similar or identical trademarks subsequently applied for;
  • Protection of trademark rights through bringing civil-law, administrative-law and criminal-law actions.
Patents
  • Search for novelty, state-of-the-art and patentability of inventions;
  • Drafting, compiling and submission of an application for patent registration on national and international level;
  • Maintenance and extension of the term of validity of patents;
  • Drafting agreements on use and transfer of patent rights;
  • Filing of action in the event of infringed patent rights.
Utility models
  • Search for novelty, inventive step and industrial application of utility models;
  • Registration of utility models with the Patent Office;
  • Extension of the term of validity of the registration;
  • Filing of action in the event of infringed utility model rights.
Industrial design
  • Search for novelty and originality of the industrial design;
  • Registration of the industrial design with the Patent Office;
  • Extension of the term of validity of the industrial design;
  • Drafting license agreements for use of the industrial design;
  • Filing of action in the event of infringed industrial design rights.
Internet law
  • Consulting on registration of trademarks as internet domains;
  • Analysis of the options of taking measures against theft of content and personal data posted on web sites;
  • Unauthorized use of domain for the purpose of benefiting from the popularity of the respective name;
  • Protection of the copyright in objects on web sites;
  • Legal representation before the relevant authorities and in court.

Law of Succession

Advice on the best approach to disposing of the patrimonial property upon opening of succession
  • Elucidating the possible legal options open to the client for disposing of the testator’s property following his/her death;
  • Considering the kinship ties of the deceased and the chances of the heirs with a reserved portion of the estate to appeal the will;
  • Drawing up agreements for sale of succession, wills, applications etc.
Determination of a heir’ s share
  • Determination of the persons entitled to a share of the succession, the order and quotas of a succession;
  • Checking up on the existence of other universal or singular successors of the testator and their quotas;
  • Calculation of the succession quotas as fractions.
Entrance upon and relinquishment of succession
  • Elucidating the ways and the procedure for entrance upon succession;
  • Making the client familiar with the legal consequences of an ordinary entrance upon a succession, entrance upon a succession by way of inventory, and the legal consequences of a relinquishment of the succession.
  • Determination of a period of time for entrance upon a succession in case of a demand on the part of a creditor of the deceased;
  • Drawing up specific applications to the court for entrance upon and relinquishment of succession;
  • Clarification of the tax and legal aspects of the succession.
Drawing up and announcement of wills
  • Clarification of the types, forms and manners of drawing up wills;
  • Assistance in compiling a notarized or a handwritten will;
  • Support upon announcement or entry of a will into the Land Register;
  • Declaration of wills as to the nullity.
Restoration of a reserved share of an estate
  • Determination of the freely disposable and reserved portion of the estate;
  • Determination of the persons having a reserved portion of the estate and determination of their quotas;
  • Legal representation in claims on restoration of the reserved portion.
Partition of the patrimonial estate in court and out-of-court procedures
  • Determination of the persons entitled to take part in the partition and the quotas of succession;
  • Determination of the divisibility of a jointly owned estate;
  • Drawing up agreements for a voluntary partition in the form as required by law, entry of the agreements into the Land Register;
  • Legal representation in proceedings for a judicial partition of the estate.
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Concordia res parvae crescent. Work together to accomplish more.
Nam et ipsa scientia potestas es. Knowledge is power.
Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit. To boldly go where no man has gone before.
Facta, non verba. Deeds, not words.
Ubi concordia, ibi victoria. Where is the unity, there is the victory.

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