Dr. Foerster, Schäfer & Wiesner, lawyers
Dr. Thomas Foerster, lawyer and notary,
recognized specialist lawyer (Fachanwalt ) for succession law
Dagmar Foerster, lawyer,
recognized specialist lawyer (Fachanwalt) for family law
Uwe Schäfer, lawyer and notary,
recognized specialist lawyer (Fachanwalt) for employment law
Ute Mahlendorf-Schäfer, lawyer,
recognized specialist lawyer (Fachanwalt) for family law, mediator
Wilko Wiesner LL.B., lawyer and notary
Sabine Kötter, lawyer
Main office, licensed and official seat of the notaries:
Telephone: +49 (5248) 967
Fax: +49 (5248) 7231
Branch office for legal services:
Telephone: +49 (5241) 210 17 17
Fax: +49 (5241) 210 17 18
Tax no.: DE126814272
The partnership is represented by partners Dr. Thomas Foerster, Dagmar Foerster, Uwe Schäfer and Wilko Wiesner, each authorized to act as sole representative.
For the duration of their admission to practice law by the Amtsgericht (local court) Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Dr. Foerster and Uwe Schäfer have also been appointed notaries for the district of jurisdiction of the Oberlandesgericht (higher regional court) Hamm, which has designated Langenberg as their official seat.
The professional conduct of (German) lawyers is chiefly governed by the following statutory regulations:
- Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung (BRAO, German Federal Lawyers’ Act)
- Rechtsanwaltsvergütungsgesetz (RVG, Lawyers’ Fees Act)
- Berufsordnung der Rechtsanwälte (BORA, Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Practice)
- Fachanwaltschaftsordnungen (FAO, Regulations concerning recognized specialist lawyers)
- Code of Conduct of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE)
The professional regulations may be obtained via the homepage of the Federal Bar Association (www.brak.de) by clicking on “Berufsrecht” which opens a link to the German and English versions.
The professional conduct of notaries is chiefly governed by the following regulations:
- Bundesnotarordnung (BNotO, Federal Notaries’ Code)
- Beurkundungsgesetz (BeurkG, Official Recording of Documents Act)
- Kostenordnung (KostO, Court Fee Rules)
- Dienstordnung für Notarinnen und Notare (DONot, Service regulations for notaries)
- Regulations of the Westphalian Notaries’ Association
The professional regulations may be inspected at the offices of the competent Notaries’ Association in Hamm. They may also be obtained via the hompage of the Federal Notaries’ Association (Bundesnotarkammer). The regulations of the Westphalian Notaries’ Association are available via their homepage (www.westfaelische-notarkammer.de) under “Fachinformationen” and then the heading “Normen”.
The German Federal Lawyers’ Act (BRAO) stipulates that practising lawyers shall purchase and maintain professional liability insurance to provide cover of at least 250,000 euros. Details are set forth in section 51 BRAO.
Dr. Thomas Foerster, Dagmar Foerster, Uwe Schäfer, Ute Mahlendorf-Schäfer, Wilko Wiesner and Sabine Hiekel have purchased professional liability insurance for their work as lawyers from the Westfälische Provinzial Versicherung AG, Provinzial-Allee 1, 48159 Münster. This insurance does not cover indemnity claims from activities
- via law practices or offices set up or maintained in other countries;
- in connection with counselling on and dealing with non-European law;
- performed by the lawyer before non-European courts.
The Federal Notaries’ Code (BNotO) enjoins notaries to take additional professional liability insurance providing cover of at least 500,000 euros. The details are set forth in section 19a BNotO.
Dr. Thomas Foerster, Uwe Schäfer and Wilko Wiesner purchased professional liability insurance for their work as notaries from the Westfälische Provinzial Versicherung AG, Provinzial-Allee 1, 48159 Münster. The insurance cover does not include indemnity claims arising from activities in connection with offering advice on the laws of the United States of America (including the laws obtaining in individual states thereof) or Canada, unless the breach of official duty should lie in a failure to recognize the possibility that such could be governing law.
The law practice maintains a permanent cooperative arrangement and also shares office premises with the tax consultancy Dieding, Tax Consultant Hugo Dieding, Hauptstr. 55, 33449 Langenberg (www.stb-dieding.de).
In cases of dispute between lawyers and their clients, application may be made to the out of court arbitration service of the regional Bar Association in Hamm (pursuant to section 73 par 2 no. 3 in conjunction with section 73 par. 5 BRAO) or the arbitration service of the legal profession (section 191f BRAO) within the Federal Bar Association, details available via their homepage (www.brak.de),
Competent Authority for Consumer Dispute Resolution on financial disputes up to the value of EUR 50,000: Conciliation Board of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers („Schlichtungsstelle der Rechtsanwaltschaft“), Neue Grünstr. 17, 10179 Berlin, www.s-d-r.org. We are neither willing nor obliged to participate in such dispute resolution proceedings.
Competent supervisory body for notaries: Der Präsident des Landgerichts Bielefeld, Niederwall 71, 33602 Bielefeld, Tel.: 0521-5490, Fax: 0521-5491026.
Competent chamber of notaries: Westfälische Notarkammer, Ostenallee 18, 59063 Hamm, Tel.: 02381-96959-0, Fax: 02381-96959-51, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Internet: www.westfaelische-notarkammer.de.
Occupational Title: Rechtsanwalt / Rechtsanwältin; Notar/Notarin.
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