for Private Individuals
According to Item 4, Article 2 of the Federal
Law “On the Bar and bar activities in the Russian Federation”, attorneys
have the right to provide services and consultations for private
individuals on legal issues, to represent their interests in government
bodies and other organizations of the Russian Federation, in courts of
general jurisdiction on civil, criminal and administrative cases in
defense of their clients and trustees.
There is a growing trend towards the use of
long-term legal assistance agreements which best serve interests of
private individuals. These agreements (or assignments) may include a
highly diversified list of legal services provided for one or several
clients and/or members of their families. In most European countries
agreements such as this allow for an individual or a group of individuals
to hire a “personal advocate” or “family advocate”.
Many people, as far as their activities and
mentality are concerned, feel the need in professional defense of their
interests and on-going legal consultations. This area of legal profession
includes composing applications, appeals and other legal documents,
carrying out specific assignments on behalf of a client, representing
client’s interests in various government agencies, such as the Agency of
Internal Affairs, Department of Internal Affairs, Passport Agency,
Housing Agency (DEZ), house-management offices, “Rosenergo” Electric
Company, courts, and other organizations.
The long-term legal assistance agreement was
just recently introduced to ordinary people. For some people it is not
even known yet, the others cannot afford it. However, I am confident
that, as time goes by, this type of service will be greatly acknowledged
by those who lacked it for many years.