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Do you need a lawyer?

In legal matters, you can get help from a lawyer. He or she will advise you and ensure that your rights are secured.

When you seek help from a lawyer, you should find out whether they are competent in the matters that you need help with. Not all firms or people who offer help with legal matters are necessarily competent.

Legal aid

The services of a lawyer are subject to a fee, but if your income is low or average, you may be eligible for free or partially reimbursed legal aid from the Public Legal Aid Office (oikeusaputoimisto). Public legal aid is also provided in English and, if necessary, the services of an interpreter may be employed. Public legal aid can be applied for at the Public Legal Aid Office.

If you have legal expenses insurance (oikeusturvavakuutus) to cover your legal costs, you are not eligible for public legal aid. Legal expenses insurance is often included in home insurance policies.

linkkiMinistry of Justice:
Legal aidFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Arabic

linkkiPublic Legal Aid Office:
Information on legal aidFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiJudicial system:
Legal Aid OfficesFinnish | Swedish | English

Private lawyers and attorneys

You can search for a lawyer through the Finnish Bar Association’s Etsi asianajaja service, for example.

If you need a lawyer’s help with an issue connected to residence permits or applying for Finnish citizenship, you can contact the Refugee Advice Centre, which employs lawyers who specialise in permit issues.

linkkiThe Finnish Bar Association:
LawyersFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiRefugee Advice Centre:
Legal aid for refugeesFinnish | Swedish | English

Advice with legal matters

Refugee Advice Centre (Pakolaisneuvonta)

The Refugee Advice Centre (Pakolaisneuvonta) provides legal advice to asylum seekers, refugees and other foreigners free of charge. Counselling is available in Finnish and English. You can also send e-mail.

09 2313 9325 (Mon–Fri at 10 am–12 noon)
E-mail: neuvonta(at)pakolaisneuvonta.fi

Advice for undocumented foreigners: 045 2377 104 (Mondays at 2–4 pm).
E-mail: paperittomat(at)pakolaisneuvonta.fi

Victim Support Finland

Information on what to do if you fall victim to an offence is available on the InfoFinland page Crimes.

linkkiMinistry of Justice:
If You Become a Victim of a Crime brochureFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | Somali | Arabic

linkkiVictim Support Finland:
Legal advice for victims of crimeFinnish | Swedish

Other counselling services

You can find more counselling services on the InfoFinland page Call and ask for advice.