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Types of Law Firms

In Austria, sole entrepreneurs and civil-law associations of lawyers (GesbR) prevail.

Since 1990, lawyers have also been able to form a partnership, which is registered in the Business Register:

  • Offene Gesellschaft (OG) (general partnership) or 
  • Kommanditgesellschaft (KG) (limited partnership) (limited partners may be the spouse, children, retired lawyers). 
  • Since 1999, the legal profession may be exercised in the legal form of a limited liability company (GmbH). Since 1999, lawyers have also been entitled to establish branches, in addition to their registered office.

Since 2013, lawyers may choose the special form of a GmbH & Co KG (a limited partnership where the general partner is a GmbH).

All types of law firms adhere to the same principle: your lawyer's advice will in any case be personal and confidential.

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