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.