Legal Aid Guarantees Protection Under the Law, No Matter the Amount of Wealth

It is very likely that most people in their lives run into a situation or a question that would best be solved with legal expertise. This is true for both wealthy and not-so-wealthy. Especially in situations where a person with small income is faced with a sudden and surprising need of help, the threshold for getting expert help can be high.

The Finnish legal aid system is a way of the Finnish state to offer an option and possibility for a person with small income to receive the legal help they need without getting bankrupt.

The need for legal aid is already often estimated in the first meeting between the client and their legal counsel, after which if the basic requirements are fulfilled the application for legal aid on behalf of the client can be made.

Legal aid can be granted to a person with a home in Finland, or with a home in an another EU-Member State or a state belonging to the EFTA (European Free Trade Area). Legal aid can also be granted to any person whose issue is being handled by the Finnish court system, if there are special circumstances. Legal aid then will not usually be granted to proceedings outside of the Finnish court system (“ulkoprosessuaalinen asia”), these are for example the division of patrimony as a result of a divorce, or an issue being handled only by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kansaneläkelaitos, “Kela”).

This means that there are no nationality-requirements for getting legal aid, for example a asylum seeker or a EU-citizen temporarily residing in Finland can freely apply for legal aid and receive it.

Legal aid is granted either completely without a part to be paid by the client, meaning that the use of legal counsel is completely free for the client, or with a deductible, meaning that the client will have to pay some of the fees resulting from legal aid with the Finnish state paying for a certain percentage.

The decision of the “extent” of the legal aid will be made according to the economic situation of the applicant (client). The main factor within the client’s economic situation is their “usable income”, which means the amount of money the applicant has at their disposal each month after all the regular payments they make. In determining the amount and extent of legal aid the marital status of the applicant is also taken into account.

As a main rule, an unmarried person is granted the “full” legal aid without a deductible if their monthly usable income are 600euro or less. A married person will receive the full legal aid if their monthly usable income are 550euro or less.

Legal aid will not be granted at all to a person, married or otherwise, if their monthly usable income are over 1 300euro, meaning that if the amount of monthly usable income is less than 1 300euro legal aid can be granted at least with a deductible. The amount of the deductible will be progressively a smaller percentage the lower the monthly usable income is.

As a general rule, social benefits (excluding housing aid “asumistuki”) or income support will not be taken into account when calculating the monthly usable income.

If and when all of this sounds complicated, there is a calculating form on the website of Finnish ministry of justice which gives quite accurate estimates on whether and what kind of legal aid you would qualify for.

Companies and other legal persons are are excluded from receiving legal aid. This means that even if a company is in legal trouble it cannot receive legal aid for its issue.

Also, if the person needing legal aid has insurance covering legal expenses, that will be primary in relation to the granting of legal aid. You will then only receive legal aid to the deductible of the insurance covering legal expenses. Many already have such insurances usually bundled with home insurance, so you might not need to apply for it separately.

Legal aid covers the necessary actions taken by legal counsel in dealing with your issue, counseling in court and other authorities, and exemption from some fees related to the processing of the case as laid down in law.

The best thing about the legal aid scheme is that it offers a possibility for lower-income people to access legal help and expertise needed for their problem, to whom such would be impossible or unreasonable without the aid.

However, the granting of legal aid is tied to the situation and the process, where then the best option on receiving legal aid and the best help for your issue is to ask your legal counsel in your first meeting about legal aid. These first meetings are fully free in case there is no resulting assignment, or atleast at Autio Associates they are.

Lakimies Jalmari Männistö

Jalmari Männistö
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Maksuvaikeudet

Maksuvaikeudet

Maksuvaikeudet kohtaavat niin yrityksiä kuin yksityishenkilöitä. Silloin on tärkeää ymmärtää velkojan ja velalliset erilaiset intressit ja niistä syntyvät mahdollisuudet ratkaista tilanne. Paras ratkaisu syntyy parhaan ratkaisukeinon oikea-aikaisella valinnalla.

Työ- ja virkasuhteet

Työ- ja virkasuhteet

Työ- ja virkasuhteisiin liittyy erilaisia ongelmatilanteita, joista jokainen on ainutlaatuinen kokemus. Omista oikeuksistaan kannattaa huolehtia niin yrityksen kuin työntekijän.

Vahingonkorvaus

Vahingonkorvaus

Vahingonkorvausvastuu voi koskettaa niin yritystä kuin yksityishenkilöä. Vastuu ja periaatteet ovat erilaisia riippuen siitä, onko kyseessä sopimuksen ulkoinen vai sopimukseen kuuluva vastuu.

Verotus

Verotus

Verosuunnittelu voi tuoda huomattavia säästöjä niin yritykselle kuin yksityishenkilölle. Asiantuntijamme auttavat sinua myös verotusasioissa.

Perhe- ja perintöasiat

Perhe- ja perintöasiat

Lainsäädäntö kattaa lähes jokaisen elämän osa-alueen ja määrittää meidän oikeutemme ja velvollisuutemme elämän eri vaiheissa. Perhe- ja perintöoikeudellisista asioista voidaan sopia ennalta, mutta riidoiltakaan ei aina vältytä.

Kiinteistöt

Kiinteistöt

Kiinteistö tai asunto-osake on merkittävä hankinta, johon sisältyy myös huomattavia riskejä. Yritykselle toimitiloihin puolestaan liittyy usein pitkiäkin sopimussuhteita.

Riidanratkaisu

Riidanratkaisu

Sovinto on usein asiakkaan kannalta oikeudenkäyntiä nopeampi ja edullisempi ratkaisu. Jos sovintoa ei löydy, voidaan asiaa ajaa tuomioistuin- tai välimiesmenettelyssä. Selvitämme asiakkaamme puolesta oikeusturvavakuutuksen käyttämisen mahdollisuudet sekä oikeusavun myöntämisen edellytykset.

Rikosasiat

Rikosasiat

Rikosasioissa kannattaa turvautua asiantuntijan apuun ajoissa.

Lakimies Jukka Autio

Jukka Autio


Managing Partner
Luvan saanut oikeudenkäyntiavustaja

 

Yhteys

010 583 5581, jukka.autio@autioassociates.com

Opinnot

OTM, KTM, HHJ

Erityisosaamisalueet

Yhtiöoikeus, riidanratkaisu, vero-oikeus, rikosoikeus, perhe- ja jäämistöoikeus

Kielet

Suomi, englanti

Lakimies Jouni Aarnio

Jouni Aarnio


Associate
Luvan saanut oikeudenkäyntiavustaja

 

Yhteys

010 583 5582, jouni.aarnio@autioassociates.com

Opinnot

OTM

Erityisosaamisalueet

Sopimusoikeus, yhtiöoikeus, riidanratkaisu, urheiluoikeus

Kielet

Suomi, englanti

Lakimies Elias Rauhala

Elias Rauhala


Associate
Luvan saanut oikeudenkäyntiavustaja

 

Yhteys

010 583 5589, elias.rauhala@autioassociates.com

Opinnot

OTM

Erityisosaamisalueet

Yhtiöoikeus, sopimusoikeus, riidanratkaisu, rikosoikeus

Kielet

Suomi, ruotsi, englanti

Lakimies Ville Peurasuo

Ville Peurasuo


Associate 

 

Yhteys

010 583 5586, ville.peurasuo@autioassociates.com

Opinnot

OTM, LKV, LVV

Erityisosaamisalueet

Yhtiöoikeus, perhe- ja jäämistöoikeus, työoikeus, rikosoikeus

Kielet

Suomi, ruotsi, englanti, saksa

Lakimies Nico Mesiäinen

Nico Mesiäinen


Associate Trainee

 

Yhteys

050 591 1036, nico.mesiainen@autioassociates.com

Opinnot

ON

Erityisosaamisalueet

Yhtiöoikeus, sopimusoikeus, riidanratkaisu, eurooppaoikeus, kansainvälinen oikeus

Kielet

Suomi, ruotsi, englanti, saksa

Lakimies Julius Autio

Julius Autio


Associate Trainee

 

Yhteys

010 583 5585, julius.autio@autioassociates.com

Opinnot

Oik. yo, kaup. yo

Erityisosaamisalueet

Yhtiöoikeus, sopimusoikeus, vero-oikeus, vahingonkorvausoikeus

Kielet

Suomi, ruotsi, englanti, ranska

Lakimies Lauri Miikkulainen

Lauri Miikkulainen


Associate Trainee

 

Yhteys

010 583 5583, lauri.miikkulainen@autioassociates.com

Opinnot

ON, tradenomi

Erityisosaamisalueet

Yhtiöoikeus, riidanratkaisu, vahingonkorvausoikeus, sopimusoikeus

Kielet

Suomi, englanti

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Financing and Business Development

Financing and Business Development

Although the type, scope and content of activities vary, the need for development and financing is common to all entrepreneurs. When changes occur, an entrepreneur faces numerous challenges that may have devastating economic consequences. In addition to normal consultative and litigation matters, we serve as a long-term partner for your company.

Insolvency

Insolvency

Both companies and private individuals can experience payment difficulties for a variety of reasons. Financial difficulties and insolvency are a matter of the different interests of the creditor and debtor. To solve the situation, it is important to select the best possible measure at the right time.

Employment in Private or Public Sector

Employment in Private or Public Sector

Public service employment and employment relationships in private sector involve different kind of problematic situations, each of which is unique in its own right. Societal/social changes and economic uncertainty always present challenges to the work community. It is worth seeing to your rights.

Damages

Damages

Both corporations and private individuals may be liable for damages. On the other hand, they may both suffer damage and be entitled to compensation. The liability and principles differ depending on whether the matter involves a so-called contractual or non-contractual liability.

Taxation

Taxation

A large part of a company’s expenses and a private person’s finances is taxation-related. There are several ways to achieve the best possible tax solutions, and tax planning can provide considerable savings. Our firm has solid experience in consulting on complex taxation issues.

Family and Inheritance

Family and Inheritance

The law covers almost every aspect of our lives and determines our rights and responsibilities in the different phases of everyday life. Although matters related to family and inheritance law can be arranged and settled beforehand, disputes do arise every now and then.

Real Estate

Real Estate

Purchasing real estate or a share of stock in a housing corporation is a considerable acquisition and, for most of us, also represents the biggest financial decision in our lives. At the same time, housing involves many other values and considerable risks. For a company, a business premises is a valuable investment that might involve a long contractual relationship.

Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution

From the customer’s point of view, reconciliation is often a faster and more cost-effective solution than a trial. If reconciliation cannot be achieved, we provide you with solid experience and expertise in court as well as in arbitration proceedings. We will also determine whether legal expenses insurance is available and whether legal aid can be granted.

Criminal Cases

Criminal Cases

Crime-related matters can surprise even a conscientious citizen. As the criminal sanctions may be severe, we recommend seeking help from an expert immediately.

Lawyer Jukka Autio

Jukka Autio


Managing Partner
Licensed Legal Counsel

 

Contact

+358 10 583 5581, jukka.autio@autioassociates.com

Studies

LLM, MSC (Econ. & Bus. Adm.), ABM

Expertise

Company Law, Dispute Resolution, Tax Law, Criminal Law, Family Law

Language skills

Finnish, English

Lawyer Jouni Aarnio

Jouni Aarnio


Associate
Licensed Legal Counsel

 

Contact

+358 10 583 5582, jouni.aarnio@autioassociates.com

Studies

LLM

Expertise

Contract Law, Company Law, Dispute Resolution, Sports Law

Language skills

Finnish, English

Lawyer Elias Rauhala

Elias Rauhala


Associate
Licensed Legal Counsel

 

Contact

+358 10 583 5589, elias.rauhala@autioassociates.com

Studies

LLM

Expertise

Company Law, Contract law, Dispute Resolution, Criminal Law

Language skills

Finnish, Swedish, English

Lawyer Ville Peurasuo

Ville Peurasuo


Associate 

 

Contact

+358 10 583 5586, ville.peurasuo@autioassociates.com

Studies

LLM, LKV, LVV

Expertise

Company Law, Family and Inheritance Law, Employment Law, Criminal Law

Language skills

Finnish, Swedish, English, German

Lawyer Nico Mesiäinen

Nico Mesiäinen


Associate Trainee

 

Contact

+358 50 591 1036, nico.mesiainen@autioassociates.com

Studies

LLB (HONS)

Expertise

Company Law, Contract Law, Dispute Resolution, EU Law, International Law

Language skills

Finnish, Swedish, English, German

Lawyer Julius Autio

Julius Autio


Associate Trainee

 

Contact

+358 10 583 5585, julius.autio@autioassociates.com

Studies

Law and Business Student

Expertise

Company Law, Contract Law, Tax Law, Tort Law

Language skills

Finnish, Swedish, English, French

Lawyer Lauri Miikkulainen

Lauri Miikkulainen


Associate Trainee

 

Contact

+358 10 583 5583, lauri.miikkulainen@autioassociates.com

Studies

LLB, BBA

Expertise

Company Law, Dispute Resolution, Tort Law, Contract Law

Language skills

Finnish, English

Yhteydenotto / Palaute

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Lawyer Jalmari Männistö

Jalmari Männistö


Associate Trainee

 

Contact

+358 10 583 5580, info@autioassociates.com

Studies

Law Student

Expertise

European Union Law

Language skills

Finnish, English, Swedish

Lakimies Jalmari Männistö

Jalmari Männistö


Associate Trainee

 

Yhteys

+358 10 583 5580, info@autioassociates.com

Opinnot

Oikeustieteen ylioppilas

Erityisosaamisalueet

Eurooppaoikeus

Kielet

Suomi, englanti, ruotsi