Accessing Australian Legal Advice
At a minimum, every expatriate needs to have some working knowledge of two legal systems; that of their current “host” country and base country. Exfin concentrates on providing Australian expatriates with access to legal advice in Australia in relation to Australian legal matters - although we sometimes assist with introductions to legal advisors in other jurisdictions. Host country legal issues, such as those relating to local contract and commercial issues, criminal and civil matters, should be referred to carefully selected local firms - ideally those with other expatriate clientele.
The range of issues that an Australian expatriate might need to seek advice in relation to is at least as wide as if he or she had remained in Australia – perhaps even wider because of the potential impact of dual jurisdictions. Issues include:
The breadth of issues that might arise in the course of an assignment are very wide, and personal situations so varied, that it is difficult to provide specific information to expatriates, or would be expatriates, in relation to legal matters. Instead, we provide access to legal practitioners in Australia who are experienced in providing advice to expatriates and situations involving two or more, sometimes competing, legal jurisdictions.