Iraq Lawyer has expertise in the following practice areas of the law in more than one jurisdiction…
1- Services for Iraqi expatriates worldwide
We assist Iraqi expatriates , those of Iraqi origin and their descendants worldwide with all matters that involve attending government departments or the courts in the federal republic of Iraq including the Kurdistan region. The majority of our work involves property or assets inside Iraq. Some of these cases are straightforward, where the main issue is that the Client cannot return to Iraq for whatever reason. Other cases, where the property or assets was seized unlawfully – perhaps through fraud or betrayal of trust – can be more complex . The latter cases need to be handled through the civil and possibly criminal courts. In all cases our first step is to establish the current legal ownership or the property by attending the responsible government department for property registration and advising the Client accordingly (Case Study #1).
2- Services involving the Iraqi Embassy in London
We assist with all the matters that involve attending the Iraqi Embassy in London through Iraq lawyer associates who are based in the UK. Examples include: Iraqi Birth Certificate, Identity of the Iraqi Civil Status, Iraqi Nationality Certificate, Non-Criminal Record Certificate, Power of Attorney, Notification and Depose of the representative (proxy), Visa to Iraq, legalization, Life Certificate and Iraqi Death Certificate. Most of these cases are straightforward and can be resolved by Iraq lawyer associates in the UK. In some cases, however, the original Iraqi documents or certificates are needed to complete the transaction and, in such cases, we would call upon Iraq lawyer associates inside Iraq to procure the originals (Iraq lawyer Case #1)
3. Process Servers Iraq
Iraq lawyer offers a comprehensive “Process Server” function of legal and other type of documents on the individuals named in the document located anywhere across the whole of Iraq. The network of Iraq lawyer process servers can deliver or “serve” all type of legal documents on the defendant or person named in the document. After serving the legal document, Iraq lawyer process servers deliver actual evidence that the legal papers were served, and this evidence is notarized and given to the Client. The documents that are in the process may include:
- Writs: A writ is simply the name given to an order given, in writing, by a court.
- Subpoenas: A subpoena is a type of writ (court order) which is used to let a person know that they are supposed to testify before a court.
- Complaints: A complaint is a legal document that explains why a person is being sued, what the specific claim is, and any other important details of a case.
- Summonses: A summons is the actual order given to appear in court.
- In addition and depending on the jurisdiction of origin, the following can also be served: Civil summons, civil complaint, eviction, orders of protection, injunctions prohibiting harassment, petitions for supplemental proceedings, child support, divorce papers, and collection letters.
4.Visas to the Republic of Iraq (outside the Kurdistan Region)
The general rule regarding obtaining a Visa to enter Iraq for applicants who are not Iraqi nationals is that the applicant needs to convince the Iraqi authorities (the relevant Residence Directorate) that the applicant has a valid reason for entering Iraq. There are a number of exceptions to this rule depending on bilateral arrangements between the passport issuing country and Iraq or if the applicant is travelling with a registered tour company. Exceptions also apply to foreign investors who wish to invest in projects inside Iraq who need endorsement letters from their companies or invitations from the government department they wish to contact. For all other Visa applicants who are not covered by the above exceptions, Iraq Lawyer attorneys can facilitate the Visa application process depending on the specific circumstances of the applicant and their reason for visiting Iraq.
5.Visas to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
The process for obtaining a Visa to enter the Kurdistan Region is different from that for the rest of Iraq. The current Kurdish visa, however, does not allow foreigners to travel to other parts of Iraq, beyond the KRG’s administrated areas. Nationals from around forty countries (United States, European Union, UAE, Qatar, Australia, Japan, Kuwait, South Korea, New Zealand and others) can receive visas on arrival. Travelers holding passports from other countries do require a Visa which is issued by the Residence Directorate in Erbil or Sulaimani. The Residence Directorate requires the Visa applicant to have an Iraqi sponsor, guarantor or to have been invited by a company, organization or association. Iraq Lawyer attorneys can facilitate the Visa application process in Kurdistan depending on the specific circumstances of the applicant and their reason for visiting Iraqi Kurdistan.
Demonstrating Iraq Lawyer Expertise
There are internationally accepted guidelines which apply to how law firms should refer to actual cases where they have represented Clients. The guidelines differ according to the jurisdiction. For example:
- The American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct
- The SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) Code of Conduct 2011
- Iraqi Bar Association and the autonomous Kurdistan Bar Association
We at Iraq Lawyer are committed to upholding the highest ethical professional standards across all the jurisdictions where we may represent Clients. At the same time, we are keen to demonstrate to the public and to prospective clients our expertise in those Practice Areas where we assert that we do possess such expertise. Our approach to reconciling these two requirements without creating a potential Conflict of Interest is the following:
Iraq Lawyer Case File – Here we report factual narrative about past and present cases where we have represented actual Clients and where the explicit consent of the Client has been obtained to put the case information in the public domain.
Iraq Lawyer Case Studies – These are hypothetical cases which we have created to demonstrate how we would deal with a particular with a hypothetical Client in a particular Practice Area of the law.