The international lifestyle requires an open mindset and the ability to solve new challenges. Adjusting to a new country may require some compromise, but it does not mean giving up your freedom. Here are a few situations when it is wise to fight for your rights as an expat in the Netherlands.
Moving country is always complicated, but should things go wrong during the migration process, these problems can affect family, work, housing, and even your future rights to access the country. As such, this is not an area to make mistakes.
Whether you’re a highly skilled migrant, a European Blue Card holder, a participant in the ICT Directive, or your company is in the process of becoming a recognised sponsor, you need to follow the correct migration process from the start. GMW lawyers can help you to prevent problems or find solutions for any existing migration issues you face in the Netherlands.
A new life brings new challenges to even the strongest family. As priorities change, you may need to re-examine your legal rights or obligations in the Netherlands, or re-think your plans for the future.
Family is a precious resource, and one that is always worth fighting for. With highly experienced experts and access to a wide network of lawyers abroad, our Family & Inheritance section can help you solve the most complex challenges. For assistance on topics including (international) divorce, alimony and maintenance, custody, child abduction, inheritance and other family law issues, get in touch with us.
Home sweet home
The housing market in the Netherlands is dynamic, fast-paced, and extremely competitive. If your move involves buying or selling a home, getting legal advice is well advised. Real estate laws vary by country and even by city, as do the obligations for home owners. A good lawyer can point out key considerations, potential pitfalls, and advise you on the relevant local issues and processes.
Contact us for help with all aspects of real estate law, and support for legal disputes over residential and apartment rights, homeowners’ association law, administrative issues such as licenses, and tenders and public-private partnerships.
The wonderful world of work
Work is often the foundation for an international life. It can drive our direction, define our identity in a new country, or serve as the bridge to meeting new people. It’s not surprising then that problems at work can cause a great deal of stress. So what warrants involving a lawyer?
Consider asking a lawyer to check your new employment contract before you sign up for a new job. They can advise you on your rights under Dutch law and point out key considerations such as non-compete clauses, vacation days and holiday money.
If you face serious trouble at work, it is always worthwhile consulting a lawyer. Think of your employer proposing a salary cut, performance improvement plan or a demotion – all of these situations could signal that your employment is at risk. Likewise, if you lose your job, call a lawyer as soon as possible. Whether you face a dismissal or your employer offers you a settlement agreement, getting legal advice in good time could significantly affect your financial future.
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We can work it out
GMW lawyers has been helping expats in the Netherlands to solve their legal problems since 1989. With lawyers who have been expats themselves, we understand the specific challenges and needs of internationals living abroad, and offer a range of legal services. Contact us by phone on 070 3615048 or make an appointment online.
This article was originally published on IamExpat