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GMW Advocaten

Free legal advice on Divorce Day

Initiated by the vFAS (an association of lawyers specialised in personal and family law), law firms throughout the Netherlands open their doors to give free advice. Building on last years’ positive experiences, GMW’s LED lawyers will participate again. On 12 September 2014, from 09:00 until 19:00, you are welcome to visit the GMW offices (Scheveningseweg […]

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Why fit in when you were born to standout?

“Why fit in when you were born to standout?” Dr Seuss. A friend of mine asked how the IWD dinner went and the answer popped right up as I was so proud, “Because it was a real team effort, the evening became an unforgettable event.” Our founder, Suzy Ogé, flew all the way over from […]

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Legal Expat Desk – clarity – right from the source

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GMW Advocaten has launched a brand new Legal Expat Desk website. The website is meant to be an information portal, a hub facilitating quick access to legal information that is relevant to expats living in The Netherlands. Current issues and changes in Dutch and EU legislation are reflected in brief articles, written by a dedicated […]

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Statutory Indexation of Child and Spousal Alimony

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Each year, the Minister of Justice determines the alimony index. For 2012, the percentage is 1,3%, meaning that the allowance concluded in your divorce convenant or Court order will be automatically raised with 1,3% as of 1st January 2012. This percentage is based on the wage index which is determined by Statistics Netherlands (Centraal Bureau […]

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Changes in international family law

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In the EU, most matters of international family law are regulated by the European Commission, drawing on the Hague Conference on International Private Law. Recently, legislative efforts in Brussels and The Hague have resulted in three significant changes, which will reshape some core aspects of international family law. Legislative proposal 32358 – Abolition of the […]

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Further protection for expats against unjust dismissal!

In Holland an employee who has an indefinite contract can not be dismissed without the prior approval of a sub district court and / or the so called UWV Werkbedrijf. An employer must therefore file for dismissal. This is determined in article 6 of The BBA, Extraordinary Labour Relations Decree. Reliance on Dutch labour market […]

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The liability of a foreign legal entity / director

It is widely known that corporations have a limited responsibility, that is, that the corporation has its own, separate capital, which can be accessed in case of debts toward third parties. In the case of bankruptcy, however, the directors of a corporation can be held personally liable by the bankruptcy trustees, if maladministration can be […]

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Is your WIFI secured?

In theory, we all know that an unsecured wireless connection could be used by unauthorised persons, but do we really care? Well, we should – as some of those people might use our unsecured WIFI connection to commit a criminal act. Recently, a high school graduate posted threats on the Internet, geared at his old […]

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Divorce and exclusion clauses under Dutch law: inheritances

Be in the know! As there is no global consensus as to how best divide the assets of divorcing couples, there are sharp differences between the divorce laws of different countries. Expats in the Netherlands are often in for a big surprise when they discover that they have to share their inheritances with their (former) […]

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Diplomatic privileges and immunities and their boundaries

Over the past years The Hague has established itself as the international city of peace and justice, as it is home to a multitude of international organizations, NGOs and representatives of 175 states, out of which 98 have embassies in the city. GMW Advocaten new article in the Law Matters series explains some aspects of […]

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Tenancy agreement – are you in the know?

When moving abroad to a new posting, one of the most urgent and relevant issues to be addressed is housing – the quality, the price, the duration and, last but not least, the emotional and mental comfort of having a place called home. Many companies have their own, in-house relocation team that handles the legal […]

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