The Brazilian Bar Association has approved a new ID card scheme for Foreign Legal Consultants. To receive the Foreign Legal Consultant ID applicants must provide the following to the relevant state bar:

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  • a residence visa in Brazil;
  • evidence of being accredited to exercise the legal profession and/or registered at their country’s Bar Association or equivalent institution; should applicants, at any time, not comply with one of these requirements, their accreditation may be revoked;
  • evidence of good conduct and reputation, certified in a document signed by the original country’s institution and by three Brazilian lawyers regularly registered at the OAB’s State Chapter, in which applicants intend to work;
  • evidence that they have not been subject to any disciplinary penalty, by means of a clearance certificate issued by the Bar Association or equivalent institution from the country or State where applicant are allowed to exercise the legal profession, or otherwise, a statement that they have never been punished for disciplinary infraction; applicants may have their accreditation revoked, should it be proven that they have been subject to a disciplinary penalty in their country or place of origin, in any other country or in Brazil, after registered;
  • evidence that they have not been condemned by a final judgment in a criminal lawsuit, in their place of origin and in the Brazilian city where they intend to give legal advice on international law; applicants may have their accreditation revoked, should it be proven that they have been criminally convicted in their country or place of origin, in any other country or in Brazil;
  • evidence of reciprocity of treatment given to Brazilian lawyers in the applicants’ country or place of origin (available from the Law Society’s International Department).

The Brazilian Bar Association’s accreditation only enables the practice of consultancy on the law of the foreign professional’s country or place of origin.

Download the Law Society’s Doing legal business in Brazil guide.

 

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