There are times when you might need the help of a lawyer in Denmark. Reasons could range from trouble with landlords to employment issues to family-related problems.
There are some free or low cost legal help options that are subsidized by the state or offered for free by volunteers.
Legal Aid, Retshjælp i Danmark offers services in the areas of:
- Social welfare, including cases with the municipalities
- Leases and rental agreements, including property rental contracts
- Immigration law, including asylum cases
You can also contact them about other legal problems. Note that if you wish to consult them on family reunification issues you will need to book an appointment for a Tuesday. They also currently offer an email response service in Danish, English, Arabic, Kurdish and Turkish. They are located in central Aalborg, and their contact details can be found here.
Lejernes Landsorganisation i Danmark, the national tenants association, deals with disagreements and other issues related to rental housing. Their website covers tenancy law in Denmark (available only in Danish), and they have offices in Frederikshaven, Hjørring, Mariagerfjord,and Aalborg. Telephone consultation hours and email addresses are listed on the website. You may communicate with them in English.
If you are seeking free, immediate legal advice, you can also consult with an Advokatvagten (‘legal aid’) service (their website summary is available in English, Turkish, Somali and Arabic). You can find your nearest advisor here. This service acts as a “legal emergency room” where you will be given a quick legal assessment of your case. It is completely anonymous, and it will not be written down or made into a case. They will not be able to give written assessments or help with legal documents, but they will be able to advise you on how to proceed with your case. The appointments are conducted in Danish, so you will need to arrange to bring an interpreter with you.
The general advice is to seek out legal help sooner rather than later.
Legal Aid Financing
In the Danish legal system there are a number of ways you can receive grants to subsidize the cost of a lawyer. In most cases, however, your income must be below a certain level for you to qualify for help. The Danish Bar and Law Society explains the system of legal aid in English here.