Lawyer costs

In accordance with judgement of the Republic of Latvia Supreme Court Senate Department for Civil Cases of 10 November 2010 in Case No. SKC-625/2010, the notion "advocate" included in Civil Procedure Law (Section 33, part (3), paragraph 1) and Section 44, part (1), paragraph 1)) shall be interpreted extensively, meaning by that not only the sworn advocates and assistants to advocates but also other qualified lawyers who can render legal services and act as representatives in a case.


On April 2, 2012 a new type of person identifying document was introduced in Latvia: personal certificate or electronic identity card (eID). Receipt of eID card can be requested for at any division of Office for Citizenship and Migration Affairs (OCMA) upon production of passport. Photographing and fingerprint scanning is carried out by OCMA onsite. Making of eID card will take 10 business days and require payment of LVL 10.00 fee. Children and teenagers under 20, pensioners and first and second group disabled persons will have to pay LVL 5.00. Accelerated making of eID card will cost LVL 20.00.

Incoterms 2010

January 1, 2011 new Incoterms 2010 rules developed by International Chamber of Commerce came into effect.

Incoterms rules are not a generally binding legal regulatory enactment but a summarisation of commercial practice which only will become binding for the parties when they will have included in their purchase-and-sale contract a direct reference to effective edition and specific term from Incoterms. Starting with January 1, 2011, if a contract does not include a reference to any of previous Incoterms versions, it shall be deemed that the reference is made to Incoterms 2010.