GMW lawyers – the legal partner for expats in the Netherlands

Expats face the daily challenge of building a new life in a foreign country with unfamiliar rules. As a result, many people are unsure about their rights. That is fine when things go smoothly – but when the going gets tough, it may be time to call a lawyer.

Lawyers for expats

When a situation escalates past a certain point, it can become impossible to solve it alone. That’s when you need a legal partner who can help you to work it out.

GMW lawyers has been helping expats in the Netherlands to solve their legal problems for more than 25 years. 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 to support you. Our lawyers are experts in their fields, with the knowledge and the experience to provide advice that you can trust.

Areas of legal expertise

GMW lawyers can assist you with family and inheritance law, employment and pension law, property and tenancy law, company and insolvency law and liability law.

Family law – Our divorce lawyers can assist you with family law issues ranging from pre-nuptial agreements to divorce, custody, partner alimony and child maintenance. Our inheritance lawyers can help you to deal with inheritance issues and advise you on your rights and obligations as an heir in the Netherlands. They can also advise you about estate planning, and specific issues such as appointing an executor or a guardian for your children.

Employment law – Our team can answer your questions about employment contracts, pensions and human resource policies. We can also help you deal with employment issues such as dismissal, performance, illness, non-competition clauses, outsourcing, collective bargaining agreements, privacy and discrimination. Our clients operate in virtually every industry and vary from knowledge workers, directors, corporate level executives and civil servants to entrepreneurs and independent professionals.

Property law – GMW lawyers can help you in all aspects of property law. Whether it is about the purchase, sale, construction, project development, financing or rental of property, our experts can help you find a solution. We work with: housing associations, property investors, property managers, project developers, construction companies, local authorities and private landlords.

Company law – Our corporate and insolvency lawyers contribute to the success of SME’s, large and small international companies, non-profit organisations, management boards, supervisory boards and shareholders. From contracts to commercial disputes, directors’ liability and financial problems, we will help you find the best solution for your business.

Liability law – If you have suffered damage caused by a third party, you need trusted advice to help you hold them liable. GMW lawyers can support you in the event of personal injury, breach of contract, work-related accidents, unlawful acts, group claims and directors’ liability. Our clients include private individuals, entrepreneurs, directors, principal shareholders and non-profit organisations.

How GMW lawyers helps expats

GMW lawyers team of legal experts can advise you on your rights and legal options, and offer mediation and/or litigation where needed.

If you’re just starting to investigate a legal question, we recommend discussing your case with a lawyer. They can advise you about your rights and help you decide whether or not to take legal action. Should you decide to proceed with your case, your lawyer can then support you throughout the process.

How to get started

GMW lawyers offers a free 10 minute legal advice to discuss your case with one of our expat lawyers. Start a conversation by phone on +31 (0)70 3615048 or make an appointment online via


This article was originally published on Iamexpat

Benefits of talking to a divorce specialist

Friday 12 September 2014 is the Day of Divorce in the Netherlands, organised by the Association of Family Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS). Susan Meijler from GMW lawyers in The Hague explains how people can benefit from a free informal talk with a divorce specialist.

What is aim of the national Day of Divorce?
The Day of Divorce is intended to lower the threshold for getting advice about divorce or other family law issues. For those who are thinking about ending a relationship, approaching a lawyer is usually a major step. Often it feels wrong to use the word ‘divorce’ if you have not yet made a decision. To avoid problems at a later stage, we inform people on this day about possible consequences. This can be done completely anonymously.

Is the Day of Divorce only for people who are thinking about divorce?
GMW lawyers’ doors are open for anyone involved in divorce. All kinds of practical issues can arise during the proceedings, the settlement or even years after the divorce has been settled.

For which problems can you offer help?
At the moment, this often involves allocating the marital home with residual debts. We also usually find a good solution for child visitation arrangements, for instance, by discussing a parenting plan. Years after the divorce, questions may arise concerning access, authority, maintenance or forgotten pension arrangements. We often help business people to calculate their income and the pre- and postnuptial agreements.

What can people expect from these talks?
First of all we listen. After all, divorces are emotional. Our task is to then keep an eye on the business side of things. Our explanation focuses mainly on the consequences of various decisions, based on concrete facts. More is required for in-depth advice.

Is it possible to come for an informal talk at another time?
You can always make an appointment with GMW lawyers. This is also possible after working hours. Since it involves personal issues, it is very important to feel comfortable with your lawyer. After all, it’s about building trust and a long-term collaboration. For this reason, it is important to orientate. We want to give people the opportunity for this during an informal meeting.


If you have any questions or need advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Update article: December 2017.