Brussels Newcomer

This section focuses on information for lawyers and legal support staff interested in working in Brussels' international legal environment. In particular, this section is aimed at people who:

- are researching information about working in some part(s) of Brussels' international legal environment (such as Brussels-based law firms or international institutions); or

- are actually soon coming to work in Brussels' international legal environment.

While this section does not focus on general living and working issues in Brussels (such as health, social security, public administration matters), it directs you to websites giving such information.

Some articles about a few Brussels-based professional organisations which are useful for newly-arrived lawyers are kept in our Useful Organisations List.

Law Firms

This is a comprehensive list of Brussels law firms specialising in EU and/or international law.

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Fiscal Planning: Estate Matters (2)

In his second article on estate planning, Brussels-based tax planner Fabrice Ketoff outlines the topic of using gifts to transfer assets during your lifetime.

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Fiscal Planning: Estate Matters (1)

Many people only start to plan their estate (or inheritance) matters towards the end of their lives. By then there is a lot to learn and often fewer choices available.

Fabrice Ketoff writes the first of two articles giving a broad overview of estate planning issues.

In this first article, Mr. Ketoff considers the issue of who you want to favour in the distribution of your estate.

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Fiscal Planning: Property

Most foreign self-employed lawyers working in Brussels sooner or later consider purchasing a house or apartment in the Brussels area.

Fabrice Ketoff, a Brussels-based tax planner, gives an overview of the main fiscal issues for self-employed lawyers when acquiring a property.

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Fiscal Planning: Introduction

With busy working lives, few site users have the inclination to look at the fiscal aspects of issues like property purchasing and estate planning.

But these fiscal aspects are important: making informed financial decisions can make a big difference to a person's financial well-being.

Fabrice Ketoff, a Brussels-based tax-planner, explains more.

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Fiscal Issues (7): Car

An overview of the main issues involved in buying or leasing a car for professional use.

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Newcomer Practical Tip 4: Language Issues

Which languages are spoken in Brussels? What do you need to get by?

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Newcomer Practical Tip 3: Healthier Brussels Living

An informed insider's tip on arriving in Brussels and staying healthy.

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Newcomer Practical Tip 1: Initial Visit to Brussels

A few of our own practical tips on researching or settling in to Brussels.

Tip 1 concerns an initial visit to Brussels.

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Lawyer-Accountant: Practical Advice

Articles advising on small practical issues concerning your professional relationship with your accountant.

This second series has been written by Belgian accountant, Mr. Bart Van den Bossche.

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Lawyer-Accountant: (4) Disputes

What happens if a dispute arises between you and your accountant?  How should you handle it and what action can you take?

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Lawyer-Accountant: (3) Cost

How much should your accountant typically cost you?

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Lawyer-Accountant: (2) Expectations

What can you expect from your accountant?

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Lawyer-Accountant: (1) Practical Matters

A few practical matters concerning the fiscal administration of your professional activities.

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Fiscal Issues for Self-Employed Lawyers

A series of seven articles outlining common fiscal issues facing newly-arrived, self-employed lawyers in Brussels.

This series has been written by Mr. Bart Van den Bossche, a Belgian accountant.

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Fiscal Issues (6): Business Costs

What is a business cost?

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Fiscal Issues (5): VAT

Do you need to register your professional activity for VAT?

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Fiscal Issues (4): Income Tax

An article setting out the basics regarding income tax.

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Fiscal Issues (3): Social Security

Self-employed lawyers are responsible for their own social security contributions.  This article explains the basic information you should know.

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Fiscal Issues (2): Corporate Form

Before you start practising, you should make an informed decision about the fiscal form of your professional establishment.

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Fiscal Issues (1): Accommodation

Before you have even settled in Brussels, keeping an eye out for the right type of property can have a fiscal benefit.

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Newcomer Practical Tip 2: Settling In - Accommodation

About to start looking for somewhere to live?  A few tips to help you with this important task.

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Introduction (6): Advice on Choosing an Accountant

Finding the right accountant can make a big difference to your professional life in Brussels. This article offers some guidance in making your decision.

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Introduction (5): The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using an Accountant

A few factors to consider in whether or not to choose an accountant.

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Introduction (4): Who Can Help Me With These Tasks?

You are not alone!  There are lots of people who can help.

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Introduction (3): What does Self-Employment Involve?

Which tasks should I be aware of when commencing my self-employed activity?

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Introduction (1): Help! I am confused ...

Help! I am confused: I want to work as a lawyer in a Brussels-based law firm and yet I understand I have to be self-employed.

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Trainee Information

The various EU institutions offer short-term positions for trainees/interns (referred to as "stagiaire" positions).

Stagiaire positions can offer a valuable insight into how a particular EU institution operates, as well as the opporunity to make useful professional contacts.

Other stagiaire positions are offered in a variety of international and NGOs in Brussels.

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Introduction (2): Current Situation Overview

The status of self-employed lawyers in law firms is under review. This article gives a brief overview of the ongoing scrutiny.

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Just Arrived, No Idea What To Do Next...

Most lawyers working in Brussels-based law firms find they are classified as self-employed.  This unfamiliar status can be initially quite disorientating, particularly when settling in a new city in a foreign country.

The following introductory series of short articles gives a soon-to-arrive or newly-arrived lawyer a basic overview of the issues to look out for.

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Practical Tips: Introduction

Interested in working in Brussels?

Some practical advice for newcomers researching about or actually soon settling here.

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Information Sources for General Living and Working Issues

Arriving in Brussels with so many things to research, organise and find out?

Here is a list of useful websites that help deal with general living and working issues in Brussels.

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