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My activities are nationwide and range from counselling to safeguarding your interest in all matters related to private law in and outside of courts.
The very wide area of "private law" rules the legal relations between subjects of private law, who amongst themselves are placed on the same legal level. The name "Civil Law"” is common as well, signifies, however, strictly speaking, only a portion of the private law.
The private law stands right next to the equally very wide range of public law, which rules the legal relations between the public authorities exercising sovereign power and the citizens being subject to the sovereignty of the German state.
Private law is based on private autonomy and the freedom of the will of individuals, to engage or not with others in legal relationship (for example, conclusion of contracts). However, this principle can be restricted in certain areas like monopolies or overwhelming financial power of one party. An obligation to conclude contracts can be imposed on the stronger party then (eg obligation of the electricity and gas suppliers to conclude supply contracts with consumers).
Central objects of the private law are the rulings in the Federal Civil Code (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch - BGB) on persons, property and obligations. Other areas of private law you find e.g. in the trade and company law, in law concerning copyrights as well as in law concerning private insurances under the Federal Insurance Contract Act (Versicherungsvertragsgesetz - VVG). In this regard, the term "special private law" has been established (eg special private law concerning merchants).
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