Legal services in Estonia

1Office lawyers support you in making business decisions and advise you mainly on issues of commercial, labour and contract law. Our long-term experience has shown that explaining legislation and putting it into context will help you organise business better.

In addition to advising we will help you prepare internal documents, contracts, apply for registrations and activity licences. The 1Office Group international tax team supports you with assessing tax risks and offering solutions, this primarily in case of international business.

1Office is located in the Foorum Centre at Narva mnt 5, IV floor. Visit us during weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

 

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Which services do we offer?

Commercial Law

Commercial law regulates operations related to companies through the Commercial Code. Correctly prepared documents pre-empt problems that may arise in the future.

We recommend for you to consult a lawyer in situations where the sale, restructuring, merging or division of the company or its parts takes place. We help you assess risks and prepare documentation for the Business Register .

We advise you in the following activities:

  • Establishing, selling and liquidating companies and other corporate bodies
  • Regulating relations between shareholders
  • Increasing and decreasing share capital
  • Preparing resolutions and minutes of the meetings of the board, supervisory board and general meeting
  • Performing registry operations.

Contract law

Contract law regulates relations arising from contracts and their consequences through the Law of Obligations Act.

We advise you in all issues related to contracts:

  • Sales and exchange contracts
  • Rent and lease contracts, contracts of loan for use
  • Service contracts, employment, authorisation and board member contracts
  • Loan agreements

We also help assess the compliance of the terms of the contract with the legislation in force through a legal analysis.

Labour Law

Labour law regulates the rights and obligations of employees and employers in an employment relationship through the Employment Contracts Act.

We help you analyse the compliance of contracts with the legislation in force. If necessary we will also prepare the following contracts and documents:

  • Employment and service contracts
  • The collective and individual termination of employment contracts and claims arising from contracts

We will also help apply for residence and employment permits and advise you on issues related to residency.

Authorized contact person

Authorized contact person is needed in a situation, when you want to start an Estonian company but at least half of the board members reside outside the European Economic Area. Authorized contact person acts as a local contact for the Commercial Registry.

This contact person can be either an Estonian legal or private person with the possibility to sign documents digitally. If you do not have an Estonian contact person, please get in touch with us and we will provide you with a contact person as a service.

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FAQ

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions. If there is no answer for your question here, please contact us. You will find our contacts here.

Contents:

  1. How can a citizen of a foreign state change the legal address of their company that is registered in Estonia?
  2. Is a separate licence needed for operating in retail business?
  3. Can I change the name of the ready-made company on purchase? How much does it cost?
  4. Can I leave letters received from Statistics Estonia unnoticed?
  5. Is a company registered in Estonia the joint property of spouses?
  6. If I want to sell my company registered in Estonia but I am married, do I have to ask for my spouse’s permission?
  7. If I can establish a company with an ID card, can I also sell the company with an ID card?
  8. Which companies can be registered in Estonia with an e-resident’s card?
  9. In which language can documents be submitted to the Estonian Business Register?
  10. How can documents be submitted to the Estonian Business Register?

If the board members of the company have a Portuguese, Finnish, Estonian or Belgian ID card (or the Lithuanian Mobile ID), it is possible to amend the legal address over the Internet. It is also possible to authorise a 1Office lawyer to perform transactions at a notary in the trader’s name. If this is not possible, then the citizen of a foreign state must come to Estonia and do the respective operation at a notary’s office.

2. Is a separate licence needed for operating in retail business?

Yes, an activity licence or a respective registration on the register of economic activities is necessary for operating in certain areas of activity. We offer assistance with applying for activity licences and performing registrations. The register of economic activities operations can also be carried out by post.

3. Can I leave letters received from Statistics Estonia unnoticed?

No, you cannot. Submitting reports to Statistics Estonia is mandatory from January 2012.

4. Is a company registered in Estonia the joint property of spouses?

If the company is established or purchased during the marriage and there is no separate property agreement, the company is the joint property of spouses.

5. If I want to sell my company registered in Estonia but I am married, do I have to ask for my spouse’s permission?

Yes, if the company is the joint property of spouses, then the permission of the spouse is necessary for selling the company.

6. If I can establish a company with an ID card, can I also sell the company with an ID card?

No, selling a company takes place as a notarial transaction in a notary’s office, except if the shares of the company are registered on the Estonian Central Register of Securities.

7. If my company that is registered in Estonia also operates in other foreign countries, should I take into account the tax risk possibility?

Yes, if your Estonian company operates in another country in part or in full, the company may develop a permanent establishment in another country and tax liability may arise in relation to it.

8. Which companies can be registered in Estonia with an e-resident’s card?

An e-resident can register the following entities: private limited company, limited partnership, non-profit association and sole proprietor.

9. In which language can documents be submitted to the Estonian Business Register?

According to Estonian laws the working language in Estonia is Estonian. This means that documents can be submitted to the Business Register in Estonian.

10. How can documents be submitted to the Estonian Business Register?

If you have an ID card you can submit documents to the register electronically via the e-portal. You can also submit documents via a notary.

 

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