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Legal & Administrative Services in Nigeria

Legal Services in Nigeria: What You Need To Know

Legal services in Nigeria are the services of lawyers, paralegals, and other legal professionals who assist individuals or businesses with legal problems. The legal services industry has many roles and job titles. However, there are four main categories of legal services: criminal law, civil law, business law, and estate planning. Also referred to as “legal help” or “legal advice”, legal services are generally provided by attorneys rather than general practitioners. To understand the Nigerian Legal Services Industry better, here is a quick overview of the sector.

What is the Nigerian Legal Services Industry?

Legal services are provided by lawyers and other legal professionals who either work for private law firms or for government agencies such as the Legal Aid Council. Legal services may also be provided by paralegals who are trained to provide some legal services with less supervision than lawyers. Legal services can be divided into four main categories: criminal law, civil law, business law, and estate planning. Criminal law services are provided to people who are suspected or have been charged with a crime. Civil law services are provided mainly to people involved in a dispute, such as people who have been injured and need compensation, or people who have been wronged and want compensation. Business law services are provided mainly to businesses, such as people who need help starting a business. Estate planning services are provided mainly to individuals who want to make sure their assets are distributed as they desire after they die.

 

Criminal Law Services in Nigeria

Criminal law involves the prosecution of people who have broken the law. Criminal law services may be provided by the police or by lawyers hired by individuals or companies who are victims of a crime. Criminal law services may also be provided by prosecutors who are employed by the government. In Nigeria, anyone who is suspected of a crime may be charged with a “summary offense” in a magistrate court. Summary offenses may include minor crimes such as traffic violations or shoplifting. Anyone suspected of a more serious crime will be charged in a court of “ordinary law.” Most criminal law services are provided to people who have been charged with an ordinary law offense. People suspected of a crime may be either the defendant or the “prosecution.” The prosecution is the government or organization that brings charges against a defendant.

 

Civil Law Services in Nigeria

Civil law involves disputes between individuals or companies over things such as contracts or property rights. Most civil law services are provided to people who have been injured or have had their rights violated. For example, a person may be given a bad contract by another person or company and need help to get out of that contract. Another person may have injured or broken the property of another person and need to pay for that. Each state in Nigeria has a government office called the “state civil court” where people bring civil law cases. Most civil law services in the state civil court are provided by attorneys who work for private law firms. Civil law services may also be provided by paralegals who have been trained to provide some legal services with less supervision than lawyers.

 

Business Law Services in Nigeria

Business law services are provided to people who are starting a business or to people who own a business and need help with something such as contracts. Business law services may also be provided to people who work for a company and need help with their employment contract, benefits plan, or other aspects of the employment contract. Business law services in Nigeria are provided mainly by attorneys who work for private law firms. Business law services may also be provided by paralegals who have been trained to provide some legal services with less supervision than lawyers.

 

Estate Planning Services in Nigeria

Estate planning services are provided mainly to people who have a lot of money or other assets, such as people who own a company or people with a lot of property. Estate planning services may also be provided to people who need help with a will, which is a document that specifies how one’s assets are to be distributed after one dies. Estate planning services are provided mainly by attorneys who work for private law firms. Estate planning services may also be provided by paralegals who have been trained to provide some legal services with less supervision than lawyers.

 

Key Takeaway

Legal services are provided by lawyers and other legal professionals who either work for private law firms or for government agencies such as the Legal Aid Council. Legal services can be divided into four main categories: criminal law, civil law, business law, and estate planning. Criminal law involves the prosecution of people who have broken the law. Most criminal law services are provided to people who have been charged with an ordinary law offense. Civil law involves disputes between individuals or companies over things such as contracts or property rights. Most civil law services are provided to people who have been injured or have had their rights violated. Business law services are provided mainly to people who are starting a business or to people who own a business and need help with something such as contracts. Finally, estate planning services are provided mainly to people who have a lot of money or other assets, such as people who own a company or people with a lot of property.

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