Advice, out-of-court representation and litigation.

Legal advice

Reliable legal advice from an attorney provides legal certainty and prevents costly legal disputes

Out-of-court representation

Contract negotiations and out-of-court settlement of disputes


Solution-oriented and cost-conscious legal representation before authorities and courts as well as criminal defence

Preferred fields of law

The law firm Spühler is primarily active in criminal and civil law in national and international contexts. The law firm advises clients in German, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. The preferred fields of law can be divided into the following topics:

Family and Inheritance
Companies and associations
Contract law
Debt collection and bankruptcy
Criminal law and criminal defence
Victims of crime
Family and Inheritance
Matrimonial law

Various legal problems may arise with the termination or dissolution of a marriage.

At the latest when a spouse leaves the shared home, the situation must be redefined in the event of separation. Who will receive the apartment? How much maintenance / alimony must be paid? Who should be allowed to live with the children? In this emotionally charged situation, it is important to have a strong and empathetic partner in order to have the open questions of separation settled in court if necessary (proceedings to protect the marital union).

A separation phase is usually followed by a definitive divorce. This can be jointly desired or must be enforced in a lawsuits. In this case, apart from the matters to be regulated in the separation, the division of matrimonial property and occupational pension assets must be carried out.

Domestic violence

In an existing or dissolved family or partnership relationship, individuals may be violated or endangered in their physical, sexual or psychological integrity. This can happen in particular through violence, threat or repeated harassment or stalking of the person concerned.

Child protection and protection of adults

The aim of child and adult protection law is to ensure the protection of persons who are unable to help themselves or obtain necessary support. Such persons in need of assistance are in particular underage children or adults suffering from mental or psychological impairments or addictions.

In principle, the child and adult protection authorities (KESB) are responsible for ordering protective measures. Such protective measures may include, for example, the arrangement of assistance or accommodation of persons.

Law of inheritance

The law firm Spühler supports you in the settlement of your inheritance matters – for example, drawing up a will, a contract of inheritance, as executor or in the regulation of corporate succession. The (judicial) enforcement of inheritance claims may also be necessary.


For example, legal services are offered in the following areas:

  • Matrimonial law
  • Marriage contracts
  • Divorce or separation
  • Maintenance payments / alimony
  • Matrimonial property law
  • Child rights
  • Concubinage
  • Registered partnership
  • Adoption
  • Child protection
  • Protection of adults
  • Advance Care Directive
  • Living will
  • Welfare accommodation
  • Inheritance law
  • Will and contract of inheritance
  • Execution of will
  • Enforcement of inheritance claims (statutory entitlement, inheritance, legacy)

The law firm Spühler advises and represents tenants or owners of real estate in all areas of tenancy law or home ownership.

For example, legal services are offered in the following areas:

  • rent
  • rent reduction
  • Defects in rented objects
  • Cancellation of rental apartments
  • Condominium ownership
  • Real estate
  • Purchase and sale of real estate
  • Construction defects / Work defects
  • Pledge
  • Neighbouring right
  • Easements
  • Planting
  • Noise, smoke, shadows or other emissions from neighbours

In the context of an employment relationship, many legal issues may arise with the employee and employer, which require careful clarification.

In particular, the termination of an employment relationship can lead to numerous difficulties and disputes. The employer must comply with various legal provisions in the case of (instant) dismissal or consensual termination agreement in order not to risk their invalidity or claims for damages. The employee is often unaware of his claims and misses important deadlines for their enforcement. It is important to carefully clarify the legal questions on the part of the employer before termination and to react within a short period of time on the part of the employee after termination.

For example, legal services are offered in the following areas:

  • Drafting contracts around the employment relationship
  • Resignation and dismissal
  • Termination agreement
  • Protection of employees
  • Wage entitlement
  • Non-competition clause
  • Work certificate and employment confirmation
Companies and associations

Companies are frequently confronted with numerous legal issues. The law firm Spühler offers reliable and cost-conscious legal advice and legal representation from a single source. The legal issues may concern the company and its legal form itself, or they may concern legal relations with employees or customers.

For example, legal services are offered in the following areas:

  • Start-up companies
  • Sole proprietorship
  • General partnership and limited partnership
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Company Limited by Shares
  • Responsibility of managing directors or board members
  • Commercial register law
  • Name and trademark law
  • Association law
Contract law

The law firm Spühler offers support in contract drafting, contract review and contract disputes. Careful contract drafting can prevent costly disputes at a later date.

For example, legal services are offered in the following areas:

  • Purchase agreement
  • Barter and donation agreement
  • Tenancy agreement
  • Contract of employment
  • Loan agreement
  • Contract for work
  • Contract of services
  • Contract of brokerage
  • Agency contract
  • Commission
  • Transport law
  • Guarantees
  • Package tour contract

Have you been negligently or intentionally caused financial damage? The law firm Spühler supports you in asserting your claim for damages in civil and criminal proceedings.

Debt collection and bankruptcy
Enforce claims

Sometimes, it is not enough to have a contract or judgment to enforce a claim in a dispute. The law firm Spühler helps you to enforce your claim with the help of the state in debt collection or bankruptcy proceedings. For this purpose, it may be necessary to take precautionary measures to secure assets before the debtor can make them disappear.

Unjustified debt collection

Conversely, it may be that you are wrongly pursued. In this case, the law firm Spühler will protect your interests in debt collection and bankruptcy proceedings.


For example, legal services are offered in the following areas:

Enforcement of all kinds of claims

  • Dept collection proceedings
  • Collection of garnishment
  • Debt collection on debt recovery
  • Bankruptcy proceedings
  • Collocation procedure
  • Recognition of foreign bankruptcies in Switzerland
Criminal law and criminal defence

Attorney Fabian Spühler advises you on all aspects of criminal law and represents you in criminal proceedings before the police, the public prosecutor’s office or in court.

For example, legal services are offered in the following areas:

  • Criminal defense
  • Penalties
  • Order of summary punishment
  • Advice on criminal law
Victims of crime

As a victim of a crime, you have rights within and outside criminal proceedings. As an victim, you can participate in the criminal proceedings (as a civil and criminal plaintiff) and have various protective rights. In criminal proceedings you can claim civil claims such as compensation (adhesion proceedings).

If the offender is impecunious, you may be able to claim damages from the state.

The law firm Spühler takes you seriously as a victim and fights for your rights vis-à-vis the offender and the state. In particular, it ensures that criminal proceedings are initiated and that these are also dealt with in a timely manner.

For example, legal services are offered in the following areas:

  • Representation of victims in criminal proceedings
  • Assertion of civil claims against the offender
  • Protection against domestic violence

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Relationship between client and attorney

Most people know the work of the attorney only from relevant television series. The following explanations are intended to give you an understanding of the client’s relationship with his attorney.

Do I need a attorney?
How do I find a suitable attorney?
How does the mandate of a attorney work?
What does a attorney cost?
When does the attorney-client relationship end?
Is discretion and independence guaranteed?
Do I need a attorney?

In many cases, it is advisable to consult a attorney at an early stage to avoid legal disputes that are time-consuming, costly and nerve-wracking.

In principle, it is possible to conduct legal proceedings in Switzerland even without legal representation. Due to the mostly formalistically structured procedures, however, small formal errors can lead to loss of rights. Therefore, the involvement of a attorney in legal proceedings should always be considered. In addition, the chances that legal claims can be enforced are increased.

Aren’t you sure you need a attorney? Contact the law firm Spühler without obligation and get a first assessment of your problem by phone for free!

How do I find a suitable attorney?

Contact the law firm Spühler without obligation. If your case cannot be accepted due to lack of capacity or expertise, a suitable attorney will be recommended.

How does the mandate of a attorney work?

First of all, the first, non-binding contact is made with a short description of the problem by the client.

If legal intervention is reasonable and necessary, a meeting will be arranged. The client pays in advance or at the meeting the first advance of costs of CHF 300.00. The problem is discussed in detail and a mandate agreement is concluded with the description of the services and the amount of the fee.

After the advisory activity or after the conclusion of the administrative or court proceedings, a final statement of account is prepared and the files are archived for 10 years.

What does a attorney cost?

The law firm Spühler charges its fees according to time expenditure plus statutory value added tax and 3% lump sum for small expenses. Additional necessary expenses such as interpreting or travel expenses will be charged. The hourly rate is agreed upon at the first meeting and is based on the complexity of the case and the required specialist knowledge and language skills.

In principle, a cost advance is required. The cost advance payment for the first meeting is CHF 300.00. If a client ist entitled to Legal Aid, no advance payment will be made.

The client is entitled to be informed about the costs at the beginning and to receive regular invoices. He can request information about the accrued costs at any time.

Legal aid

A person ist entitled to legal aid if he or she does not have sufficient financial resources and his or her case does not seem devoid of any chances of success. Legal aid comprises the appointment by the court of a legal agent (attorney) under the legal aid system if this is necessary to protect the rights of the party concerned.

If the financial situation improves considerably after the legal proceedings, the state can reclaim the expenses within a certain period of time.
For further information, please refer to the fact sheet of the courts of Zurich (German).

The law firm Spühler will gladly check whether you are entitled to legal aid and a legal agent under the legal aid system.

Legal expenses insurance

The costs for a attorney can be covered by a legal expenses insurance. Before contacting a attorney for the first time, it is advisable to contact the legal expenses insurance and clarify to what extent the advice or representation provided by a attorney is covered by the insurance. In any case, inform your attorney about any legal expenses insurance, he will be happy to assist you in contacting the insurance company.

Please refer to the fact sheet of the Swiss Bar Association.

Procedural costs

Conducting legal proceedings involves costs. The losing party shall bear the court costs in a lawsuit and pay compensation to the winning party (party costs). Usually, the party costs does not cover the attorney’s costs. The party initiating the proceedings usually has to advance the court costs.

The granting of the legal aid releases the party from the payment of advance costs and court costs, but not from the payment of party costs.

Legal expenses insurance can cover court costs and party costs.

When does the attorney-client relationship end?

In principle, a client relationship with a attorney can be terminated at any time without notice. However, it is not possible to terminate the mandate untimely. This means, for example, that a attorney cannot resign his or her mandate two days before the trial, as in such case  the client has no way of finding a replacement.

The attorney can terminate the mandate if the client does not pay his fee. If there is a conflict of interest, a attorney by law must terminate the attorney-client relationship.

With the completion of the matter the assignment ends properly.

Is discretion and independence guaranteed?

The profession of attorney is subject to strict legal and professional rules. The bar associations and state supervisory authorities ensure compliance with these rules.

Important cornerstones are the attorney-client privilege and the independence of the attorney.

All information that the attorney receives from his client in the course of his professional activity is subject to the attorney-client privilege protected by criminal and disciplinary regulations. This information may not be passed on to third parties or the state without the client’s consent. Nor can they be enforced by the state. The attorney-client privilege includes correspondence, records and even the fact that a client belongs to the clientele of an attorney.

The attorney should only be obliged to the client’s interests. In this regard, he must be independent of the state and other interests. If a conflict of interest arises, the attorney must resign from the mandate.