Legal Assistance

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

The Embassy cannot represent U.S. citizens in court or provide legal counsel.  Instead, you may wish to consult with an attorney, who can provide advice on your options and remedies within the Dominican legal system.  The U.S. Citizens Services (ACS) Unit maintains a List of local Attorneys – (PDF, 356 Kb) in the Dominican Republic to pursue your complaint.

The following guidelines may be helpful:

  • Contact several attorneys to describe briefly the nature of the services you desire, and find out the attorney’s qualifications and experience.
  • Ask for a written schedule of fees charged for the services you need.
  • Do not turn over documents or funds until you are certain the attorney understands your legal needs and will handle your case.

 When dealing with your attorney:

  • Find out how the attorney plans to represent you.
  • Ask specific questions and expect the attorney to explain the legal process and the legal activities planned on your behalf, in terms you understand.
  • Have your attorney analyze your case and give you the positive and negative aspects and probable outcome.
  • Tell the attorney every relevant fact needed to represent your interests.
  • Ask your attorney to keep you advised of the process of your case on a set schedule.
  • Insist on receiving copies of all letters and documents prepared on your behalf.