Legal advice in order to prevent problems
If confronted with a decision of which the legal consequences are not entirely clear, you can seek advice before it is ‘too late’. Who is liable for debts if, for instance, you form a partnership for a string quartet? And what about copyright when you enter into employment? What is the difference in liability for claims from third parties if you are an employee or rather a freelancer/ self-employed person?
Legal advice in case of a difference of opinion or a dispute
If you have a difference of opinion, the other party can make you believe anything, if you are layman in legal matters. Is it a legal issue? What is right, what is negotiation or bluff, and what is not? Who is in the right? If you get informed, you are in a much stronger position. Whether the information turns out to be in your advantage or not, at least you know how things work. With that knowledge, you can see what’s best for both parties, or what is best for you. And besides that you can consult together whether the dispute should be handled legally straight away or that you can try a more simple option first. Don't forget this last question, not all legal advisers do that.
Where can you get legal advice
On this site, you can find articles on the legal approach to disputes, and on the operation of law. There is also a short diagram on liability and several wizards on liability. For students who do not have the Dutch nationality there is an article on staying and working in the Netherlands after your study.
In order to connect everything that is of importance in your situation, personalized legal advice can be very useful. When confronted with legal problems you can turn to the Legal Counter, a lawyer or your insurance company, in case you have a legal assistance insurance. If you are a member of a trade union (for artists) or a professional association, you can ask for legal advice there, as well.