Our expat-vetted lawyer network in Croatia

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Croatia comes with legal challenges. Some procedures are too complicated to do on your own. Even simpler procedures can easily derail. Maybe a cousin recommended a lawyer they know, but then you don’t hear from them for months. You can do all the right things and still run into issues.

Sometimes, it is best to leave it to a professional. To serve our audience to the fullest, we have carefully and considerately built a network of vetted Croatian attorneys across the country who practice law with honor, honesty, skill and dedication.

When you use any of our lawyers, you also get a dedicated Expat in Croatia caseworker who will be there with you along the way to make sure you’re getting everything you need. We are proud to be the first to offer this type of service in Croatia.

We are happy to share with you everything about our vetted legal network so you know exactly what to expect when you work with us.

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How we built our network

It all started with one.

Building a network of lawyers was always part of the plan. We specialize in bureaucracy, so it was natural to collaborate with lawyers to vet our information as well as to help our audience.

We didn’t want to send our clients and readers to just anybody. So we waited, patiently, until we found that first lawyer with integrity and high standards, who believed in what we were doing.

From there, the first lawyer introduced us to a trusted colleague. And then another. And then another. We now have a vetted network of 16 law practices covering a variety of specialties across the country to whom we have sent thousands of people.

We are proud to share that these lawyers have hired more than 15 Croatians to support the work we have sent them. Expat in Croatia is not just about helping people live in Croatia. We also seek to support the Croatian community wherever possible – our lawyer network is one way we do that.

“My husband and I met consulted with Expat in Croatia in order to learn about obtaining Croatian citizenship. Our attorney, Ines, was very thorough and professional. She clearly explained the process step by step and answered all of our questions and concerns throughout the entire process. Our appointment with the Chicago consulate went very smoothly and it was all thanks to Ines’ hard work! We couldn’t be more pleased with the experience and I would recommend Expat in Croatia and their professionals to anyone looking into Croatian citizenship.” – Natalie, United States

How we vet lawyers

Every lawyer has been recommended through personal referrals from people we trust implicitly.

Next, they are vetted by the head of our legal network as well as by Sara Dyson, founder of Expat in Croatia, during multiple discussions and in-person meetings. Foreigners have different needs than Croatians, so we discuss those differences to gauge if they are well-suited to the task. We evaluate their level of English as well.

Through this process, we also learn about their specialties, experience and personality, so we can match people to the lawyer best suited to handle their case.

After that process is finished, we sparsely refer people to them over months as a test. During this time, we keep extra close contact with the clients to ensure they are getting exactly what they need, while also periodically checking in with the lawyer to get their perspective.

Once they have shown a reputation for providing consistent, exceptionally professional services, they join the network in an official capacity.

High level of service

The culture of legal work in Croatia may be different than what you’re used to.

Keeping in touch – especially when there are no updates – is not standard practice. Lawyers and Croatian clients can go weeks, months, even years without speaking – and this is considered normal from both sides.

This can prove problematic when dealing with foreigners who are not sure who they can trust and constantly need to know what is going on.

Not so in the EIC network! Every lawyer we work with sets clear expectations, provides transparency, outlines explanations and follows up periodically – even if there isn’t yet movement on a procedure. The standard is very high and is constantly being improved and adjusted according to evolving needs.

“I needed support with an application for Croatian citizenship by descent and found Expat in Croatia through their comprehensive article on the subject. They answered my questions and introduced me to Ivan R. Let me be clear that Ivan exceeded all my expectations on knowledge, conscientiousness, patience, and support during this process. From the very first meeting it was clear that he is very familiar and thorough with these applications. Unexpectedly, finding evidence documents for my application was much more complicated than either of us had anticipated, but Ivan was there every step of the way until we finally pieced the puzzle together. I submitted my application yesterday and they said it was perfect. I am immensely grateful for Ivan’s help and I highly recommend Ivan and Expat in Croatia to others hoping to navigate this process with minimal delays. Thank you.” – Rebecca, New Zealand

How we work

From the beginning, you’ll have a dedicated point-of-contact on the EIC side who will personally introduce you to the lawyer best suited to handle your case. You’ll be provided a PDF biography that includes their photo, bar profile, contact information and specialties.

After the introduction, the lawyer will schedule a conversation over the phone, video chat or in person so you can get to know them and they can learn more about your case.

Based on that conversation, the lawyer will explain how they can help and the associated cost, at which point you can decide how you’d like to proceed.

Once you’re ready to go, you’ll be provided a dual-language contract from our sister company that outlines the terms of the work to be done, so that all expectations are crystal clear.

Expat in Croatia is with you always.

Your personal EIC contact will be there for you through the process. They will follow up with you periodically to see how everything is going. While issues are rare in our network, sometimes they do happen and are usually due to cultural differences. If you ever have any problems, your EIC contact will do all they can to resolve it for you.

You’re never abandoned. We stay with you along the way.

Shared Knowledge

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Team building event with Expat in Croatia and our lawyer network – Gračac and Cerovačke špilje – October 2023

Our network currently consists of 16 independent law practices. They work as a team to serve everyone.

Every jurisdiction, specialty and case are different. Our lawyers are in contact with each other daily sharing their experiences, challenges and knowledge. This means a client of a lawyer in Dubrovnik can benefit from the knowledge and experience of a lawyer in Pula or Zagreb – and vice versa.

This is truly one of the most unique aspects and biggest strengths of our network. You are not just represented by one lawyer, but by an entire legal team with varying backgrounds. They function as colleagues, not competitors.

The lawyers are our colleagues too. When we need to vet some information, we are on the phone or email with them – talking through a topic so we can present the most accurate information possible to our readers.

This information exchange is mutual. Our lawyers specialize in law, but may not be familiar with the intricacies of how health insurance works or where a South African can obtain a background check. Sometimes they give us a call so they can fill out the picture and give the most holistic service possible to their client.

We work so closely together that we do an annual team building event with the Expat in Croatia team, our lawyers and their teams. Last year, it was Plitvice. This year, it was Paklenica. We’ve introduced a brand new culture to legal work in Croatia and the best part is that we all just love it to death.


Our network currently consists of 16 vetted law practices located in Dubrovnik, island Vis, Pula, Rijeka, Šibenik, Split, Zadar and Zagreb. These lawyers serve their surrounding areas, so if you are in Slavonija or on island Lastovo, our network can still assist in your case. Jump to our contact form by clicking here.


A wide variety of specialities are covered within our network including:

  • Immigration, including citizenship and residence
  • Family law including divorce and custody
  • Civil law
  • Property law
  • Corporate law including trademarking and copyright
  • Criminal law

All of our lawyers have multiple specialities – so, your lawyer for Croatian citizenship can also help you with purchasing a property or opening a company.

Examples of the most common procedures:

  • Application and registration for Croatian citizenship
  • Application for temporary or permanent residence
  • Property sale (or purchase)
  • Sorting out messy real estate problems
  • Wills and inheritance
  • Rental contracts
  • Job contracts
  • Divorce
  • Opening a company
  • Name changes
  • Registration of marriage or birth


Below is just a taste of the experiences of our clients. See all of our reviews here or jump to the contact form by clicking here.

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