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5 Reasons to Choose Verybest

  1. 1 Dozens of capable Japanese and Chinese lawyers
  2. 2 Available in English and Chinese, 24/7 email access
  3. 3 Many offices you can access in Japan
  4. 4 We handle Chinese issues
  5. 5 We handle every situation
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5 Reasons to Choose Verybest

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  • POINT1
    Dozens of capable Japanese and Chinese lawyers
    We have a great number of Japanese lawyers well-versed in the legal affairs in Japan, as well as Chinese Lawyers specializing in the Chinese legal issues. In addition, we have a network with international lawyers abroad. We provide high-quality and practical services, ranging from procedural issues both at home and abroad to highly-technical legal matters.
  • POINT2
    Available in English and Chinese,
    24/7 email access
    We have a number of international staff. You can contact us by phone and email both in English and Chinese. We provide 24/7 email access. In cases of Chinese issues, our Chinese staffers who have a good command of Japanese serve as your interpreter as necessary, when you consult with our lawyers and other specialists.
  • POINT3
    Many offices you can access in Japan
    When you have no specialists to consult with near you, you can contact and visit our lawyers at Verybest.
  • POINT4
    We handle Chinese issues
    Our office in Shanghai and our network with Dacheng Law Offices, one of the China’s largest comprehensive law firms which have 27 offices thorough China, enables Verybest to address matters in Beijing, Shanghai and other part of China. We serve as your liaison with your local subsidiary or with authorities, dealing with various issues ranging from day-to-day internal business affairs to establishment of companies and dispute resolutions in China.
  • POINT5
    We handle every situation
    If you are an international resident who live (or intend to live) in Japan, you have to deal with various and complex problems such as tax, financial and labor issues. Verybest has a specialist group comprising patent attorneys, certified tax accountants, judicial scriveners, and licensed social security consultants. We therefore provide you with one-stop professional assistance for various issues you may have.

Traffic Accidents

Traffic Accidents free for initial consultation

If you are involved in a traffic accident, and have trouble receiving just compensation, suffer emotional pain by the insurer’ attitude, or have any problems with respect to the accident, Verybest’s seasoned lawyers with expertise in this area will be on behalf of you to proceed with settlement negotiations with insurance companies, and provide you with necessary support promptly during the period from just after the accident till the settlement.

By allowing us to handle your legal issues, you will receive the insurance amount as high as that would be determined by a court, rather than insurance companies’ proposed amounts. Furthermore, the most important criteria to determine an insurance amount are the certification or physical impediment due to such traffic accident. In addition to assistance for you to obtain the certification of physical impediment grade, Verybest provides those who are involved in traffic accidents with extensive support at every stage, ranging from handling of issues arising immediately after an accident, care of outpatient/hospitalization, application procedures for the certification of physical impediment grade to settlement negotiations.

Divorce Issues

Divorce Issues 60-min free for initial consultation

If you want to dissolve a marriage, you are asked for a divorce but don’t want to, or you want to decide issues like property division, parental authority, child-rearing support, visitation rights, etc., Verybest’s divorce lawyer group, who have proven track record of addressing all aspects of family/divorce issues, will offer you sound and appropriate advice. Our lawyers with wealth of experience and expertise deal with various problems that may arise after divorce as well. Some problems may occur several years after divorce, such as an increase or decrease in child-rearing support, delay in payment of the promised child-rearing support, a claim for a distribution of property or compensation money, and exercise of visitation rights. If you just cannot let it go, you can rely on Verybest rather than put up with it.

Furthermore, international divorces, such as a divorce between Japanese and non-Japanese, or a divorce between non-Japanese who live in Japan, involve complexities that make them more difficult than divorces involving Japanese only, specifically (1) a competent court of jurisdiction for such international dispute (in which country a trial should be held), and (2) the governing law (laws of which country should apply).

In this regard, We have a number of qualified Chinese lawyers well-versed in Chinese laws and the business tie-up with law offices abroad for handling issues with lawyers abroad. Thus, Verybest is, in close collaboration between our divorce team and experts abroad, in a good position to address international divorce issues promptly and carefully.

Inheritance Issues

Inheritance Issues 60-min free for initial consultation

Inheritance issues involves many complicated problems: it is difficult to determine how to divide the inherited property to inheritors properly in light of the relations between each inheritor and its ancestor, and without detriment to you; and you have to face with various complicated procedures such as changes in the matters registered, changes of bank accounts and filing for an inheritance tax.

You will feel secure if you allow Verybest handle your inheritance issues. Our seasoned lawyers with expertise in this area will support you for arrangements of agreement for division of inherited property, negotiations if there is a dispute over the inheritance among inheritors, acting as your representative in court, registration of transfer of the property inherited, procedures for bank accounts and insurance, etc. In addition, we are able to offer the scheme to minimize your inheritance tax or no inheritance tax scheme, through Verybest Accounting Office, one of our group companies.

We handle various kinds of procedures that may arise in the course of inheritance and often need experts’ supports in different areas, within our group. That’s why we can offer you one-stop services.

Furthermore, we address issues over "international inheritance", which entails peculiar problems raised by it. When a non-Japanese resident dies in Japan, or part of the property to be inherited is located overseas, you have to take foreign law and tax systems into account.

To be specific, in addition to the problems in common with international divorce, namely (1) a competent court of jurisdiction for such international dispute (in which country a trial should be held) and (2) the governing law (laws of which country should apply), you also have to consider (3) under which standard, the property should be appraised as the one of the key problems in case of international inheritance.

In this regard, Verybest has a number of qualified Chinese lawyers who are well-versed in Chinese laws, and in collaboration with lawyers abroad, we handle international inheritance issues promptly and carefully, and provide you with substantial support in terms of legal and tax issues.

Other Civil Issues

Other Civil Issues

Verybest handles a variety of civil issues, such as actions (including class actions and large legal actions), adjustments of debts, preparations of written wills, traffic accidents, labor issues, debt collections, real estate transactions, land and building leases, construction disputes, inheritances, divorces, various claims for damages, various contract matters (including legal checks of written agreements and contract negotiations), corporate bankruptcies, corporate turnarounds, M&As, finance, client relations, and issues over intellectual property rights (e.g. IT-related rights, entertainment-related rights, copyrights, trademarks and patents).

We are proud of our successful "Legal Protect", which provides businesses with retainer services to help them conduct business activities smoothly. With a monthly fee of from 3,980yen, our clients can have not only consultations at our offices, but also consult with our lawyers by phone and/or email to receive legal advice when needed and as many times as necessary.

We have a system under which lawyers with networks in different fields, certified tax accountants, judicial scriveners, administrative scriveners and licensed architects, etc. team up, in order to address large-scale incidents and highly technical cases efficiently and effectively.

Please feel free to contact Verybest, and you will receive legal services that mach your needs.

Criminal Cases

Criminal Cases

If a person is arrested by the police, he or she is to be under physical restraint for up to 72 hours by the police and the prosecutor. The public prosecutor may request the judge for an extension of the period for physical restraint (or detention) on the ground of the necessity for investigation, and the period for his/her physical restraint may, if approved, be extended for additional 10 days. If the prosecutor sees the necessity of further investigation and request the judge for the further extension of the detention period, it may last for up to 23 days. During that period, the suspect is unable to get home, go to the office or contact his/her family freely (except in case of some significant incidents).

During such detention period, the prosecutor will determine whether or not to bring charges against the suspect. In other words, what and how the suspect’s family do through his/her lawyer during that period will have a critical impact on the prosecutor’s decision.

Verybest works on the court and to the prosecutor to gain the client’s early release and not to extend the detention, aiming at the earliest release of him/her from detention, and acts as a counsel for the client including communications with the victim. We provide prompt and appropriate legal advice even within a limited amount of time. We are a powerful supporter for persons arrested or detained.

Verybest has 130 lawyers in offices in Japan, and are ready to provide our high-quality services for those who need support in this area.

Labor Issues

Labor Issues

If you want to claim for unpaid overtime, you are forced to leave job, you are unduly dismissed, or you are in troubles with work environment (e.g. sexual harassment) or conditions, contact Verybest now.

In principle in Japan, the law requires employers not to dismiss employees without reasonable grounds for doing so. So your prompt action to entrust capable lawyers will increase your chances of avoiding dismissal. Even if you are to leave in the end, it will be possible for you to seek monetary damages for wrongful dismissal.

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