Our services

Same-sex couples legal protection

We provide legal support to same-sex couples who wish to enter into a civil partnership or marriage abroad or secure their legal situation e.g.in the event of death.

Legal protection of the LGBT families in Poland is still very limited. Same-sex couples do not have a possibility to get married or enter into a civil partnership. It is only natural, that they build their family life abroad, in countries where all their rights are equally assured. We specialize in the provision of legal assistance to such couples, especially in cross-border cases, that require not only the knowledge of Polish law, but also European Union and international law, as well as national law of countries where same-sex couples decide to formalize their relationship.

 

Among others, we specialize in the following cases:

  • entering into civil partnership or marriage abroad and change of last name in Poland – we provide legal advice on the possibility of entering into a civil partnership and marriage abroad; we also conduct proceedings in cases of recognition in Poland of such marriages and partnerships, as well as proceedings concerning the change of surname to the name of the partner;
  • power of attorney, property relations between partners and wills – we help to secure legal relations between people living in same-sex marriages in Poland, in particular by formulating detailed power of attorney documents, agreements that regulate property rights and wills.

Our experience:

  • changing the last name to same-sex partner’s last name or adopting the common name by a same-sex couple,
  • transcription – transposition of foreign marriage certificates to the Polish register of civil status [more about one of our cases];
  • marriage equality – proceedings aimed at enabling same-sex couples to get married in Poland [more about the Coalition for civil partnership and marriage equality].
Legal protection of children

We provide legal support in securing the legal status of children born through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and surrogacy, including in LGBT families.

We provide legal support in securing the legal status of children born through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and surrogacy, including in LGBT families. Polish law does not regulate the legal status of children born via surrogacy. We help to regulate the legal status of children born in Poland and abroad.

 

We also provide legal assistance in cases related to foreign adoption of children by same-sex couples, given joint adoption is still not available for such couples in Poland. We have several years of experience in conducting court proceedings concerning the transcription of foreign birth certificates, confirmation of Polish citizenship and issuance of a Polish passport and ID for children.

 

Our experience:

Discrimination and hate crimes

We support victims of discrimination, in particular on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, e.g. in employment, access to services, healthcare or education, as well as victims of crimes motivated by prejudice, including hate speech.

We support victims of discrimination, in particular on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, e.g. in employment, access to services, healthcare or education, as well as victims of crimes motivated by prejudice, including hate speech.

 

Discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity is still widespread in many areas of social life in Poland. We have many years of experience in providing legal assistance in cases of violation of the equal treatment principle towards LGBT people, especially in the areas of discrimination in employment, access to services, healthcare and education. It also includes representation in civil, administration and criminal cases of the alleged discrimination.

 

We also specialize in providing legal assistance in cases, which involve crimes motivated by prejudice on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. We represent our clients at all stages of criminal procedures.

 

Our experience:

Transgender persons cases

We represent transgender persons in legal gender recognition procedures. We also provide legal assistance in administrative proceedings in cases concerning amending the birth certificate on the basis of a foreign document.

We have experience in representing transgender persons – citizens of countries outside the European Union who intend to have their legal gender recognized in Poland on the basis of a foreign administrative or court decision. We also advise on changing the first and last names of a transgender person.

 

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Contact

Knut Mazurczak Adwokaci
Elektoralna 4/6 lok. 13 St.
00-139 Warsaw

Kancelaria Adwokacka
Anna Mazurczak
+48 501 789 709
mazurczak@knutmazurczak.pl

Kancelaria Adwokacka
Paweł Knut
knut@knutmazurczak.pl