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LYS Advocaten provides specialised legal services in all fields of family and inheritance law. The meaning of the name ‘LYS’ (the French word for lily) reflects our core values; purity, empathy, and caring. This flower also symbolises transience, referring to the inevitable changes in our clients’ lives.

The lawyers at our firm are registered in the fields of law relating to family law and/or inheritance law in the Netherlands Bar Association’s register of legal practice areas. This registration requires lawyers to obtain ten training credits in each registered area of law every calendar year according to the standards of the Netherlands Bar Association.

“I specialise in personal and family law with a focus on private international law. Before studying Dutch law, I studied classical music at the Rotterdam Academy of Music on the flute. The enthusiasm, iron discipline, and creativity I developed then are assets in my current work.”

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“I have been working in personal and family law for 30 years. The focus of my work is on complex divorce cases and maintenance disputes. I act as lawyer or collaborative divorce lawyer on behalf of one party or as a mediator for both. I have worked at renowned firms such as Nauta Dutilh in Rotterdam, Krans & van Hilten, and as a partner-attorney-at-law at van Hilten in The Hague. I believe that you will achieve more with negotiation than litigation.”

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“I have enjoyed working as a lawyer-mediator for 30 years, having first worked in journalism and at the public prosecutor’s office. Quite soon, I specialised in the field of personal and family law. Besides working as a lawyer-mediator, I have been an active Deputy Judge for 17 years.”

Bente van Baren

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“I have been working for the lawyers at LYS Advocaten since 1999 and am the first person our clients will speak to. Are you contacting LYS Advocaten for the first time? I will pick up the phone.”

Bente van Baaren

Office manager

“Ik werk sinds 1999 voor de advocaten van LYS Advocaten en ben het eerste aanspreekpunt voor onze cliënten. Neemt u voor het eerst contact op met LYS Advocaten? Dan krijgt u mij aan de telefoon.”