I have written a countless number of blogs on luxury travel and luxury property but then again I have never tackle an issue of a foreign citizen who settles down in Dubrovnik and needs a legal aid. How they can choose a lawyer in Dubrovnik if they do not know the language and in particular the local mentality. I have posed this question to Viktorija Knezevic of Viktoria Knezevic & Marina Maslek Law Office which specializes in civil and commercial law.
Viktorija Knezevic admits that this may not be an easy task for a potential foreign investor who for instance does not have a domestic business partner. Knezevic continues that this is not really the question of listing through yellow pages or googling the net. Indeed, even if you take the alongside google search route, it does not reveal much. It will only show listings made in the business directories and this means nothing to you, who as a potential investor with a serious enough money with no connections to Dubrovnik want to know who is the person to whom you are going to be putting your trust into as your legal representative. Moreover the very same person is going to set up a limited company on your behalf and to him/her you will be granting power of attorney to represent your interests. Lawyer Viktorija Knezevic explains that Croatia has strict rules when it comes to advertising legal services. As far as Dubrovnik is concerned one does to live first in Dubrovnik and most probably the first recommendation they will receive is the one from an estate agent, Viktorija Knezevic of Viktorija Knezevic and Marina Maslek Law Office concludes. Another option is to network with people on various business functions and events and hear first account experiences, Business Cafe Dubrovnik being one of them. At the end of the day, the best marketing is the word of mouth one.
Srđ Portolan has been in the foreground of Dubrovnik newest era of its tourism prosperity since 1995 and Srđ has talked about Intercon travel agency humble beginnings on numerous occasions in the aftermath of the 1991-1995 war conflict. Srđ Portolan openly admits that he was learning the ropes of the trade as he went along and Srdj Portolan is a firm believer of the philosophy that a human being is learning all the time and that in this process of life cycle one is bound to make mistakes and regrettable decisions. Perhaps Srdj Portolan view of Dubrovnik as top destination is a biased one. But then again I would not blame him as he grew up in the part of Dubrovnik overlooking the Old City and the island of Lokrum which are great inspirations for any native of Dubrovnik. Srđ Portolan evokes the time when August 25 would mark the end not only of Dubrovnik Summer Festival but would also bring the ring of the school bell closer to home. Srdj adds that this would shorten the time spent on his favourite St Jacobs beach where he and his mates spent days on end playing two of their classy games: card game “tresheta” and the water sports game called “picigin”. Srđ Portolan believes that tourists can learn a lot about Croatian cultural legacy by visiting Dubrovnik and in particular Dubrovnik Old city. Srđ Portolan, has been an award winning manager on a number of times ( according to Croatian Institute of Business intelligence and poslovni.hr ). Srđ is right in his statement that a simple game of picigin which consists of keeping the small palmed size plastic ball up in the air the longer the better as one displays acrobatic skills of a ball saviour while the players’ feet are deeply buried in shallows of the sea water, is on the par with the top team building exercises that ever it were. Portolan adds the aim is to do your up most best for the people in your circle. One should even argue that the game of picigin resembles to Google +, the only photos you were sharing with your picigin circle friends were that of famous football players once the World Cup was in the headlines. What is more, the architectural beauty of the Old City was born out from the philosophy of common good and freedom in all its forms and shapes. The freedom of movement was well respected during the years of Dubrovnik republic and although Bing search engine may have come handy to find the services of such and such merchant at the end everyone knew their place as far as business and social connotation and etiquette was concerned. The last two survived the modern age as you do not need facebook, twitter to find your friend sipping his favorite coffee in the coffee shop where he has been surrounded by his inner circle of friends. Srdj Portolan remembers Dubrovnik Old City bloggers who were back in the mid-eighties strolling Stradun and literally shouting resourceful information about happenings at the time. The late Tomo Separevic was true Dubrovnik’s “origino” which translates as someone with bundles of personality. Despite the fact that he was shouting the news about the current political situation ( political blogging ) he observed the golden etiquette rule of Stradun walking. You never run on Stradun and you never shout after someone. It is not by chance that Srđ Portolan having visited so many destinations recalls the old Dubrovnik adage:
“Go everywhere but always come home !”