A lawyer on your desk

In business today, a legal education or at least some awareness of the law is crucial. However, searching through printed (and often out-of-date) collections of legislation is time-consuming. Electronic portals on law compile all of the information together, supplemented by commentaries by experts. Together, they often provide useful information.


A site for those knowledgeable enough about legal matters to know what they are looking for. It features commentaries on individual legal issues, news from the government, as well as a directory of consultants, and you can search through the collection of laws. The crowning jewel is vast material on topical issues such as Czech accession to the EU, or links to prepared general meetings or bankruptcies. For those with less expertise, it offers a discussion forum and a Q & A section. Unfortunately, no one guarantees you an answer, and if you get one, it is not very specific or understandable for laymen.


Although this site has been up for only a few months, it contains a good number of interesting articles and commentaries on legal issues. Of greatest interest is the fledgling discussion forum, which allows readers to rate the advice and add their own observations on the matter. The Services section includes draft contracts for various legal relationships. The Full Wording section offers standards and laws published in the given area, such as commercial law. The site also includes an acceptable level of news. Pravnik.cz does not publish its own list of experts, but it has links to professional organizations under the Links and Databases section.


Legal advice from Brno School of Law students. The consulting center, which is the main content of the site, goes down from time to time because the authors are busy. Nevertheless, you can still browse through old topics, thanks to the simple, functional search form. Besides the consulting center, the site also contains legal regulations and legal humor. Unfortunately, the other sections – articles and judicature (case studies) – are too brief to be of any real use.


An extensive, non-commercial project by law school students and graduates, that associates specialized projects like Law and the EU, where you can scroll through an option, or “Go to project”, in the upper right corner. Each of these projects contains mainly expert commentaries, model contracts, and summaries of laws and standards. Advice and discussion contributions can be found under the Layman or Questions bookmarks. Answers are general, but understandable. The service for searching for people (experts) and links to institutions are interesting. Unfortunately, this site is not very well arranged, and full-text searching is not yet operational.


A portal site for internet consulting centers, including legal ones. Users can access a consulting center provided by a nonprofit consumer protection organization (spotrebitele.cz) and another expressly for trademarks (poradenstvi.finance.cz). Other links are not functional, or they go to paid services. The discussion forum would be better if it were more lively. It’s a good idea for it to function as an interface for consulting services on the net, but the links should be updated, and the graphics and organization of the site should be worked out more professionally. This also applies to projects submitted by single authors as a hobby.

This project, by the ecologically-oriented Calla foundation, which was also supported by the environment ministry, offers an overview of power plants that use renewable sources such as water, wind, and solar energy. Details on individual structures are interesting.

The Economia On-line publishing house has increased its offer of specialized internet portals. The news web site, managed by Daniel Dočekal, the founder of Svět namodro (now Quick), deals with information and communication technologies.

This e-shop sells cigars, wine, weapons, or cars. The goods are presented using photographs and comprehensive legends. Nevertheless, some of the sections are a bit spare, and purchases of over CZK 10,000 for a product on-line seem unrealistic.

A site provided by tax consultant and author of specialized publications Miloš Hovorka. The most interesting area includes tax tips for individual groups – students, employees, artists, and so on. Good graphics, tax news, and paid electronic consultation from the author.

word of the month:
Wi – Fi
– Wi-Fi is a method for connecting to the internet in a café or in the street without a modem, thanks only to a portable computer and a simple card with a built-in antenna. In technical terms, Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) is the standard for microwave transmission at 2.4 GHz, which has been released for use without any license (i.e., it can be propagated without limitation). Today it is most frequently used in office buildings that bring the internet into all of their rooms via Wi-Fi, without cables and at reasonable cost.
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