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Brazil: A Complex Legal Landscape

The country of Brazil is a Federative Republic consisting of 26 individual states that have the autonomy to adopt and craft individual laws according to principles of the Federal Constitution. At the state level, courts and judges operate within their defined jurisdiction with unique judicial systems based on civil law.

The Brazilian government consist of three branches – legislative, executive, and judicial. Brazil has a National Congress which consist of The Chamber of Deputies whom along with the Federal Senate exercises legislative powers. The executive branch is lead by President and the various Ministers of State. The Federal Supreme Court is the top court in the judicial branch which consist of eight independent courts and tribunals.

The Brazilian legal system is indeed a complex web of more than 180,000 laws and is hard to understand and navigate even for the Federal Court of Justice. Keeping track of which laws have been revoked and which laws are still in force can be challenging to stay on top of. This is fueled by the Chamber of Deputies which established a special committee to review Brazil’s laws and eliminate those laws which it finds archaic.

Having an experienced local attorney that is firmly in touch with the changing Brazilian legal landscape is essential to gaining fair and effective representation in the Brazilian legal system. A good lawyer should be familiar with both federal and regional laws.

A member of the International bar Association and former President of the Brazilian Bar Association, Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho (RT) is well respected within Brazilian legal practice. He is a founding partner at partner Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados where he has personally mentored partners. Also, Ricardo Tosto is a highly regarded political writer and speaker. Indeed, Ricardo Tosto has many specialized published articles and has even co-authored a Brazilian book entitled “O Processo de Tiradentes”.

Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho has represented many public personalities and companies. Ricardo Tosto has provided legal counsel for many of Brazil’s largest corporations, politicians and the government. He has held many senior positions with Brazilian corporations providing legal management advice to companies such as Grupo Rede, Fundacao Rede de Previdencia Privada, and Grupo Alusa. Find Ricardo Tosto on Twitter to keep up with news and other information.

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