Clarity today and

a better tomorrow

Are you facing family difficulties? This has been my field for 12 years. I'm a Valais lawyer, Swiss Bar Association Family Law Specialist since 2018. My aim: to get you through these difficult times as well as possible, without judgment but with clear explanations, an understandable strategy and constant alignment with what you want.
Me Damien Hottelier Β· Member of the Valais Bar
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The orientation appointment, by videoconference or face-to-face, lasts around one to two hours and costs 400 fr. You are entirely free to decide whether or not to continue.
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A member of FSA/SBA, VF/FA,

I'm at your side.

Without legalese.

And my five collaborators too.
Legal proceedings can be stressful and emotional. My goal? To offer you quality support and resources every step of the way.
I spare you unnecessary mail, I simplify communication and I favor the immediacy that digital technology allows.
My role is to guide you through the maze of family law and make sure your voice is heard, which starts with understanding you.

My services.

I only do one thing, and I do it well: family law in the broadest sense of the term.
Estate planning

The family is the primary element influencing the fate of the family estate. If you're aware of this before you're forced to, I can help you plan for the future.

I am also the creator of, a site that assists you in drafting current provisions.

My experience includes:

  • Wills
  • Planning inter vivos deeds
  • Planning before you leave Switzerland / arrive in Switzerland
  • Planning before and during the marriage
  • Mandate for incapacity
  • Advance medical directives
  • Child-related wishes

In a separation or divorce, everyone has their own expectations. I don't guess at them, and I simply want to listen to you, understand you and give you your realistic options. The rest is either technique or common sense.

My experience includes:

  • Amicable and non-amicable divorces (> 1,000)
  • Modification of divorce decree
  • Measures to protect the marital union (= separation under Swiss law)
  • Removal measures
  • International divorces
  • Security measures on assets (e.g. blocking)
  • Break-ups outside marriage and liquidation of partnerships
  • Additional foreign judgments (occupational benefits, maintenance)
  • Independent liquidation of matrimonial property
  • Security measures (blocking, sequestration)
  • Taking over a transaction in matrimonial assets and other anti-dilapidation transactions
  • Liquidation of intermediate vehicles (asset holding companies)
International families

More or less 30% of the situations I handle involve another nationality. I practice on a daily basis, either on my own or in tandem with foreign lawyers, and I don't hesitate to advise you to start proceedings abroad if it's in your best interests.

My experience includes:

  • International divorces
  • Planning your arrival in / departure from Switzerland
  • Family reunification
  • Divorce/forum running
  • Additional foreign judgments (occupational benefits, maintenance)
  • Security measures (blocking, sequestration)
  • Taking over a transaction in matrimonial assets and other anti-dilapidation transactions
  • Liquidation of intermediate vehicles (asset holding companies)
LGBT Families

LGBTQ+ families in Switzerland are undergoing a real revolution: they are becoming "normal" families in the eyes of the law. There are still a few complications; I can help you, within the limits of the law, particularly in the case of adoption or the regularization of a birth abroad. In these cases, foreign law can be useful.


My experience includes:

  • Petition for distribution of inheritance
  • Action to reduce previous distributions
  • Drafting of sharing agreement
  • Drafting of wills
  • Executor-related legal actions
  • Action for annulment of will
Elder law

As a former clerk for a child and adult protection authority, I'm familiar with this field and recent developments.


The rules have changed. I'm here to show you what they are today.

My C.V.

Damien Hottelier, bachelor in forensic sciences (2006), master of law in new information and communication technologies (2008), bachelor of law (2009), attorney-at-law (2011), SBA specialist in family law (2018), married (2011), two daughters and a son (2012, 2014, 2018), LL.M. Tax (in progress), mother from Valais and father from Geneva, lives in the canton of Vaud, member of the Valais bar, member OAVS / FSA / VF-FA, Kiwanian

What my customers say

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Super lawyers, very very satisfied, good listeners. Can be as flexible as they are hard-nosed. I was very well defended. Will go back if necessary. Many thanks to Deryan for the fast and efficient progress of the situation.
Anita Β· February 2023
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100% confidence in the work done, confidence in the advice given.I'm not worried, I know there's support and dialogue for past and future hearings.A huge thank you for the work carried out, especially in these complicated and tiring cases over the long term.
Cindy Β· December 2021
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Efficient, fast, attentive, understanding lawyer who cares about his or her client.
Alexandra Β· 2020
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Me Hottelier dealt with our case very seriously and precisely, with a very good result. Highly recommended!
Katia Β· Novembre 2021
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Pleasant welcome at a difficult and emotional time, precise introduction to the legal bases, what you can and can't do, the different options are clearly explained. No judgement or bias, which is not easy.
Alain Β· February 2023
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Speed and professionalism, many thanks.
Caroline Β· April 2022
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Great team, always ready to listen. A real support in difficult times.
Lynda Β· July 2022
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Certainly one of the best in his field, thank you.
Jeremy Β· March 2023
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Efficient, simple and fast service. Highly recommended.
StΓ©phanie Β· September 2023
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Me Hottelier manages with great skill and humanity to reconcile the needs of his client, those of the children who are too often taken to task, and the reality of a procedure that is often far too long and difficult. A very professional and attentive lawyer, with a formidable and reliable intelligence, I can only recommend him.
Alexandra Β· October 2023
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He was an excellent lawyer, combative and honest, and managed to conclude my case very quickly.
Alex Β· November 2021
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I am very satisfied with the handling and follow-up of my file. Your advice was very judicious. Your calm and serenity have been a considerable asset in my support and the handling of my case. I won't hesitate to call on you for anyone who needs your services.
Dorette Β· March 2022
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Excellent contact, attentive, very friendly. Thank you for your advice.
Sylvia Β· November 2022
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A lawyer who listens, empathizes, cares and has a perfect sense of justice. I recommend him with my eyes closed! He was a great support to me.
Alicia Β· July 2022
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A huge THANK YOU to Me Hottelier for her very professional work and for all the follow-up on the case. [...] Me Hottelier knew how to put all the chances on my side, so that I came out of this case with as few expenses as possible. He enabled me to WIN in my divorce, because my ex-husband didn't get the money he wanted to take from me.I'm delighted with the services of Me Hottelier's firm, and I recommend him to anyone who needs a good lawyer to be able to move forward and win honestly, in a family matter!
AlizΓ©e Β· January 2023
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I would like to congratulate the Hottelier team on their fast and efficient handling of my case.
Victor Β· July 2023
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I'd like to thank your entire team for your outstanding work! I am an alternating custody father of two children and can finally look forward to a healthy and decent life for my children. The results of my case have exceeded all my expectations. Thank you once again from the bottom of my heart for your support!
Jonathan Β· October 2023
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I highly recommend Me Hottelier and his team. You'll find an attentive and empathetic ear as well as expert advice and unfailing professionalism.
Anonyme Β· February 2023

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