Full-text search

Awarded in the fields of
• building and planning law
• real estate law
• energy and environmental law
• inheritance law

Excellence in (real) estate matters

Hofstetter Advokatur & Notariat AG for construction and planning law, inheritance law, Certified Specialsts SBA Construction and Real Estate Law and Certified Specialist SBA Inheritance Law.

Hofstetter Advokatur & Notariat AG in Lucerne is a leading law firm in the fields of construction and planning law, estate and inheritance law, real estate law as well as energy and environmental law (BILANZ, "The best lawyers 2021").

Our recognised Attorneys at Law hold Certified Specialist SBA titels in Construction and Real Estate Law as well as Inheritance Law and provide advice for private individuals, communities, SMEs as well as national companies and international corporations throughout Switzerland.

For the drawing up of public deeds and all other notarial services, our notaries are at your disposal.

Since 1987 we have been specialising in public and private construction law, planning law, real estate law, procurement law, compulsory purchase law and environmental law. Thanks to our know-how and a network of proven tax experts and investment advisors, we can offer you tailor-made estate planning and advice on corporate succession at the highest level, also in an international context. In addition, we can provide you with comprehensive advice on relocation to Switzerland.

Press |

Domino Hofstetter, our partner and lawyer specialised in inheritance law (SAV Erbrecht), provides information in the NZZ on the biggest disputes surrounding the inheritance of real estate. Among other things,…

Education |

We congratulate Domino Hofstetter on successfully completing the CAS Construction and Real Estate Law and on being awarded the title of Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law. Ms Hofstetter…

Press |

Interview in the Luzerner Zeitung on the Kriens Pilatus Tower - the tallest planned residential building in Switzerland as of today - by Urs Hofstetter-Arnet, Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real…

Education |


Our partner Domino Hofstetter, Attorney at Law and Notary, has obtained the additional qualification as a Certified Specialist SBA Inheritance Law in June 2021. Ms Hofstetter is thus a proven…

Tournament |

Who will win the EURO2020? It all starts on 11 June 2021.

We hope you enjoy watching and supporting your team.

Award |

Hofstetter Advokatur & Notariat was named Top Law Firm 2021 for the third time in a row and in four areas by BILANZ and Le Temps.

Our firm ranks among the best Attorneys in Switzerland in the areas of…

Personnel |

To strengthen our team in Lucerne, we are looking for an Attorney at law (100 %) with immediate effect or by prior arrangement. for more information, click here.

Publication |

In the Swiss annual magazine on planning and building (hausbau von A-Z), MLaw Domino Hofstetter and MLaw Alicia Unternährer show what options future landowners have when drafting contracts and what they need to…

Publication |

In the Swiss Magazine for Planning, Building and Living, MLaw Domino Hofstetter and MLaw Alicia Unternährer shed light on how to calmly find buyers for your home by means of reservation agreements, conditional…

Press |

Urs Hofstetter-Arnet comments in the Luzerner Zeitung of 17 October 2020 on the re-zoning strategy of the Canton of Lucerne (for the full interview).

Personnel |

We are pleased to welcome MLaw Silvan Lötscher, Lawyer and BLaw Corinne Räber .

Blog |

New blog post by MLaw Alicia Unternährer on the new building density which will soon have to be taken into account by Lucerne builders across the canton: Blog article

Decision |

We represent our clients decidedly up to the Federal Supreme Court - also in stock corporation law (BGer 4A_188/2020 of 3 September 2020).

Blog |

What do you, as a company/property owner, have to consider in the area of influence of the bypass if you have to cede land or if you are otherwise affected by the project? New blog post by Urs Hofstetter-Arnet

Award |

Hofstetter Advokatur & Notariat was once again distinguished as a top law firm 2020 in the BILANZ and Le Temps ranking.

Our law firm ranks 2nd in building and planning law and 4th in energy and environmental…


21 municipalities in the canton of Lucerne must reduce their building zones. How can you, as a person affected, defend yourself against re-zoning (zoning out)? Will compensation be paid? New blog post (click…

Interview |

Urs Hofstetter-Arnet in an interview with Tele 1 AG, a television station in Central Switzerland, on the planned expropriation for the road around Lake Baldegg. You can see the whole article here

Personnel |

We are happy to welcome Ivana Vukotic and Raphael Villiger in our team.

Conference |

According to recent case law of the Federal Supreme Court, the assignment of defect rights to common components to the floor owner is indispensable, but this does not make the matter any less complex (pro…

Congress |

Urs Hofstetter-Arnet received the latest facts from the financial and real estate industry at the Swiss Finance and Real Estate Congress of IAZI AG / CIFI SA at the Hotel Bellevue Palace Bern. #trends…

Forum |

Outstanding Schulthess Forum Inheritance Law 2019 on the topic of Estate Planning in Transition - Challenges for the Practice under the direction of Dr. iur. Kinga M. Weiss, thanks Schulthess Juristische Medien…

Innovation |

Digitalization in the construction process: Thank you Lukas Desserich, CEO and Frank Arnet, CFO/Associate CEO of IDC AG for the Life Arena 2019 at the Lucerne Trade Fair Event Location, Urs Hofstetter-Arnet and…

Decision |

The Federal Supreme Court approves an appeal by Urs Hofstetter-Arnet against the expropriation of a right of way (BGer 1C_409/2018 of 23 July 2019; click here). It confirms a lack of public interest in the…

Decision |

The Federal Supreme Court confirms the legal opinion of Urs Urs Hofstetter-Arnet and Domino Hofstetter that there is a close spatial and functional connection between a new cinema building and an existing…

Publication |

In the SJZ 115/2019, the authors examine the question of the extent to which an easement burdened person can delete a private building restriction for consolidation purposes if there is a legal basis in public…

Award |

Hofstetter Advokatur & Notariat was awarded as Top Law Firm 2019 in the Bilanz ranking (klick here for further information).

Our law firm is ranked 2nd in building and planning law and 3rd in inheritance and…