Single Digital Gateway Regulation (SDG-VO)

Information in English

If you are residing in an EU country and wish to obtain information in English or apply for old-age pension under the rules of the SDG-VO, you are in the right place.

Information & Application

General Information

General Informations about the Versorgungswerk, the benefits and how to make enquiries and applications.

The “Versorgungswerk der Rechtsanwälte im Lande Nordrhein-Westfalen” (Versorgungswerk) is a law-based self-governing institution. As an occupational pension plan, the Versorgungswerk provides benefits in form of retirement, invalidity and survivors’ pensions as well as death allowances for its members upon application.

Compulsory membership in the Versorgungswerk is based upon membership in one of the bar associations in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Although the Versorgungswerk is informed by the bar associations about the memberships, the members are in general obliged, on their part, to work on their first recording with the Versorgungswerk.

Apart from the option of voluntary continuation of membership, there is no other possibility of becoming a member of the Versorgungswerk.

In addition, it is always possible to use the contact form for all further questions. Enquiries can be made in English and German.

Articles of Association

Here you can find the Statute on Attorneys’ Pensions (Gesetz über die Rechtsanwaltsversorgung, RAVG NW) and in the Articles of Association of the Versorgungswerk (as a non-binding convenience translation).

The legal foundations of the Versorgungswerk can be found in the Statute on Attorneys’ Pensions (Gesetz über die Rechtsanwaltsversorgung, RAVG NW) and in the Articles of Association of the Versorgungswerk.

These documents are available as downloads (non-binding convenience translation):

Retirement Application

Submit a retirement application and receive an electronic administrative decision.

There are two ways to submit a retirement application seamlessly, even if you are residing in an EU country outside the BRD.

1. „Mein Justizpostfach (eBO)“

If you have a ‚Mein Justizpostfach (eBO)‘ please use this alternative, as it is legally secure and encrypted.

SAFE-ID: DE.Justiz.7f581f72-2d01-4211-a1a4-9ca230e8f787.359d

2. Via Mail

Another way is through this dedicated email address. We require the following information:

  • Membership number (please provide it in the subject and in full; otherwise, the application cannot be processed)
  • Date of birth
  • Current Adress
  • IBAN an BIC
  • Health Insurance Details including address
  • Social-Security-Number (pension insurance number)
  • Desired retirement start date

You will receive a confirmation of application receipt via mail.