Notaries – impartial, knowledgeable advisors
Many people rarely come into contact with notaries in their private lives and know much less about what notaries do than about judges or lawyers. Nonetheless, notaries can provide extensive support and expert services in many fields of law.
Unlike lawyers, notaries can impartially advise you and the other contracting party on complicated, far-reaching legal issues. As a neutral mediator between contracting parties, notaries can help draw up legal instruments and utilise clear language that nips future unpleasant disputes in the bud. Notaries aim to achieve a legal balance between parties by alerting them to possible risks and ensuring inexperienced parties are not put at an unfair disadvantage.
Besides protecting consumers, notaries are invested by law with a warning function. Notarial recording is required for particularly momentous decisions, such as buying a home, signing a prenuptial agreement or making up a will, in order to protect citisens from the repercussions of acting too hastily.
Notaries are also holders of public office. They are organs of sovereign power who represent the government – as illustrated by their seal with the state coat of arms. Even after several decades have passed, notarial deeds still prove the existence of an agreement and the identities of the contracting parties. Government registries (land registry, commercial register, association register) trust in the accuracy of notaries’ deeds when entering transactions in the register.
As you can see, notaries play a major role in keep our communities running smoothly.
Notaries work in a variety of legal fields: