WHAT IS A NOTARY?
In Germany, notaries are lawyers who hold a public office. They are therefore independent and neutral. Instead of advising just one party, they advise all involved parties in an impartial manner. Not every lawyer can be a notary. As a result of the high degree of legal knowledge and practical experience required to ensure that legal advice is given at the highest possible level of quality, notaries are subject to strict regulations and numerous official duties, the performance of which are overseen by the state court of jurisdiction.
WHEN AND WHY DO I NEED A NOTARY?
As a legal expert, a notary is primarily charged with explaining to you the legal aspects of certain legally significant acts and transactions. They serve the interests of all of the parties to a contract by providing legally sound formulations and by preventing those with less legal knowledge from being disadvantaged. They witness and certify legal transactions and serve as trusted intermediaries between contractual parties, public authorities, courts and financial authorities so as to ensure the smooth execution of deeds and documents. They therefore help provide legal certainty and peace of mind.
Before notarization, Notary Delia Reinders will advise you exactly as to how your personal wishes may best be realized and how you may best protect your rights and claims as a contractual party. On the basis of your consultation, the given legal requirements and your individual circumstances, she will then draft a deed. In that regard, she will focus on formulating legally sound provisions that are fair and balanced.
When all parties agree to the given draft, the notarization process will take place. When that happens, the entire text will be read aloud and the contents and their legal implications will be explained. After the notarization, Notary Reinders will supervise the entire process of executing the deed. For example, she will be the one who acquires any necessary permits and attestations, she will take care of any required official registrations, she will deal with all involved public offices and authorities, she will notify the parties in regard to payment deadlines and, when necessary, she will be the one issuing the enforcement order in regard to any claims.