In order to become a notary in Switzerland, one must attend a special course followed by an examination. Each Swiss canton has its own regulations and regulatory body that supervises public notaries. The Swiss Notaries Association and the Federation of Notaries are the national regulatory bodies when it comes to the supervision of public notaries. Even if the power of authentication is given to a Swiss notary by the cantonal authority, a certified document will be recognized in all other cantons. When it comes to Swiss real estate rights, all documents must be authenticated within the canton where the property is situated.
Each canton has its own notarial system:
Self-employed notaries in Switzerland are required to have a legal education. In certain cantons, Swiss notaries are required to complete a course with a Master’s of Law and an additional 2-year training, then undergo a complex examination. State-employed notaries in Switzerland are not required to have a degree. Both types of Swiss notaries have power of authentication.
For a complete range of legal services you can rely on our lawyers in Switzerland.
Notarial documents are internationally recognized records prepared and executed by notaries and authenticated with a signature and an official seal. Among the available notarial services available in Switzerland are:
You can contact our law firm in Switzerland for complete information related to notarial services available in each canton.
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