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Notary Services in Switzerland

Notary Services in Switzerland

Updated on Monday 21st September 2015

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Notary-Services-in-SwitzerlandPublic notaries in Switzerland

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 are accredited in Bern, Aargau, Basel-Stadt, Fribourg, Neuchâtel, Ticino, Uri, Vaud, Geneva, Jura and Valais,
  • - Zurich, Appenzell Ausser, Rhoden, Thurgau and Schaffhausen have state-employed notaries,
  • - Appenzell Inner Rhoden, Basel-Land, Grisons, Glarus, Lucerne, Nidwalden, St. Gallen, Obwalden, Solothurn, Schwyz and Zug allow both self-employed and state-employed notaries to perform.

Self-employed and state-employed notaries in Switzerland

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.

Available notary services 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:

  • - attestation and certification of documents,
  • - preparation and certification of powers of attorney, wills, contracts with Swiss companies,
  • - certification of copy documents,
  • - drafting and authentication of documents related to the sale or purchase of real estate in Switzerland.

You can contact our law firm in Switzerland for complete information related to notarial services available in each canton.

 

 

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