The notary trade
What Does a Notary Actually do?The law describes the task of the notary in the following way: “notaries are civil servants who - with the exclusion of others - are authorised to draw up and authorise notarial deeds and certify their date, archive deeds, and provide copies and extracts thereof”.
From this you may conclude that the notary spends all day signing documents and archiving stacks of paper. Nothing is further from the truth!
In reality a notary, to put it simply, provides security in judicial matters. In our society, we tend to enter into agreements about all sorts of things. From marriage to the legal form of a company, from the way an inheritance is divided to the regulations within a foundation. The notary records all these agreements and informs all the parties involved. This is necessary because otherwise agreements may not be described correctly, they may be observed incorrectly or not at all, or they may even be forgotten. A notary ensures that all the parties involved realise what the consequences of any agreements they enter into are, and, as an impartial and independent party, ensures that all interests are upheld and that everyone adheres to the agreements.
So you can see a notary as someone who prevents possible conflicts and brings people together. Both private individuals and businesses, foundations, and societies can get help from a notary. It is a notary’s duty to help everyone who asks for his services (unless it concerns illegal matters, of course).