Sometimes the law requires certain documents to be notarially executed. In these cases a notary needs to draft a document which is then signed and witnessed in the presence of the notary. These documents are called notarial deeds. They include inter alia, ante- and postnuptial contracts, deeds of servitude, deeds of cession of usufruct, notarial leases, trust deeds of donation and notarial bonds.
Notarial documents are kept in the notary’s safekeeping and the notary is required to keep a protocol and register of all the documents which are drafter and attested before him/her.
A notary is a public specialist who has in depth knowledge of certain acts and prescribed processes, and is legally empowered to officially witness signatures, take statements and certify the validity of documents.