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Who is a notary?

A notary is a public official and the performance of the activity of the notary is the exercise of the official authority. The mission of a notary is primarily to draw up notarial deeds on legal acts and to certify facts significant from legal point of view.

The notary is appointed and withdrawn by the Minister of Justice of the Slovak Republic and his/her role is to ensure the arrangement and certainty of legal relations and to prevent disputes.

The notary is an impartial arbitrator of agreements concluded before him, a legal advisor of parties, guaranty of decency /proper conduct/ and certainty of contractual relations, the notary's activity constitutes the exercising of preventive justice on behalf of the state.

The notary is the official authority empowered by the state for drawing up public instruments, documents with probative force stronger than any private legal acts. The notary formulates notarial deeds and performs notarial acts in the extent allowed by the Code of Notaries and in harmony with the Notarial Code of Conduct and the Internal Standards of the Chamber of Notaries of the Slovak Republic.

The notary helps in preventing disputes, he/she is an impartial arbitrator of agreements concluded before him, he/she is the legal advisor of parties, a guaranty of decency /proper conduct/ and certainty of contractual relations, his/her activity constitutes the exercising of preventive justice on behalf of the state.

The notary is the advisor of the family, whom you can approach with confidence in case of property-related legal issues, arrangement of ownership right to real estates, succession proceedings, and dispute prevention in property-related legal issues.

In succession proceedings, the notary is a court-appointed commissioner for the execution of succession-related legal acts. The succession proceeding is a judicial proceeding, the notary is appointed by the competent court based on the court's schedule for works and the acts made by the court commissioner during such proceeding are considered acts of the court.

A notary is active in the field of commercial law and you will appreciate his/her help when establishing, operating, and winding-up of a company. The notary is a person with high professional competence, thoroughly applying law, having moral integrity and respecting the highest ethical standards during his/her professional practice.

The notary is bound by the duty of secrecy in respect of all facts learned during his/her professional work.

The notary is always ready to give you professional advice and help you in your life situations.


Fee of the Notary

Upon legal regulation the notary is entitled for a fee, reimbursement of expenses and compensation for lost time that represent the notary’s income.

The fee of the notary is a fixed sum or percentage from the price of the notarial act uniformly for all notaries. The amount of the fee is defined by the Regulation of the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic No. 31/1993 on Remuneration and Compensations of Notaries. The Schedule of Rates for calculation of notary’s remuneration for notarial activity, as annex of the said Regulation is available on the website of the Chamber of Notaries, as well as on our website in section Documents and links.

Feel free to contact us in respect of notarial fees for specific legal acts.


How to choose a notary?

The territorial competence of a notary is not specified, i.e. any client at his/her own discretion can approach to whichever notary with his/her request for a notarial activity or a request for providing legal advice, or drawing up documents.

The only exception is the competence of a notary as a court commissioner in succession-related issues. In case of the notary’s activity as a court commissioner in a succession proceeding, the notary is appointed by a court according to its Schedule within first instance court’s jurisdiction, in which the last permanent address of the decedent was.