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04/11/2019 Conseil du coin : meet a french notaire to a cafe !

Every 1st Saturday of the month, the notaires of the Conseil du Coin offer you legal advice in several cafes in France.

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30/10/2019 "Europe Enacted" exhibition

From 11 to 15 November 2019, the European Parliament organize the exhibition "Europe in Acts: the history of Europe told through notarial acts".

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04/10/2019 Notariat of France and Bulgaria: renewed cooperation agreement

On 4 October, in Sofia, the Bulgarian and French notariats renewed their cooperation agreement on the sidelines of the annual binational symposium.

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24/09/2019 A cooperation agreement between the notaries of France and Belgium

On October 19, Jean-François Humbert, president of the High Council of the French Notariat, signed with Marc Bombeeck and Philippe Bosseler, co-presidents of the Belgian Notariat, a cooperation agreement for two years.

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23/07/2019 French property market report / N°44

French property market trends, french property prices in the 1st quarter of 2019: French notaires analyse property market in France.

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Pratice Areas of the Notaire

Role and Pratice Areas of the Notary

A Notaire is a legal specialist with a public authority mission who draws up authenticated contracts on behalf of his clients. He is self-employed.

  • Notaire - a public o­fficer 

A Notaire is a public officer who operates in every area of law including family, property inheritance, asset, company law, countryside law, local authorities, etc.

He acts on behalf of the State and is appointed by the Minister of Justice, and the fact that an instrument is drawn up by a Notaire is a guarantee of its legality and authenticity. All this means that the Notaires are vested with prerogatives of official authority which they receive from the State.
Under the terms of Article 1 of the Order dated 2 November 1945 regarding the status of Notaires, "Notaires are public officers authorised to record any instrument or contract the parties to which are obliged, or may wish, to invest with the type of authenticity associated with public authority instruments".

  • Notaire - a professional for authenticating instruments

The Notaire is empowered to authenticate instruments by affixing his seal and signature. By so doing he officially witnesses the wishes expressed by the signatories and gives hispersonal guarantee regarding the content and date of the instrument. Such instruments then have the legal status of a final judgment. As such, the Notaire is an amicable judge and dispensers of out-of-court justice.

  • Notaire - a self-employed professional

Although he has a public authority, the Notaire operates on a self-employed basis and is responsible for his own office, thereby providing a modern type of public service that costs nothing to the State. He isa self-employed professional who is paid by his clients (and not the taxpayers) on the basis of a rate fixed by the State for the services he provides.
See the page dedicated to the notaire's fee.

  • Notaire - a professional present throughout the country

The Notaire is present throughout the country according to a zoning system worked out by the Minister of Justice to best serve the needs of the population. The Notaire is therefore able to provide a locally-accessible public service focused on legal matters. His office is not subject to "numerus clausus" restrictions which would limit the number of notaires operating at any one time. Instead they are subject to a zoning system which ensures in order to cater to the needs of the population in any given area.
Consult the last figures of the profession.

The location of Civil Law Notary offices is reviewed on an ongoing basis under the supervision of the Central Administration of the Ministry of Justice, known as the chancellerie.

This location review has three objectives:

  • to maintain a locally-accessible public service focused on legal matters,
  • to take account of geographical and population change,
  • to oversee the financial conditions under which the profession is carried out with a view to ensuring quality of service.