As Liechtenstein notaries, we are holders of a public office, entrusted with state authority and authorized to draw up public deeds. In doing so, we ensure the authenticity, probative value and safekeeping of these deeds. We are bound by law to be impartial and objective and enjoy public trust.
“Public” notarisation does however not mean that notarized documents become publicly known: Like all Liechtenstein notaries, we are subject to strict legal obligations of confidentiality. In this context, public signifies that we perform a public task when drawing up a deed.
Public notarisations under domestic law
The Liechtenstein legislator has prescribed public notarisation for the most important deeds in legal life, such as when forming legal entities (public limited companies), amending articles of association of associations or deeds relating to real property. Such public deeds can be drawn up by us.
We also certify facts and legal relationships that are otherwise legally relevant if there is an interest worthy of protection that they are recorded in a notarial deed and if the notary is aware of their legal significance.
Furthermore, we draw up so-called executory deeds, which have the same legal quality as a settlement reached in court.
Public notarisation under foreign law
We also provide public notarisations under foreign law so that foreign clients can be best served. This includes the following services:
- Issuance of deeds under foreign law:
Such a deed can be drawn up if the Liechtenstein notary understands the legal acts to be notarised, is able to explain them to the parties, has an overview of foreign law and can thus check the legal transaction to be notarised with regard to its compatibility with foreign law.
- Taking affidavits, oaths and comparable forms of declaration:
The same requirements apply here as for the issuance of deeds under foreign law.
- Taking of unsworn and sworn depositions of witnesses for use or preparation of court custody abroad (pretrial depositions)
Apart from the drawing up of public deeds, we also carry outcertifications, which include:
- Certifications of signatures and hand signs
- Certification of copies / transcripts / extracts
- Certification of translations
- Date certifications
The notary has the right to freely agree on fees. The fee is to be assessed according to the nature and extent of the efforts and the difficulty of the case. The Liechtenstein Chamber of Notaries has issued a fee guideline on the appropriate level of the fee which can be found on the homepage www.notariatskammer.li.
We would like to point out that there is no obligation to be represented by a notary in Liechtenstein. Various services such as certifications and public authentications are offered at low cost by the Princely Court of Justice (Fürstliches Landgericht), the Office of Justice and the municipalities. It is recommended to compare the costs in advance.