Society is composed of people with varying and sometimes competing interests. Agreements are needed in order to ensure that business between them can be conducted smoothly. What is also needed is an independent official to record such agreements. This is the notary (or junior notary).
It must be underlined that Dutch notaries are civil law notaries, meaning that they are fully qualified legal professionals and thus entirely distinct from the profession of notary public in the United States and other common law countries. For ease of reading and in keeping with the practice in EU legislation, however, this translation of the website simply uses the term notary.
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- Task of the notary
- Notarial acts
- Areas of law