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Notarising documents

Hi All,

I'm about to sell my house in the UK. We've never met the solicitor who is acting for us in the UK and she has asked that I either fly back to sign the final documents or else sign them here in front of a notary who can verify my id (for anti money laundering).

I've just spoken to a notary on the telephone who has told me this can be done by our Gemeinde.

Has anyone else had experience of doing this and is a verification by the Gemeinde recognised as a legally acceptable certification by UK law ?

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Old 20.11.2009, 13:24
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Re: Notarising documents

Yes

Go to your local Gemeinde Notary, or one close to you at work.... With your passport / work permit etc.... and they will provide this for a small fee.. 20chf I think.
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Re: Notarising documents

I did this last year at the Altstetten office, for a house sale. It was quick, easy and inexpensive.
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Re: Notarising documents

Many thanks for these quick answers.
CHF20 is certainly going to be less expensive and time consuming than flights back to UK before Xmas.
I'll contact our local Gemeinde to arrange this.
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I'll contact our local Gemeinde to arrange this.
Notary services in Basel are not provided by the municipalities but by private notaries (usually lawyers or law firms). Just look up a nearby notary public in the phone book (Notar, Notariat), ask for the fee and make an appointment.

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Re: Notarising documents

Hi Martin

I live in Basel Land. I contacted the local notary from the yellow pages who told me that my Gemieden would be able to do it.

Is it Basel Stadt only where the Gemeinde won't act as a notary ?

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I live in Basel Land. I contacted the local notary from the yellow pages who told me that my Gemieden would be able to do it.
In Basel-Landschaft, notary services are available from both municipalities (public notaries, municipality secretary, municipality president, other authorized municipality staff, etc.) and private notaries – the best of two worlds!

http://www.baselland.ch/beglaubigung....273490.0.html (in German)

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Is it Basel Stadt only where the Gemeinde won't act as a notary ?


Green = public notary services only, red = private notary services only, white = public and private notary services.

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So, no public notary service in lausanne?
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Re: Notarising documents

And don't forget to get an Apostille afterwards (usually at the cantonal main town, in my case Bellinzona), the gemeinde can tell you where you have to go.

You need the Apostille for international recognition.

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Re: Notarising documents

Hi,


Let me share my experience in this old thread. I had hard times finding the right answer, I am sure someone will need similar service in the future.


Anyhow, to notarize documents, one can go to Rathaus (Marktplatz) and do it there.


Once the signature is certified, to get an apostille, you would go to:
http://www.bdm.bs.ch/Weiteres/Beglau...isationen.html


Finally, there are two law firms that could do this for you (at premium for apostille, as they need to go and get them for you):
1) http://www.dufo.ch/en/our-team.html (they were great in explaining the process)
2) Dr. Alex Fischer Advokatur und Notariat, Aeschenvorstadt 24, 4051 Basel, 058.211.3300 (they have a bit more bandwidth, if you need service quicker)
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Re: Notarising documents

I would appreciate recommendations for notarizing 10 signatures with apostiles for US mortgage refinance documents. I am in the Geneva area where I see only private services are available.

I have an expired mortgage lock, so it is time-critical to turn the documents I receive from the US around on the same day, probably Tuesday or Wednesday this week.

English is my native tongue, but I can speak enough French (or German) to get by.

What should I expect to pay for 10 sigs+apostiles?

Do I have better options nearby in France, say in St. Genis, Ferney Voltaire, Gex, or Divonne? Thanks!
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Re: Notarising documents

Hey @Banjo. My guess is the bank will allow a non-US notary, but if you haven't confirmed this I would recommend checking. I recently sold two of my homes in the U.S. (2 different states), and in both instances, transferring title required a U.S. notary. The embassy in Bern will do this- but it is expensive.

PM me if you have questions about that process.

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Re: Notarising documents

Absolutely agree with VFR on top. Had to do the same things with a US house sale (trip to Bern). Unfortunately had to do it twice because the notary there considered the documents from the lender incomplete. Double and Triple check to save yourself some time.
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Re: Notarising documents

Hi there,

I had to get my documents notarized for house sale 2 weeks ago. US accepts notary from CH but it has to be in English. I'm not sure about Geneva but you can call the city hall (forgot how it's called in German.. ) or google notaritat and find a place in Geneva. Some cantons only have private notary (e.g. Basel). Zurich offer notary from canton-designated notaritat place.

I also contacted US Embassy and they do it but it's 50 CHF per seal!! and you have to make an appointment in advance (only morning time slot).

Notary was 20 chf per seal at Zurich notaritat and it was walk-in.

In summary, you can get notary in English from CH and it's accepted in US mortgage/title companies.

For overnight mail, use die Post (at least 20 CHF cheaper than FedEx or DHL). I mailed my document on Tuesday at 6pm and arrived in Washington DC on following Monday with regular mail (cost 1.60 CHF).

Hope this helps.
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What should I expect to pay for 10 sigs+apostiles?
CHF 20 for the notarization (each), CHF 30 for the apostilla (each), and that's assuming you get the sigs done at the commune and take them yourself to the cantonal office for the apostillas.

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I would appreciate recommendations for notarizing 10 signatures with apostiles for US mortgage refinance documents. I am in the Geneva area where I see only private services are available.

I have an expired mortgage lock, so it is time-critical to turn the documents I receive from the US around on the same day, probably Tuesday or Wednesday this week.

English is my native tongue, but I can speak enough French (or German) to get by.

What should I expect to pay for 10 sigs+apostiles?

Do I have better options nearby in France, say in St. Genis, Ferney Voltaire, Gex, or Divonne? Thanks!
I had to get my signature notorised a couple of months ago (to allow a UK solicitor to act on my behalf in a house purchase), I rang a Notaire in France and was rather snottily told that 'notaires don't do such things in France, madame'... clunk of phone being put down at other end.
So I went to one in Carouge.GE. where it cost me 34 chf if I remember correctly, then I should have take that bit of paper to the town hall to get it counter-signed by a state official as it was being used abroad (another 50chf. I didn't bother as I reckoned a small town solicitor in Staffordshire wouldn't know the difference.

I've since discovered that in France all local Mairies will notorise copies of passports, signatures, etc. for free!
So I'd suggest asking your local Mairie first.
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Re: Notarising documents

Another suggestion: check if your refinance person (e.g. bank rep or mortgage company person you are working with) can be your Power of attorney.

if yes, you just need to sign the POA form (set the limit that he/she only represent you for refinance) and notarize it and mail it. this will save you a lot.

I did this way for mine instead of getting 20 notary seals for all documents.
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