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Old 03.11.2010, 10:00
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Re: Translation of house purchase contract at Notary Question

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1. Get someone to translate the contract (approx 1kCHF), we sign.
2. Give authority to a German speaker who will sign the contract on our behalf.
The notary public needs the person signing the contract to understand what he is signing. So either the contract gets translated and you can read the translation and sign the contract yourself, or if you want to spare the cost of translation and trust a German speaker, you can give him a limited power of attorney to sign the contract on your behalf.

At the end of the day, if you are paying hundreds of thousands of Swiss francs for a property, I would not be to stingy on the translation and I would have a German speaker along for the appointment before the notary public.
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