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Is there a Notary Public in the house (ZH)

I have to get some papers signed in connection with release of pension funds. Can anyone recommend a Notary Public in the Zürich area?

I've searched but didn't find what I was looking for, I know about google and the phone book but I'd like to have a recommendation rather than pick one at random.

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Old 03.08.2009, 09:35
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I have to get some papers signed in connection with release of pension funds. Can anyone recommend a Notary Public in the Zürich area?

I've searched but didn't find what I was looking for, I know about google and the phone book but I'd like to have a recommendation rather than pick one at random.

Cheers

In my adventures of person and signature verification I ended up at the
local Gemeinde/City Hall. They should (mine does) have stamps in
English for your documents.

Good luck and let us know how it works out.
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In my adventures of person and signature verification I ended up at the
local Gemeinde/City Hall. They should (mine does) have stamps in
English for your documents.

Good luck and let us know how it works out.
Cheers Scott, that's a great tip - the docs I need to sign are for the Swiss pensionskasse and I need a German speaking Notar anyway - I also have to go to the gemeinde to de-register.
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Re: Is there a Notary Public in the house (ZH)

Our local post office has one - cost 20chf to have some copies of paperwork certified for the federal authorities...
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Our local post office has one - cost 20chf to have some copies of paperwork certified for the federal authorities...

That's very very good news - I'm used to the system in Nordrhein-Westfalen where the notary publich has a given territory where no-one else is allowed to operate as a Notary Public. Since lots of documents need to be signed by a NP (house purchse for example) this system amounts to a licence to print money.
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Re: Is there a Notary Public in the house (ZH)

Look here:
http://www.notariate.zh.ch/
I'd go there in the morning before work if you can, I got my signed documents within 5 minutes. No assignment or anything needed, just go there.
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http://www.notariate.zh.ch/
I'd go there in the morning before work if you can, I got my signed documents within 5 minutes. No assignment or anything needed, just go there.
I'll second this - have visited this office (the one at Talstrasse 11 in Zurich) several times and they have always been very helpful, speak perfect English and will notarise in English if required.

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I'll second this - have visited this office (the one at Talstrasse 11 in Zurich) several times and they have always been very helpful, speak perfect English and will notarise in English if required.

Just to check one point, I need a Notary Public signature on the release forms for the pension contributions for my wife (she has to do one for me too) - can I get any Notary Public to do this or go to the one most convenient to me? I'm guessing any would be sufficient.

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Re: Is there a Notary Public in the house (ZH)

Any as far as I know. I have used different ones before now (including in another Canton). I think the point is simply that it be someone authorised as a notary in the country in which you are signing.
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Re: Is there a Notary Public in the house (ZH)

I'm just looking at doing this now, but from the position of being abroad. What exactly is it they need certified?
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I'm just looking at doing this now, but from the position of being abroad. What exactly is it they need certified?

It concerns release of pension funds - your spouse has to agree to the release and does so by countersigning the form in the presence of a Notary Public. Part of the pension fund (obligatory) has to be paid into a special account and remains frozen - it's your pension and you can have it later, the bank will offer you a variety of possibilities for investing the amount but you cannot withdraw it. The other part of the pension fund (depending upon whether your employer paid extra for you = private pension) is called Überobligatorisch and it's this amount you can withdraw as cash provided you get the signature/Notary Publich thingy organised.
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Re: Is there a Notary Public in the house (ZH)

A local law firm did the signing when we withdrew from the pension fund. The lawer never billed me for the couple of minutes of his time.
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Re: Is there a Notary Public in the house (ZH)

Hello would this work for signing any legal form from the UK? The form I need witnessed can only be witnessed by a solicitor, Commissioner for Oaths or Magistrate in the UK. What is the equivalent here? Many thanks.
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Re: Is there a Notary Public in the house (ZH)

I need docs signed in the presence of a notary (closing on a house in USA), as for this Swiss Notariat - does anyone have experience working with docs from the USA, accepting a Swiss Notary? Or if it is in English are they generally accepted?
As you know we Americans can be ignorant that there is a world on the other side of the oil spills in the ocean.
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I need docs signed in the presence of a notary (closing on a house in USA), as for this Swiss Notariat - does anyone have experience working with docs from the USA, accepting a Swiss Notary? Or if it is in English are they generally accepted?
As you know we Americans can be ignorant that there is a world on the other side of the oil spills in the ocean.
Not sure where you are but the US embassy, and I believe consulate offices, in Switzerland office this service for US purposes. Contact the embassy or consular offices for more info.
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Re: Is there a Notary Public in the house (ZH)

Getting to the US consulate on the closing day will not be possible, just checking to see if anyone had experience with such notary issues. I will attempt to use the local notariat in english and see if we get it through ok….unless anyone else has comments.
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Re: Is there a Notary Public in the house (ZH)

When we sold our US house, we were required to use the notary at the consulate; a Swiss notary was not deemed acceptable for some reason. This may have been a state thing (Illinois), but you should check with your attorney as to what sort of notary is needed.
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Re: Is there a Notary Public in the house (ZH)

Swiss Notary acknowledgement should be just fine, as long as the verbiage is in English. The original deed, which you will be signing in front of the notary, will be recorded in the public records, so it’s important that anyone looking at that document understands what’s been written.

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I need docs signed in the presence of a notary (closing on a house in USA), as for this Swiss Notariat - does anyone have experience working with docs from the USA, accepting a Swiss Notary? Or if it is in English are they generally accepted?
As you know we Americans can be ignorant that there is a world on the other side of the oil spills in the ocean.
I think that you need to check with the County Recorders Office responsible for the property, and ask what they will accept. I have heard that even within the US states it is not strictly guaranteed that an individual office will accept out of state notarizations.

I did once get a notarization at a US Consulate. It did involve making an appointment, waiting around a lot and so on. But it also greatly simplified the problem of determining whether the notarization would be respected in the US.

P.S. Especially if the other party is in the US, I would be very tempted to sign a power of attorney allowing a lawyer in the US to take care of it for me. This of course also must be notarized, but there is no precise timing on this notarization.

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Re: Is there a Notary Public in the house (ZH)

http://www.notariate.zh.ch/ if you need a list of Notaries within Canton ZH.

The one very close to Oerlikon Bhf was used for UK probate documents without any issues:

Hinder Lukas
Nansenstrasse 16, 8050 Zürich
Telefon: 044 315 57 60
Telefax: 044 315 57 89
E-Mail: oerlikon-zuerich@notariate.zh.ch
Mo-Fr: 08:00 - 11:30, 14:00 - 17:00


You might want to reach him and enquire by email / phone ahead.

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