Notary

In Germany, notaries have a special, independent role between the state and citizens whereby they are charged with the duty of informing citizens in regard to their rights and the many consequences of oftentimes complicated legal acts and transactions. In the areas of commercial, corporate and property law, as well as in regard to wills and family law, German law requires that many contracts are subject to substantial legal requirements in regard to form. Notaries have expertise in the areas of the conception, authentication, certification, and certified recording of documents in the following areas:

 

Law of Succession (Wills & Estates):

  • Wills, Testaments and Inheritance Agreements;
  • Waiver of (German) Compulsory Portion;
  • Certificates of Inheritance and Distribution a Decedent’s Estate;
  • Health care proxies; and
  • Corporate succession agreements.

 

Family Law: 

  • Marriage and inheritance agreements; 
  • Separation and divorce agreements; and
  • Adoptions.

 

Commercial & Corporate Law: 

  • Formation, restructuring, amalgamation and liquidation of corporations, partnerships and sole proprietorships;
  • Articles of association and share purchase agreements;
  • Appointment and dismissal of corporate officers and directors, managers and supervisory board members; 
  • Registration applications with the official Companies’ Register; and
  • Annual general assembly resolutions for stock corporations for stock corporations.

 

Property and Real Estate Law (Buildings & Structures): 

  • Purchase agreements for real property, ownership agreements for partial ownership or joint tenancy, leaseholds and hereditary building rights;
  • Construction contracts (new buildings and renovation of existing structures);
  • Creation and alteration of ownership rights for partial ownership or joint tenancy, estates in severalty;
  • Mortgages and charges;
  • Subservience and encumbrances; 
  • Foundation of hereditary building rights; and 
  • Life tenancies and housing rights.

 

Classical Trusteeship

In Germany, notaries oftentimes are charged with role of legal trustees.
Our attorney-notaries in Wiesbaden and Frankfurt are at your service in this regard.

 

Notary Fees:

In Germany, notaries’ fees are determined by legal regulations (all of which are accessible at the homepage of the Bundesnotarkammer) including:

Bundesnotarordnung (BNotO)

Beurkundungsgesetz (BeurkG)

Richtlinien der Notarkammer Frankfurt am Main

Dienstordnung für Notare

Kostenordnung (KostO)

as well as by European regulations.

 

Criminal Law & Misdemeanours

Our firm offers modern, expert criminal defence expertise to private individuals as well as to small and mid-sized companies as well as all aspects of preventative counselling and victim support services. We represent our clients before all German courts including the German Supreme Court. Our services include the following areas: 

 

Private Individuals 

Optimal criminal defence is a matter of trust. When personal liberty is at issue, it is fundamentally important to have an experienced defender strongly versed in criminal defence tactics at one’s side to defend one’s interests during the entirety of any criminal proceedings and, on a personal level, as a trusted supporter during such difficult times. Criminal defendants oftentimes feel helpless against police or prosecutors. Therefore, at the outset of any criminal investigation, defendants should always seek to contact their criminal defence attorney before making any statements to the police.  Our attorneys advise in regard to all aspects of criminal law including, in particular:

  • Traffic violations and misdemeanours such as accidents, DWI, DUI, illegally fleeing an accident, illegally fleeing an accident scene, withdrawal of driver’s licence, dangerous driving, failure to provide due assistance (illegal in Germany), speeding, unauthorized or illicit use of vehicles;
  • Crimes against property such as fraud, theft, blackmail, conversion or embezzlement;
  • Crimes against persons such as crimes involving bodily injury or death alongside sexual offences;
  • Drug-related offences;
  • Computer and multimedia crimes (e.g. identity theft or making illicit copies);
  • Search warrants, arrest warrants, pre-trial detention and imprisonment; and
  • Youth offences including all offences involving minors up until the age of 18 or young people up until the age of 21 years old. 

 

Corporate (“White Collar”) 

As a result of the constant change of regulations affecting small and mid-sized enterprises, competent preventative counselling and corporate criminal defence are becoming increasing important. In this regard, our services include the following areas:

  • Criminal insolvency laws such as fraudulent bankruptcy, fraudulent delay of insolvency or accounting fraud; 
  • Fraud, bribery, embezzlement; and
  • Criminal tax matters (search and seizure by the tax authorities, self-indictment issues).

 

Victim Representation

As the victim of a crime, people are sometimes confronted with dealing with the police or prosecutors for the first time. It is therefore often advisable for victims to engage an attorney who, through sound counsel and active participation in the criminal proceedings, can provide support in the following areas:

  • Help in regard to formulating criminal charges against the offender and filing these with the police or competent prosecutor;
  • nformation and support during the entire criminal investigation (for example by gaining access to criminal files);
  • Advice in regard to available legal means should the criminal proceedings against the offender be suspended or terminated; 
  • Civil actions ancillary to the criminal proceedings; and Enforcement of civil claims such as restitution and monetary damages.

 

 

 
 
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