What is the task of a notary?

Notaries are state-selected and -appointed legal practitioners providing independent, impartial and objective advice for important legal transactions.

German notaries play a key role in real estate law, the law of mortgages, the law of contracts, corporate law as well as family and succession law. The intervention of a notary is required by law in cases of important transactions with long-term effects and a particular economic or personal significance for the parties concerned. Such cases are, among others, the sale of land, the establishment of a mortgage, the incorporation of a Private Limited Company (GmbH) or a Public Limited Company (Aktiengesellschaft), certain corporate share deals or asset deals. corporate mergers and matrimonial property agreements.

Civil law notaries act as independent, impartial and objective advisers to all parties to a transaction. They examine the intentions of the parties, draft the contracts and instruments necessary to carry out the intended transaction and ensure that the contractual provisions are in full compliance with the law.

Dr. Knoche & Dr. Bormann

Dr. Knoche and Dr. Bormann are German- and American-educated lawyers who are familiar with both German and International Law. While Dr. Bormann graduated from Harvard Law School, Dr. Knoche was awarded a master degree by the Law Faculty of McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Both notaries did various internships abroad. Dr. Bormann also teaches a class on issues of Anglo-American Law at the University of Freiburg.

You will find our office in the city of Ratingen within a distance of 10 minutes from Dusseldorf Airport Terminal & Fast Train Station (Tel.: +49 2102-1403-0; Fax: +49-2102-1403-33; Email: info@notare-ratingen.de).

Services

We provide you with competent and comprehensive legal advice and prepare the drafts for your contracts and declarations. Furthermore we certify your signatures and documents and establish authentic instruments. Lust but not least, we take care of the registration of your company, your mortgage or your real estate property with the competent registration authority (e. g. land registry, companies register, etc.).

Our services cover the full range of notarial activities such as

Real estetae law

  • Purchase and sale of a real estate property, a building or a condominium
  • Legal planning of a condominium
  • Property development contracts
  • Legal support for professional real estate investors
  • Mortgage deeds
  • Easements and other land charges
  • Registration with the land registry

Corporate law

  • Incorporation of a Private Limited Company (GmbH), a Public Limited Company (Aktiengesellschaft) or a European Company (SE)
  • Establishment of a partnership or a limited liability company
  • Acquisition of enterprises (share deal & asset deal)
  • Mergers
  • Registration of directors and business representatives with the company register
  • Preparation and recording of a shareholder meeting
  • Drafting of shareholder resolutions and board resolutions

Successions & inheritance law, estates

  • Drafting & recording of a last will
  • Succession contracts
  • Applications for an inheritance certificate
  • Donation
  • Planned giving schemes
  • Establishment of an endowment, a trust or a foundation
  • Execution of Wills
  • Estate settlements

Marriage, civil partnership & family

  • Marriage agreements
  • Matrimonial property agreements
  • Agreements on maintenance and alimony sustenance claims
  • Agreements on child care and child custody
  • Divorce settlements
  • Civil partnership agreements
  • Adoptions (application and procedural questions)

Providing for risks and custody

  • Power of attorney for property and health care

Notarization & certification of signatures and documents

Administration of oaths

Affidavits

Enforceable deeds