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It is a vocational and complex profession

Being a notary impresses character

In the introduction I said that being a notary is a profession of character. That it is a vocational and complex profession. I think that is a good summary

Among all legal professions, the notary is the one that is closest to people, their families and companies.

The notary is involved in all facets of private law on a day-to-day basis. He is an enforcer of the law and an authority, as a public official.

What he authorises thereby produces important judicial and extrajudicial effects in legal transactions. He assumes a great responsibility and at the same time has a great visibility. Much more than any other civil servant. In addition, he manages the notary's office. In addition to the two facets established by notarial legislation - public official and professional - the knowledge and application of business criteria in his day-to-day work must be added to the latter.

A profession with many edges.

Countries in which the notary is publicly recognized

Woman in the presidency of the International Union of Notaries

States where the European Notaries Conference is held

The notarial function is a real journey through private law.

Its practice covers all areas of contract law, real estate, commercial law in general, corporate law in particular, family law and inheritance law. And whether international or domestic. As an applicator of the law, a notary must be familiar with all the national legal systems and practice the proof of the law of other States, particularly the European ones.

Public law

Furthermore, the notary also has an important function linked to public law, in terms of compliance, personal data protection or money laundering control.


Presence and immediacy, -orality-, is consubstantial to the notarial function. For this reason, the pandemic was a hard test.  Being restricted the activity to only the most urgent matters, the physical presence in the notary's offices was maintained.

Publications by Ana

Professional Notarial Code

This work presents an initial work on notarial law, which I believe summarizes the function.

Notarial legislation, fourth edition

Its constant development shows that the notarial function is making progress in the challenges of the 21st century.