German Civil Law Notaries

Approximately 8,000 legal practitioners work as civil law notaries in Germany today. They are state-appointed officials providing independent, impartial and objective advice for important legal transactions.
German Civil Law Notaries
German Civil Law Notaries
In roughly two thirds of the country civil law notaries practise as single-profession civil law notaries (marked in dark blue).

In the other areas, civil law notaries exercise the profession as an additional office alongside with their activity as attorneys (marked in light blue).

For historical reasons, there are also state-employed civil law notaries in some parts of the State of Baden-Württemberg.

However, the same professional rules apply to all civil law notaries.

Procedural provisions, ethics and fees of the civil law notaries are governed by federal law and are therefore the same all over Germany.