When do I need to contact a notary (in Czechia)?

Since I often face the fact that not everyone understands why notaries are needed or when you need to contact a notary, I decided to write this short article.

  1. Notaries in the Czech Republic.

Notaries and their activities are regulated by the law, No. 358/1992 Coll., on notaries and their activities.

The activities of a notary public (§2) are:

  • preparation of public documents on legal acts (for example, a resolution of a shareholders’ meeting),
  • certification of legally relevant facts and statements (for example, certification of power of attorney or a statement of a debtor regarding payment of a debt, notarial certification and notarial deed),
  • acceptance of documents and money for notarial custody (notářská úshova, often when purchasing and/or selling a real estate).

A notary performs his activities impartially.

In addition, there is a separate regulation on notary fees No. 196/2001 Coll.

Notaries are supervised by the Notarial Chamber of the Czech Republic (www.nkcr.cz) and the Ministry of Justice.

  1. Notarial services.

Here I will describe the most frequent services of the notaries.

  1. Certification of documents, including the power of attorney (plná moc),  statements, signatures on contracts (smlouvy), especially contracts on the purchase of a real estate, certification of copies of official documents.

It is necessary to clarify that a notary can both draw up a document based on the data provided, and also certificate a provided ready document.

  1. While obtaining official documents from the state database, certificates: of incorporation from Commercial and Trade Register (výpisy z Obchodního a Živnostenského rejstříků), Land Register (Katastr Nemovitostí), proof of good conduct (Výpis z Trestního rejstříku), etc.
  2. During registration and changes in companies (společnost, s.r.o., a.s.) and various organizations (spolky, nadace, družstva, společenství), including changes in shareholders (společníků), changes in the amount of the authorized capital, changes in the articles of association, etc.
  3. When it is needed the notarial custody of documents and money for a certain amount of time, in order transfer to other persons (notářská úshova).
  4. When communicating with the debtor. It is often neglected. However, it is good to know that if you are providing a loan or a credit to a debtor, it is advisable to draw up a Notary Deed with compulsory execution (notářský zápis se svolením k vykonatelnosti), which replaces court proceedings, and in case of late payment, it is immediately transferred to Exekutorský úřad (bailiff).
  5. At last, but not least, almost everything related to family law – for example, drafting a prenuptial agreement (předmanželská smlouva), as well as to the right of inheritance – drawing up and keeping a will (závěť), as well as settling inheritance (dědictví).

Of course, the activities of notaries are not limited up to the above, but I hope this post has brought a clearer understanding of the activities of notaries in the Czech Republic.

As a bonus to the article, I am enclosing a list of notaries with professional knowledge of English in Prague.

with professional knowledge of ENGLISH language
in accordance with relevant information of
Notarial Chamber of the Czech Republic

1. Mgr. Alexandra Červová
Tel: 233322815, 725858892
Národní obrany 823/37, 16000 Praha 6

2. Mgr. Martin Diviš, LL.B.
Tel: 226506331
Purkyňova 2121/3, 11000 Praha 1

3. JUDr. Věra Dundová
Tel: 272192900
Babická 2329/2, 14900 Praha 4

4. JUDr. Bohdan Hallada
Tel: 224811619, 224811322
U Prašné brány 1078/1, 11000 Praha 1

5. JUDr. Jarmila Humpolcová
Tel: 224212937
Opletalova 1015/55, 11000 Praha 1

6. Mgr. Markéta Káninská
Tel: 212245750, 776845623
Plaská 623/5, 15000 Praha 5

7. Mgr. Šimon Klein
Tel: 241 741 574
Svatoslavova 849/24, 14000 Praha 4

8. JUDr. Ing. Ondřej Klička
Tel: 222517716, 222517719
Bělehradská 572/63, 12000 Praha 2

9. JUDr. Jan Krůta
Tel: 283870434
U Průhonu 1588/11a, 17000 Praha 7

10. JUDr. Lenka Leszay, Ph.D., LL.M.
Tel: 224816109
Na Florenci 1055/35, 11000 Praha 1

11. JUDr. Markéta Menclerová
Tel: 603 755 313
Na Florenci 2116/15, 11000 Praha 1

12. JUDr. Ing. Martin Muzikář
Tel: 234064691
Kodaňská 1441/46, 10100 Praha 10

13. Mgr. Radim Neubauer
Tel: 212243859
Kaprova 52/6, 11000 Praha 1

14. Mgr. Petr Oulík
Tel: 220950675
Martinská 360/2, 110 Praha 1

15. JUDr. Tereza Ouzká
Tel: 251562537, 774256251, 608829542
U Nikolajky 1085/15, 15000 Praha 5

16. JUDr. Miluše Peterková
Tel: 221014700-711
Na příkopě 853/12, 11000 Praha 1

17. Mgr. Martin Říha
Tel: 605 322 111
Václavské náměstí 807/64, 11000 Praha 1
Úřední dny mimo kancelář
+420 603 887 930
náměstí Republiky 236/37, 30100 Plzeň 3 – Vnitřní Město

18. JUDr. Jiří Svoboda
Tel: 222326421, 222326422, 224890190, 227195221,227195245
Dlouhá 705/16, 11000 Praha 1

19. Mgr. Šárka Tlášková
Tel: 224266707, 224266227, 737282579
náměstí I. P. Pavlova 1785/3, 12000 Praha 2

20. Mgr. Karel Uhlíř
Tel: 222 200 256
Dukelských hrdinů 567/52, 17000 Praha 7

21. Mgr. Jana Večerníková
Tel: 233312693
Kafkova 605/16, 16000 Praha 6


(c) Elmira Lyapina, LL.M., Ph.D.

Disclaimer about the nature of the information contained in this article.

The information provided in this article is the general information, and does not constitute legal advice, and maybe not valid in a particular situation. To obtain qualified legal consultancy, you should contact a lawyer with the provision of the necessary documents regarding the case. For example, by email: juristpraha@gmail.com.

This article was prepared on the basis of an analysis of legislative regulations for 12.08.2019. Therefore, while using such information, it should be considered the changes to be made to the legislation after that. This article was published the first time on August 12, 2019 on the web page www.juristpraha.cz