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The level of notary costs is exclusively based on the importance and value of the transaction and not the amount of work for the notary public. Germany’s standardized Court and Notary Expenses Act (GNotKG) provides a certain fee rate for every official function undertaken by notaries public. Starting with the respective fee rate, the actual fee is calculated based on the transaction value using the scale of fees. The notarization fee thereby covers the comprehensive advisory services provided by the notary public, the preparation of a draft and the notarization in the literal sense.

For unilateral declarations, the full fee must be charged (10/10), for contracts and rulings the double fee is to be applied (20/10). For the advisory and execution functions of a notary public, the fee rate is often 5/10. However, if the execution function of a notary public is limited, for example, obtaining of the right-of-first-refusal certificate in accordance with Section 28 Para. 1 of Germany’s Building Code, the fee is a maximum of € 50.00.

The GNotKG specifies how the transaction value is to be determined for the calculation of fees. For instance, in the case of a purchase agreement this is commonly the purchase price. For general powers of attorney it is often the total assets of the principal and for testaments it is based on the net assets of the testator, whereby debts can only be deducted up to a maximum of 50% of the assets.

The level of the notarial feel can be calculated with a Fee calculation spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel™ created by the Federal Council of Notaries. The fee calculators can also be downloaded from this web page. We do not assume any liability for the accuracy of the calculator.

The periodic business audits conducted by the president of the state court or the auditing department of the notary’s office also checks that the matter of costs has been approached correctly. In the event of irregularities, the notary public is obliged to refund or claim fees subsequently. The furnishing of incorrect value information by the parties involved is punishable by law. 

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