Notary in Curacao

1 juli 2017
notaris op Curcao

What is a notary?

A civil-law notary is an impartial official who is authorized to draw up authentic documents, also called notarial deeds. In these deeds agreements between parties, and the consequences of this, are officially recorded. A notary has been appointed by the king and has taken an official oath. In this oath he swears that he will perform his duties fairly, impartially and accurately, that he will comply with the law as punctually as possible and that he will observe strict confidentiality regarding the contents of the deeds drawn up by him. This legislation is laid down in the Notaries Act and is binding on all members and bodies affiliated with the Royal Dutch Notarial Association (KNB).

What does a notary do?

Notaries shall draw up documents, in particular in the following areas:

Person-and family law:

  • Partnership conditions
  • Collaboration contracts
  • Divorce certificates
  • Testaments
  • Legislation declarations
  • Proxies of payment
  • Real estate law 
  • Mortgages
  • Auction taxes
  • Documents of delivery
  • Law of law
  • Founding Acts (from L.T.D’s, foundations and associations) Amendments to the articles of association
  • Deeds of transfer and issue of shares
  • Acts of legal merger

In addition to drafting and signing of official documents, notaries are also involved in conducting (legal) research. Furthermore, they see to it that all deeds, provided with date, are preserved and that a copy is made of them (also called ‘gross’).

Where can you find a notary on Curacao?

Notaries mainly work at a notary’s office. Some notary offices on Curacao are:
Simon & Steenbaar

Address: Kaya Flaboyan 14A
Phone: +5999 737-1117

Burgers & Fung a – Loi

Address: Neptunusweg 52
Phone: +5999 737 0877

Notariskantoor Alexander & Simon

Address: Gaitoweg 2
Phone: +5999 737 1111

Notariskantoor Palm & Senior

Address: Polaris 31
Phone: +5999-33 461 3199

Notariskantoor Kleinmoedig en Naaldijk

Address: Caracasbaaiweg 125
Phone: +5999 465 4900

Notariskantoor Van der Plank

Address: Schottegatweg Oost 191
Phone: +5999 461 6833

Notariskantoor Smeets

Address: De Rouvilleweg 39
Telefoon: +5999 462 8111

Notaris Chatlein 

 Address: Rooi Catootjeweg 16.
Phone: +5999 738 1414

Notariskantoor Eshuis Rooi

Address: Catootjeweg 1
Phone: +5999 736 5222

Notariskantoor van der Pluijm-Vrede

 Address: Neptunusweg 18 
Phone: +5999 737 4377

Notariskantoor Naaldijk

Address: Kaya WFG Jombi Mensing 32
Phone: +5999 461-2219


Notarispraktijk Hu-A-Ng B.V. 
Address: Mercuriusstaat 15
Phone: + 5999 462 81 11 

Notaroos N.V.

Address: Kaya Flamboyan 14A
Phone: +5999 737 1117

Notariskantoor Moerdijk & Palm

Address: Rooi Catootjeweg 1
Phone +5999 736 5222

Many notaries on Curacao are supported by notary clerks, who prepare, maintain, check and finishing dossiers. They further investigations data in the Government and the Chamber of Commerce. For example, during their work also have notaries to do with corporate lawyers, lawyers, legal secretaries, brokers, mortgage advisers and legal staff.

How to become a public notary?

To be a notary, you need a bachelor’s and master’s degree to have completed notarial law at a University. This training is offered in Amsterdam (VU), Groningen, Leiden, Nijmegen and Utrecht. Subjects offered include family law, inheritance, matrimonial property law. After finishing the study you can apply for a job at a notary office. The first six years of your career are you a civil law notary, which means that you do not have permission and last character that the notary official end is responsible. Only in case of perception (when the notary is absent), the civil-law notary bears full responsibility.

This article is written bij Adriaan Smit, Real Estate Broker Curacao

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