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Notarial offices operate on the basis of the Notarial Law Act of 14th February 1991 (uniform text of 14th October 2008 (O.J. 189. 1158)

Art. 1. § 1. A notary is appointed to notarise transactions which require notarisation or when their notarisation is requested by parties to such transactions (notarial transactions).

§ 2. In cases specifically mentioned herein, notarisation by a deputy notary of a notarial office is allowed.

Art. 2. § 1. As regards his professional competences mentioned in art. 1 hereof, a notary act as a person of public trust, enjoying protection vested in public functionaries.

§ 2. Notarial transactions legally concluded by a notary have a form of an official document.

§ 3. Notarial transactions are concluded in Polish. On request of a party, a notary may additionally conclude the transaction in a foreign language when having a foreign language command proven as required for sworn translators or with the assistance of a sworn translator.

Art. 79. Notarial transactions:
Drawing up notarial deeds;
1a) draws up deeds certifying inheritance;
2) draws up notarial certifications, authentications and confirmations;
3) serves representations;
4) draws up notarial documents of confirmation;
5) prepares protests of draft notes and cheques;
6) accepts documents, monies and securities in deposit;
7) prepares certified copies, extracts and excerpts of documents;
8) on request of parties, draws up draft notarial deeds, declarations, statements and other documents;
9) performs other transactions and documents on the basis of other provisions of law.

Art. 80.
§ 1. Deeds and documents prepared by a notary shall be clear and comprehensive.
§ 2. During conclusion of notarial transactions, a notary shall ensure appropriate protection of rights and rightful interests of parties and other persons for whom the transaction may have legal consequences.
§ 3. A notary shall provide necessary explanations and clarifications with respect to a notarial transaction to the parties.
§ 4. With a notarial document, a notary may correct spellers, inaccuracies, calculation mistakes or other obvious errors and/or mistakes. Provisions of art. 5, art. 92 par. 1 item 4 to 8 and art. 94 par. 1 shall not apply to the notarial document mentioned above.

Art. 81. Any illegal notarial transactions shall be refused by a notary.

Art. 91. A notary draws up a notarial deed when required by law or on request of the parties.

Art. 96. A notary authenticates: signatures;
2) copies, extracts or duplicates of documents presented to the notary;
3) date of presentation/submission of a document;
4) the fact that a person is alive or present in a location.

In addition, note that:

For each notarial transaction, a notary establishes identity of private individuals (natural persons) on the basis of their valid personal identification documents or passports,
b) in some cases, presentation of documents outside the above-presented list is required (e.g. when a notarial transaction (a notarial deed or authentication of a signature) involves disposal or encumbrance of property or a right acquired before 1st January 2007 by way of inheritance or acquisitive prescription, disposal or encumbrance of property or any right acquired after 1st January 2007 by way of inheritance, acquisitive prescription, donation and a free of charge cancellation of joint property (without any repayments and additional payments), apart from the above-described documents, a document issued by the head of the competent Tax Office (issued in accordance with the procedure laid down in art. 19.6 of the Inheritance and Donation Tax) confirming payment of a tax on the encumbered or disposed asset or right or a document confirming exemption from the tax or a tax relief or time-barred status of the tax obligation, c) it is recommended to call or email a notary or the notarial staff to ensure completeness and sufficiency of collected document for their purpose as requirements may vary depending on a case.
 
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