Belgian notaries celebrated the 125th anniversary of their Federation at a reception organised in Brussels on 3 June 2016. It was in 1891 that they decided to join forces to respond to societal changes and their impact on the notarial profession. They never stopped. Society, economy, taxation, work, lifestyle, housing, etc. With a record number of 925,000 notarial acts per year and over 2.5 million Belgians contacting their notary every year, the profession is doing well in this Low Country.
On this occasion, Mr Erik Van Tricht, President of the Royal Federation of the Belgian Notariat (FRNB), declared, “the increasing uncertainty since the banking crisis and the complexity of our society have huge consequences for the notaries’ work. As public office-holders in charge of acts or registrations, we have observed over the last ten years that the role as adviser has become increasingly important. The professionalization of our services, digitisation and automation enable us to manage a growing flow of activities in an optimal manner.”
The Justice Minister, Mr Koen Geens, also announced his wish to complete successfully two projects to computerise the notariat. The first will concern the possibility to issue acts by videoconference in two notary practices. The second will involve the creation of a digital register of successions, simplifying the search for a notary managing a succession. A landlord/lady will therefore know immediately who he/she needs to contact to clear up any outstanding rent, a banker will know who he/she must inform about accounts still open in the deceased’s name, etc.
The photos of the event are available at the following link: https://enotariusfr.be/2016/06/06/la-federation-celebre-ses-125-ans/