As of 1 July 2018 the portal of the Latvian Sworn Notaries www.notary.lv offers online video advice and remote notarial services. It is now possible to receive such on-line services as granting a Power of Attorney or a consent, opening an inheritance case, receiving legal advice, formalising a divorce, preparations for the sale of a property and completion of the respective transaction, and making a will.
“Until now many important legal issues were not settled, most probably because people could not spare a moment to come to a notary office. Online video sessions make notaries even more accessible. They are particularly useful to the approximately 200,000 Latvians who live and work abroad. However, even those who reside in Latvia and never had time to arrange an appointment with a notary will benefit, as will businesses, since they will be able to quickly settle matters requiring a notary remotely. And speed is of utmost importance if you want to succeed. Remote notarial services are a must in a world driven by current trends, and this approach is unavoidable in the legal profession and the judicial system,” explains Jānis Skrastiņš, the President of the Latvian Council of Sworn Notaries.
An online video consultation can be requested at www.notary.lv under “Find notary” (“Meklēt notāru”) by selecting any notary and indicating the service required, e.g., an online Power of Attorney. Citizens wishing to use this service will need a light and quiet room, a stable Internet connection, a computer, a web camera, a microphone and headphones or a speaker, an e-signature, passport or eID card, and an online bank account.
Like in other cases, the cost of online services will depend on the type of service needed. The services received can be paid for through any bank. Jānis Skrastiņš underlines that electronic means make life easier, but the online services of the Latvian Council of Sworn Notaries will also save time and money, as the procedures will be completed in one office, including the delivery of documents to various other bodies, e.g. the Land Registry.