Since 23rd july of 2015, the Notary has new atributions concerning Voluntary Jurisdiction that can make easier the resolution of the citizen’s problems.
And it also makes easier the consumer's choice, by admitting the requerimients from adjacent Districts and Towns, to those of where the person had deceased, had his residence, his last address or the main part of his patrimony.
That means that the notarial competence is wider than before, and it eases the Notary's acting in the consumer's benefit.
Since that date, you will be able to, among other faculties, and with full effects, even on Court:
-Declare legal beneficiaries when one person has died without will and the heirs are brothers, uncles, nephews or cousins. Until now, you had to go on Court. Now, in the competent Notary you will be able to declare them easier and faster. Click here for more information (in spanish)
-Celebrate weddings. Even though the Notary is still not able to make all the previous marriage certificate, during its pendency you can ask the Notary you choose to celebrate the wedding. Click here for more information (in spanish). The explantation of the future previous marriage certificate is here (in spanish).
-Divorce and separate when there are no minor or disabled children. More information here (in spanish), at the Francisco Rosales Blog and also at Notary's Francisco Mariño Blog.
-Require a heir who does not manifest on whether to accept the inheritance or not, in order to start unlocking the inheritance partition to an heir who does not know anything. Click here for more information (in spanish)
-Name executor of the inheritance. If the heirs don’t agree to the inheritance partition, those who represent most part of them can ask the Notary to appoint a person to do it with full effects. Click here and also here for more information (in spanish).
-Approve the partition in some situations. For example, the Notary, in the previous case, could approve the partition made by the executor. Click here for more information (in spanish)
-Forming inventory of the inheritance in order to deliberate before you accept or reject it, and so limit the responsibility for debts of the deceased. The Notary will guide you through the process to make sure that you won’t respond, if you do not want, for the debts of the deceased. More detailed information about the procedure here and here.
-Inform you of the debts, of whatever nature, that the deceased had.
-Make executive payment requirements between companies and between individuals. The Notary may request payment to any person who has a debt with you and give an enforceable title. Click here for more information (in spanish)
-Making notarial auctions (since october 2015)