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Authentication of signature of private deeds

A notarized private deed is a document drawn up by any means, signed by the author in person with a handwritten signature authenticated by a notary public or other public official, who checks the identity and full awareness of the author at the time of signing. A notarized private deed constitutes full proof – even in court and until an action for forgery is filed – of the authorship of the document and the will expressed in it.

Main reference legislation: Article 2703 of the Civil Code; Law 89/1913, Chapter IV; Legislative Decree No. 445/2000, Article 21.