Last Tuesday, 9 May, the new Law 11/2023, of 8 May, was published in the Official State Gazette (BOE), which includes important new features in the way of relating with notaries and carrying out procedures before these professionals.
With the effects of the aforementioned Law and expected by the end of the year, the digitalisation of notarial procedures will take place, allowing this type of service to be provided online, without the need for the interested party to go to the notary in person. The procedure could be carried out by videoconference and the signing of the document would be carried out by specialised platforms that guarantee the authenticity of the signature, safeguarding the security of the information with important measures.
It should be borne in mind that this law is the transposition of a European directive, so that these new developments in the digitalisation of procedures before the notary would represent a further step in the bureaucratic integrity of the European Union, with a citizen of one Member State being able to carry out a procedure (incorporation of a company, legitimisation of a signature, power of attorney, cancellation of guarantees, etc.) in another Member State without the need to travel.
In conclusion, the digitalisation of this type of actions, and bearing in mind the recommendations established by the Directive itself on money laundering and the fight against tax evasion, will be an important technological advance that will allow greater freedom to be given to the market itself by eliminating bureaucratic barriers and travel at the time of carrying them out, as well as a reduction in the environmental impact.
We will have to keep an eye on future news on this issue to know exactly when these technological developments will take place.