How to get your documents notarized for U.S. real estate closings while in Israel

How I assist my clients in Israel as Notary for U.S. real estate closings

Notary in Israel for U.S. real estate closings

How I assist my clients in Israel as Notary for U.S. real estate closings in Israel

This article is about how I assist my clients in Israel as Notary for U.S. real estate closings in Israel. To learn more about how to notarize documents for U.S. real estate closings in Israel, see this blog post.

As a Notary for U.S. real estate closings in Israel, I liaison with title companies and attorneys in the U.S.

In order to make the notarization as seamless and efficient as possible, I liaison with title companies and/or attorneys in the United States to receive the necessary documents and copies of identification of the signor(s).

I put together the notarizations and book quick meetings

After receiving the documents and i.d. I will put together the notarizations (which in Israel includes preparing a notary cover page, see more here.) and coordinate a meeting with the signors.  In this way, the meetings are quick and painless, as the work has already been performed in advance.

I offer mobile notary services

Speaking of booking meetings, I offer mobile notary services to all parts of Israel. The travel cost is dictated by the Ministry of Justice.  See more below.

Fees are as per Ministry fee schedule

Regarding the fees for notarizing, all fees are fixed by the Ministry of Justice in Israel. The fee schedule can be seen here, though it is in Hebrew (An English translation is in the works.) Essentially, the cost for the first signature on a document as of this writing is 165 NIS + VAT (17% value added tax for Israeli citizens) and each additional signature on the same document is 66 NIS + VAT.

Often clients ask why notarizing is more expensive in Israel than the U.S. In Israel, one must have 10 years of experience to become eligible for a Notary license, and the fees reflect these years of experience.

I obtain the Apostille

In this blog post I describe the process of Apostilles.  Some clients prefer to obtain the Apostille stamps on the notarizations on their own, but for those who prefer that I obtain them, I will do so for a nominal service fee. In this way, the signors need not worry about anything other than signing the documents and sending them back to the title company or attorney in the U.S. to finalize the closing.

Don’t wait until the last minute – notarizing is a process in Israel!

One word of caution is that notarizing does involve some procedure as you can see, as well as time to get the notarized documents back to the U.S. so one should never wait until the last moment to notarize documents on a U.S. closing.

Feel free to reach out!

If you have a real estate closing and wish to learn more, contact me here. Note, my hours are 09:30-17:30 Israel time Sunday-Thursday. We are closed Fridays and Saturdays.

Notarizing Authentication of Signatures ("Aimoot Chatima")

Notarizing Authentication of Signatures (“Aimoot Chatima”)

notarizing authentication of signatures

What documents require notarizing authentication of signatures in Israel?

There are certain documents which signing requires authentication of an Israeli lawyer. In Hebrew, this is referred to as an “Aimoot Chatima”.

For example, consider the case of an individual who requires a mortgage for the purchase of a property in Israel. One of the documents the mortgage bank requires is an irrevocable power of attorney in favour of a mortgage bank. This is a document that allows the bank to register the subject property in the mortgagor’s name (as well as register the mortgage itself, in the event of a failure by the mortgagor to do it).   In this way, the bank secures its ability to be paid under the mortgage.

Another instance in which a document’s signature will require authentication is in connection with a purchase of a new property. In this case, the individual purchasing the property signs a Power of Attorney in favour of the building contractor to do what is necessary for the purposes of registering documents with the Israel Land Registry in connection with the purchase

What is the role of the notary when authenticating signatures?

Well, at it implies, the notary serves the function of authenticating the signatures to confirm that the signatory is actually the person signing. Without this, there is nothing that stops one from forging these documents. In light of the significance of these documents in that it grants powers to the holder of the documents to take certain legal actions, it is important that there be a mechanism in place to authenticate signatures. Hence the need for the notary’s notarization.

What is required for the notary to verify the signatory’s signature?

In order for a notary to authenticate the signatures, the signatory must be present with the notary at the time he signs the documents. He must also provide the notary with a valid form of identification such as a National identity Card for Israelis (known in Hebrew as a “Teduat Zehut”) or a passport for non-Israelis.

Contact Mister Notary today to have a notary notarize your authentication of signatures document.