The areas covered by Italian notaries are mainly:
a) the purchase of a house or other real property;
b) the formalization of a mortgage contract with a Bank;
c) the preparation of powers of attorney so as to be represented by a third party;
d) changes to property arrangements between spouses;
e) applications to a court for authorizations regarding minor children;
f) donation of assets;
g) setting up of and changes to companies, and all relevant legal documents;
h) acceptance and use of foreign public documents.
This stark but necessary list, however, does not give much of an idea. It may be more useful to recall that an Italian notary, according to our best traditions, is an artisan of the law and not a cold applier of rules. The notary is, by definition, a professional who is close to families and businesses, an artisan of the law who works with words the way a potter works his clay, creating suitable legal solutions for avoiding future argument and bitterness. Because this is the true task of the notary: to prepare solutions that at the same time satisfy the law and the intentions of the parties, thus discouraging any future litigation.