In today’s Government Gazette a bill is published that will propose an amendment to the Notarial Profession and Notarial Archives act. This amendment will introduce an obligation on notaries to carry out research on provenance.
Lands Parliamentary Secretary Jason Azzopardi introduced the bill on a news conference and said that the law was currently silent on this issue, the proposal was for this to become an obligation.
The amendments being proposed in the bill were the most extensive since the law first came into effect in 1927.
Another amendment being proposed is for the notary to be obliged to keep clients’ deposit and tax funds in a trust account so as to be separate from his personal property.
The team of Sultana Legal will gladly answer any questions you might have about this bill.
The full text of the proposed amendment can be found here: http://www.doi.gov.mt/EN/bills/2011/BILL%2083.pdf