Como and Lecco: Making Notarial Services More Accessible to Foreigners



The Notarial College and the police forces of Como and Lecco get together to facilitate the signing of official documents involving foreign citizens.

On 1 February 2012 an agreement was signed by the President of the Notarial College of Como and Lecco, Franco Panzeri, and the Police Chiefs of Como and Lecco, Michelangelo Barbato and Fabrizio Bocci, regarding immigration and legal transactions.

This two-year agreement aims to establish a channel for information and regulatory and legislative updating between local notaries and the Police of Como and Lecco whereby, on the model of a similar accord signed in Milan by the Lombard Notaries Association, when a legal document is drawn up involving a foreigner whose residence permit has not yet been issued or renewed, it is possible for the notary to obtain relevant information from the Immigration Office of the Como Police Headquarters and from the Immigration Office of the Lecco Police Headquarters according to their territorial jurisdiction.

An appropriate information channel will also be set up to be accessed by notaries when a party to a legal transaction is a legally resident foreigner, in which case data can be retrieved regarding ownership and the authenticity of the residency documents presented.

This will take place automatically using certified electronic mail.

According to recent statistics, 3-4% of notarial acts signed on Lake Como involve foreign citizens.

“This is an important new agreement that goes in the direction of improving service for the citizen-consumer,” explained the President of the Notarial Council, Notary Franco Panzeri. “This agreement establishes a close collaboration between the notaries of Lake Como and the two police headquarters of Como and Lecco with the aim of verifying the documentation presented by a foreign citizen in connection with a legal transaction, thus dispelling any uncertainty”.

“Thanks to this project,”  added the Police Chiefs, “foreign citizens can approach the legalities of the purchase or sale of real estate or businesses with greater confidence. It will also be a deterrent to the use of fake residence permits”.

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