and the fees
Due to the fact that German notaries exercise authority granted by the state, the state has also established statutory notarial fees covering all aspects of notarial work. These fees are identical throughout Germany and are based primarily on the economic value of the matter, as determined by law. Thus, the law prohibits negotiating notarial fees. Depending on the value of the matter and the required degree of involvement on the part of the German notary, the fees can be higher than in anglo-american jurisdictions.