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Coronavirus. Changing Names on Italian Property Deeds.Coronavirus. Changing Names on Italian Property Deeds.

Title deeds for Italian properties are legal documents.

To ensure any name changes to property deeds are legal, it is always advisable to seek independent legal advice from an experienced Italian property lawyer.

There are many reasons you might need to change, or remove, someone’s name from title deeds. Reasons include the transfer (purchase or sale) of a property, divorce or death.

If you need to make a change to an Italian property deed, which would ordinarily be signed in front of a notary public, these can be made and certified in your own country through the use of apostille services.

An apostille is a certificate that makes documents valid for international use. Apostilles are only valid in jurisdictions that have adopted the provisions of the Hague Convention on the mutual recognition of documents.

In essence an apostille is a certificate (sometimes a stamp or seal) which is attached to a document. In the UK, for example apostille services are provided by, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, many countries are currently unable to accept documents for legalisation or to apply apostilles.

For notarised documents expected to be used or produced in Italy, while waiting for the notarisation and/or the apostille certificate application to be formalised, we can check the validity of signatures, stamps or seals and provide a provisional confirmation that these appear genuine.

For any legal support you need during these difficult times, we are here to help. Please get in touch.

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