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Qualified Electronic Signature - QES

On 15 March 2002 National Council of the Slovak Republic adopted Act no. 215/2002 Coll. on Electronic Signature and on amendment of certain laws (hereinafter the "Act"). The Act regulates relations arising in connection with the preparation  and the use of electronic signatures, rights and obligations of natural and legal persons in the use of electronic signatures, the authenticity and protection of electronic documents signed digitally. The Act came into force on September 1,  2002 and is based on the Directive of the European Union No. 1999/93 / EC of 1999.

Mariana Paulíková Law Firm follows the trend of digitalization and disposes Qualified  Electronic Signature - QES- to accelerate judicial process, proceedings at the Commercial Register and cadastral procedure; saves client time significantly and not least reduces costs and improves the speed of communication with the authorities and with the courts in individual cases.

Advantages associated with QES:

- Saves Time

QES makes it possible to file a motion electronically with a state office or a court from anywhere and anytime, even at nighttime. Individual submissions with attachments are sent electronically, directly from the law firm, this means that the client or eventually other person save time on the administration at the commercial registry, save the time required for ensuring the delivery by post or court messengers. Expressions of the authorities and courts are sent electronically to the law firm, and the law firm forwards them immediately to the clients, electronically.

- Saves Money at the Commercial Register, in civil and commercial matters, in cadastral proceedings.

In accordance with the provisions in the Article 6 (4) of the Act no. 71/1992 Coll. on Court Fees and Fees for Criminal Records : "If in matters relating to the commercial register the entire proposal is submitted by electronic means, the rate of its fee shall equal to 50% of the fixed amount set out in the scale." I.e. the court fees have thus reduced by half; and they are as follows:

o filling a motion for registration of Joint Stock Company is € 414.75 instead of € 829.50,
o filling a motion for registration of Limited Company, Ltd. is € 165.75 instead of € 331.50,
o filling a motion for registration of changes in company is € 33 instead of € 66;
o an extract from the Commercial Register is € 0.33 instead of € 6.50.
Another advantage is that the number of copies of documents served electronically (just one copy of each document) is different from the number of documents given in paper form, which is reflected primarily in cost savings for the authentification of signatures and the authentification of photocopied documents. In the case that the lawyer disposes power of attorney, there is no need to certify the authenticity of the signature with the Commercial Register. In view of these facts, the client saves money on notary fees.
In fact, any action or motion in civil and commercial matter can be filled via Qualified Electronic Signature .
Under the Article 22 (4) of the Act 162/1995 Coll. on Cadastre and on Property Registration and Other Rights in Immovable Property (Cadastral Act) "cadastral proceedings may be pursued electronically."

Under the scale on administrative fees (General Report, Article I, line 11), the administrative fee for filing a motion for commencement of the process of property registration with the cadastre, if submitted electronically, is € 33. This means that even in this case the client can save up to half of the administrative charges relating to the proposal submitted and signed electronically via Qualified Electronic Signature.
o filing a motion for commencement of the process of property registration with the cadastre is € 33 instead of € 66;

- Flexibility of communication

Law office communicates with clients, offices and courts electronically, it uses mainly classical e-mails via electronical post.
Legal charges are payed by internet banking pursuant to payment conditionals sent by electronical office or court.