Wills & Powers of Attorney

David Watts notary is proud to provide notarial services for estate planning in Vancouver, BC. This includes drafting and updating wills and powers of attorney-related documents. Our notarization services ensure the entire signing process is smooth and efficient.

If you are interested in our services, we will need you for a 45-minute appointment for our initial interview (we’ll book for 60 minutes). We will then prepare the documents. Prior to our second meeting to sign the documents, we will email draft copies for you to review. Our second meeting to sign everything should be very quick and only take around 20 minutes. You can use our online booking calendar for booking Will’s appointments: https://davidwattsnotarywills.youcanbook.me

If you have any questions, please email us ([email protected]) for process details, pricing, and any other inquiries. 

Powers of Attorney vs Wills

A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legally binding document that gives an individual the authority to make decisions on their behalf. A person with powers of attorney will be able to make decisions around areas such as financial transactions and healthcare choices in the event you are unable to. A POA will be active during the principal’s lifetime and can be revoked at any time as long as they are mentally competent.

A will, on the other hand, is a legal document that outlines an individual’s wishes for asset distribution upon their death. Additionally, it can designate guardians for minor children and specify other directives. Unlike a POA, a will comes into effect after the individual’s passing. It also introduces the role of an executor, who takes on the responsibility of ensuring the deceased’s wishes are made as written in the will.

To put it simply, the Power of Attorney facilitates decision-making during an individual’s life, especially in times of incapacitation, and a will lays out the distribution of assets and responsibilities after their death.

Do I Need a Power of Attorney?

Life can throw unexpected events our way. A power of attorney provides peace of mind by allowing someone you trust to manage your affairs, either due to unexpected incapacitation or temporary unavailability. With a POA, you can ensure your financial and medical decisions are in reliable hands without having to go through lengthy court processes. Trust is crucial when granting this authority, and it’s wise to review and adjust your POA to align with any changing circumstances.

Do I Need a Will?

A will is a crucial legal document that dictates how your assets and properties will be distributed after your death. Having an up-to-date will ensure that your wishes are clearly communicated and will be executed. Having this legal document will also reduce any potential disputes among family members and other beneficiaries. Additionally, a well-structured will can provide guidance on matters like guardianship for minor children. Having a will ensures that your assets go to who you wish and protects your family’s future. Our team at David Watts Notary can guide you through the process of drafting or updating an existing will that aligns with your specific needs.

When Should I Have a Will Created?

There’s a common misconception that wills are only for the elderly or those with significant assets. However, everyone, regardless of age or wealth, should consider having a will. Key life events, such as marriage, purchasing a home, having children, or even starting a business, can be good reasons to create or update a will and to protect your family’s future. At David Watts Notary, we offer a comprehensive interview process to help you establish your will and will work collaboratively with you to revise it in response to any changes in your personal or financial situation.

Does a Will Need to be Notarized in British Columbia?

In British Columbia, a will doesn’t necessarily need to be notarized to be valid. However, having it notarized can add an extra layer of authenticity and protection. Furthermore, in the case of any disputes or challenges, a notarized will can serve as evidence in court.

David Watt’s Notary Public

David Watts Notary Public is based in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Our office is located at 675 W Hastings St., Unit #1412. If you are looking for a local foreign notary or notarial service, please contact us. Our business hours are 9am-5pm, Monday – Friday.

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