A notary public (also known as a notary), is a trained professional who can provide limited legal services to the public.
Notaries have been around for a long time. Babylonian notaries chiselled the oldest written law into stone over 4000 years ago. At that time, notaries were wise and trusted members of society. Their role was to oversee transactions and guarantee their fairness.
The role has since evolved into a professional service, but its essence is still the same. Notaries still guarantee the fairness and legality of transactions.
When Do You Need a Notary?
There are a number of scenarios in which you should consider hiring a notary. These include:
- If you’re looking to buy or sell a house
- If you’re looking to transfer a property to a family member
- If you’re getting a mortgage
- If you want to write a will, a representation agreement, or a power of attorney
- If you or your spouse are planning on travelling with your children
- If you need to sign an affidavit
- If you’re moving to another country and need documents notarized
Many people think that they should hire a lawyer to do these things. I’ve written about the difference between lawyers and notaries in the past, but here’s what you need to know in a nutshell:
BC Notaries are experts in the areas we choose to practice.
If we act for you in a residential real estate transaction, for example; our experience will help us to identify issues and deal with them before they become problems.
If we do get to a place where litigation is necessary, we have a network of trusted referral partners and we will find a lawyer who’s an expert at litigation.
What Can Bc Notaries Do for You?
BC Notaries have professional standards dictated by the Notaries Act of BC. They also are governed by the rules, by-laws and best practices dictated by The Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia.
That means that at David Watts Notary Public we are certified experts, and can help you with all your notary needs.
1. REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS
We help you complete you with Purchases, Sales, Mortgages and Family Transfers.
2. PERSONAL PLANNING DOCUMENTS
Prepare for the future with Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Representation Agreements.
General Notarizations and Certified True Copies of Original Documents as well as Notarize your signature on:
- Travel Letters
- Statutory Declarations
- Letters of Invitation
- Passport Documents
- Various Applications
4. INTERNATIONAL AUTHENTICATION AND LEGALIZATION SERVICES
Get Documents authenticated and legalized for use in Canada and around the world.
Get In Touch
To find out more including information about our processes and receiving a quote please call or email us. We are happy to assist you directly or to provide a referral for someone who can help.