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When Do You Need to Hire a Notary?​​​​​​​

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 chiseled the oldest written law into stone over 4000 years ago. At that time, a notary was a wise and trusted member of society. The role of a notary was to oversee transactions and guarantee their fairness.

The role has since evolved into a professional service, but its essence is still the same. In today’s times, a notary public still guarantees clients the fairness and legality of transactions.


woman signing papers

There are a number of scenarios in which you would benefit from a notary. Our team at David Watts Notary Public can assist with:

1. Real Estate Transactions

If you’re on the cusp of either buying or selling a property, a notary plays a pivotal role. A notary public will ensure that all the documentation is in order, legally binding, and properly executed. This is crucial in preventing any future legal hiccups.

2. Property Transfers

Planning to transfer property ownership to a family member? This is another scenario where notarial services are invaluable. A notary public will be able to help you navigate the complex legal landscape, ensuring that the transfer is done correctly and legally.

3. Mortgage Processes

Entering the world of mortgages can be daunting. A notary can guide you through the process, ensuring that all agreements and contracts are legally sound and that your rights are protected.

4. Estate Planning

When it comes to preparing crucial documents like wills, representation agreements, or powers of attorney, working with a notary is not necessary, but highly recommended to avoid potential disputes. A notary public will make sure that your wishes are clearly articulated and legally enforceable.

5. International Travel with Children

If you or your spouse plan to travel abroad with your kids, especially without the other parent, notarized consent is often required. A notary will be able to provide you with the necessary legal backing for such documents.

6. Signing Affidavits

Affidavits are sworn statements used in various legal settings. A notary ensures that these are signed in accordance with legal standards, lending them the required authenticity and validity.

7. Moving Abroad

If you’re relocating to another country, you’ll likely need various documents notarized. A notary public ensures that your documents are accepted internationally, adhering to the legal standards of your destination country.

Many people think that they should hire a lawyer instead of a notary 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:

A notary public specializes in non-contentious matters, dealing with documents and transactions where there is no dispute or need for legal representation in court. Our expertise lies in ensuring that your documents are legally sound and your transactions are executed smoothly.

British Columbia notaries are experts in the areas we choose to practice.  

If we act for you as a notary in business agreements or residential real estate transactions, our experience will help us to identify issues and deal with them before they become problems.

The Difference Between Lawyers and Notaries

If we do get to a place where litigation is necessary, we are here to help you find a lawyer who can provide legal advice and assistance. We have a community of trusted legal professionals who are experts in litigation.


woman with notary seal

BC Notaries have professional standards dictated by the Notaries Act of British Columbia. A notary is also 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 a team of certified experts and can help you with all your notary needs.


A notary public can help you complete legal documents for real estate transactions such as Purchases, Sales, Mortgages and Family Transfers. By working with a notary, you are ensuring a smooth and legal transition or purchase of property.


A notary can help clients prepare for the future with Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Representation Agreements. By having these important legal documents notarized, you will help ensure their legitimacy and ability to be held up in a court of law.


A notary public can provide General Notarizations and Certified True Copies of Original Documents as well as Notarize your signature on:

  • Travel Letters

  • Affidavits

  • Statutory Declarations

  • Letters of Invitation

  • Passport Documents

  • Various Applications


A notary can get documents authenticated and legalized for use in Canada and around the world.


Below is a list of our fees and additional information regarding our notary services. If you have any questions regarding our fees, please contact us. 


  • Cost for Certified True Copies of documents: $60 ($53.57 + GST & PST)

  • Additional documents or copies: $20 each


  • For documents with multiple exhibits, we charge $20 per exhibit after the 4th.


  • For documents to be used outside of Canada, or involving real estate purchases, sales, or mortgages, please email us for a specific quote.


  • Ensure to print and bring the documents.

  • Bring 2 pieces of unexpired identification, with at least one being government-issued with a photograph.



  • First copy/document: $60

  • Additional copies: $20 each


  • You can bring the original documents, and we can make the copies here.

  • If you prefer, you can bring your own copies.


  • For more than 10 pages, we charge $1.00 per page.


To find out more information about our notary services, receive a quote, or to book an appointment, please call or email us. Our office is conveniently located at 675 W Hastings St Unit #1412 in downtown Vancouver. We are happy to assist you directly or to provide a referral for someone who can help.

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Georgia Straight’s 2015 Winner Best of Vancouver – Lawyer / Notary to use when Buying / Selling Real Estate

Lawyer / Notary to use when Buying or Selling Real Estate

As a BC Notary office – we perform Real Estate Transfers, prepare Wills and Power of Attorney planning documents and provide general notary services. (including documents for the US and International purposes)

It’s that time of year again.  For the 7th time in the last 7 years; we have been voted by readers of the Georgia Straight as the Best in Vancouver – Winner – in the category of Lawyer or Notary to Use when Buying or Selling Real Estate.  Thank you to all who voted.  An even bigger thank you to Natashia, Adrienne and Simer in my office for your excellent work!!!  You each helped to make this possible.

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Claim Your Home Owners Grant Before Year End

As we approach the end of the year one of the things you may not be thinking about is claiming your Home Owners’ Grant. The Home Owner’s Grant is a base amount of $570.00 off your property taxes if the property is your primary resident; this amount is different if you are a senior citizen. What is important to remember is that if you’re a First Time Home Buyer and your lender pays your property taxes on your behalf, this process needs to be done by you.

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Power of Attorney for Your Kids While They Are Away At School

One of the things notary public’s prepare is Powers of Attorney. We had a client come in with a really good idea for a Power of Attorney; her son is going away to school in Ontario, and so he gave his mom Power of Attorney. This was done so that while he is away at school if there is anything that needs to be signed for him in Vancouver it can be done by his mom.

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Claiming Home Buyer Amount and Home Renovation Tax Credit

If you own your home and pay taxes, you should read this:

There are two new tax credits that are relevant for home owners in preparing 2009 Personal Canadian Income Taxes.  The First Time Home Buyer’s Tax Credit and the Home Renovation Tax Credit.  If you or your accountant missed claiming these items; it is pretty easy to claim them now yourself.

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Earth Day – a few thoughts on Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Today is Earth Day.  It’s a good time to think about what you can do in your home or office to lessen your impact on the environment.

Most of us are pretty good at recycling –  we throw our garbage in the garbage, pop cans in the blue box, and paper goes in its recycling box.

However, it is more important to think about Reduce and then Reuse; so there isn’t so much to Recycle.

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Georgia Straight’s #1 Best of Vancouver – Lawyer/Notary when Buying/Selling Real Estate

Best of Vancouver I have been voted by readers of the Georgia Straight as First Choice – Best of Vancouver – in the category of “Lawyer to Use when Buying or Selling Real Estate”.

I would like to thank all of those who voted for me. To all off my clients; it has been my privilege to work with you to help you buy and sell your homes. I would also like to thank the bankers, realtors; and mortgage brokers I have met over the past 3 and ½ years who have trusted me with your clients. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

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