A Will is a legal document that you create in order to deal with your assets and the custody of minor children in the event of your death. A Will does not take effect until the person dies. Every adult who has children or owns property should have a Will. We can work with you to develop a will that is customized to your unique circumstances and wishes.
A Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives someone other than yourself the ability to step in and act on your behalf and take care of your personal business, legal and financial needs. The general rule of thumb is anyone who has assets, especially bank accounts and real estate, or is over the age of 50, should have a Power of Attorney in place. Ideally, the document will not be required, but it is in place should something sudden happen in your life that makes it challenging to protect your assets or pay your bills. The Power of Attorney is only valid while a person is alive, and it can be revoked at any time as long as you have capacity to do so. In British Columbia it does not include health decision making for another person.
A health representation agreement allows you to appoint a trusted family member or friend to make health and personal decisions on your behalf for when you cannot makes these decisions for yourself.
There are so many different documents that require Notary services, and some documents may require more time or have additional requirements depending on the use, intended purpose, jurisdiction (country/province/state), complexity, and language of the document(s). We may ask you to send us the documents in advance (if possible) to make sure we set the right amount of time to meet your specific needs.
Of note, Notaries do not practice in family law and cannot sign separation agreements or cohabitation agreements. You will need to book an appointment with a family law lawyer to have these types of agreements signed. As well, we do not notarize homemade/DYI kit wills.
Buying or selling a home can be one of the biggest transactions in your life. We can help with the process to make it as smooth as possible. There are many moving pieces with a real estate transaction. As such, please do not wait to the last minute, reach out as soon as you have an accepted offer. We can also help with mortgages and refinancing documentation. We also can help with property transfers (i.e. Right of Survivorship upon the death of a joint tenant , adding/removing a person or family member as a legal owner, or transferring property into Executor’s name once probate is granted.
Should you have any questions about other services or to set up an appointment to discuss your needs, please do not hesitate! Reach out. We are here to help you.