A recent BC survey showed that 6 in 10 British Columbians would not know what to do if they encountered someone living with dementia that needed help. While awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is growing, the frustration experienced by the individuals who are affected remains a reality. Additionally, in a separate survey, 61 percent of Canadians thought they would experience discrimination if diagnosed. However, even bigger challenges lay down on the families of people diagnosed with dementia.

I would like you to tell a real-life story of Margot Bentley, an Abbotsford resident. She was a nurse who made her end of life wishes clear – she wrote a note in which she said explicitly — if she got to the point where she couldn’t recognize her family, she wanted to die without having antibiotics, without resuscitation, and no to food or water. The document was signed and witnessed.The 85-year old, who died in an Abbotsford nursing home in 2016, lingered for many years in a vegetative state, her life prolonged through spoon-feeding by nursing home staff, contrary to Bentley’s 1991 living will and her family’s wishes. Bentley lived 17 years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She became a central figure in a right-to-die case that one of her daughters, Katherine Hammond, fought and lost in the courts.

I would like to underline that legal professionals can play a unique role in this process. Because of the realities of the disease, advance planning is imperative for families. In the example of Margot Bentley, the judge specifically referred to the representation agreement which Margot didn’t have and her written statements of wishes didn’t qualify for the formalities of advance directive.

Now I would like to ask you, who do you know have early stages of dementia and need to be helped? Talk to them, and their families. We can help them before it is too late. Call Uptown Notaries to know more about representation agreements, powers of attorney, and wills.

Some documents are more important than others. When a handshake simply won’t do, reach out to a notary. These trustworthy officials ensure all your crucial paperwork is legally signed, sealed, and delivered, taking the stress and burden off your shoulders.  There is a lot more to a notary than you might realize. Read on to learn all the many ways a notary can help you.

#1. Real Estate Purchases and Sales

Buying or selling a home is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Once you have gone through the real estate process, it is up to the notary to finalize the transaction. Transferring the ownership of a property can be complex. A notary for real estate transactions will handle all the legal documents, preparing and registering the relevant paperwork, as well as ensuring the funds are sent to the appropriate parties.

#2. Mortgages and Refinancing

Do you need help with new mortgages, home equity loans, or mortgage renewals? A notary provides a wide variety of mortgage and refinancing services to make the entire process run legally and smoothly. They will verify title records, strata records, tax records, and insurance status. Protect your interests with a trusted, qualified notary.

#3. Wills

When you pass away, you want to make sure your loved ones are taken care of. Whether it is appointing a guardian for your children, assigning an executor, or deciding who gets your assets, a notary will help you draft or update your will. Don’t leave Will preparation to just anyone. An experienced notary will make sure your wishes are carried through.

#4. Powers of Attorney

If you are unable to handle your financial and legal matters, you will need help appointing someone who can. Working with a reliable professional provides invaluable power of attorney services. Notaries will ensure a trusted person will handle all your affairs, giving you peace of mind.

#5. Certified True Copies of Documents

Need to use an important document but don’t want to lose the original? A notary will make an exact certified duplicate that can be presented as a genuine document. From birth certificates and passports to driver’s licenses, certified true copies can be extremely useful for applying for a job in a foreign country, applications for immigration, and professional certification.

More than just general notarizations, a professional notary offers up a wide range of crucial services, providing non-contentious legal solutions to the public.

With over 65 years of combined experience, the team at Uptown Notaries has been providing the highest standard of notary public services in the industry. Located on North Road in Burnaby, we regularly serve clients in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Tri Cities, and New Westminster. When it is time to get vital documents signed, sealed, and delivered, contact us.