Yes. In BC notaries public are allowed to provide with a legal advice, as
long as it is within the areas of law that they are allowed to practice (eg.real
estate law, contract law, estate planning law)
No. At Uptown Notaries we cannot prepare or witness a separation
agreement that relates to family law. Please ask us for a referral to a family
No. We need to see original documents to confirm that it is genuine document.
No. You need to sign the document in front of the Notary. If you signed
in advance, you would have to re-sign it in front of the Notary.
It depends. We will offer you to purchase a title insurance, which covers
unknown defects on title. It is your choice whether you want to have a piece of
mind. But recent analysis of claims shows that 90% claims for title insurance are coming from
No. at Uptown Notaries we cannot witness a will that is not prepared by our
office. Please contact us to obtain wills package to start the process.
as long as allowed by Province during COvid-19. Contact Uptown Notaries to
start your will today.
tenancy has a right of survivorship. If something happens to one of the owners,
the title passes automatically to the survivors. You donít have this option on
tenants-in-common, but rather you can allocate shares of interest in a property
depending on your investment. Your Will dictates what happens with your
Yes, Uptown Notaries we can draft a contract of purchase
and sale for you. Please contact our office.
Yes, you can. Send us your contract of purchase and sale to start the
Even if all your assets are in joint ownership, we would still recommend
having your will done. There are other reasons why you need it. For example, if
you have minor children.
We would recommend preparing your document in the country that requires
the document. We can help you to witness it. Please note your document might
need to be legalized in Canada before you can use it.
You need to compare pros and cons to this decision, like tax
implications, or loosing control of the property that you own. Please contact our
office in order to make an informed decision.
We can help you with this. In case you and your spouse were registered as
joint tenants on title, we can transfer the title to your name. This process is
called transmission to surviving joint tenant.
Please note, in BC we do not have anymore so called "living willsĒ. Now
we have representation agreements and advance directives. Please contact our
office to start one.
This document will help you to appoint a person to manage your financial
affairs. The document is good to use right away, and will continue to be in
effect in case you lose your capacity.
Disbursements include so called out of pocket expenses that our office
will pay on your behalf. For example, title searches, courier fees, trust
administration fees, etc.
When budgeting for your purchase, consider the following closing costs as
property transfer tax (refer to our calculator), GST (if applicable),
registration costs with Land Title Office, strata forms costs, insurance
binder, legal fees, title/tax searches. At Uptown Notaries we will calculate
and prepare the statement of adjustments for you.
It is a good idea to contact Uptown Notaries right away once you signed
your contract. We will need to obtain information for you and prepare all
closing documents. Typically we need your contract sent to our office
minimum 7 days before your Completion Date.
Commissioner of Oath is a professional who is authorized by the Supreme
court of BC to witness affidavits and statutory declarations. Notaries Public
are commissioners of Oath and their commission never expires.