Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Notary? Why a Notary?
In one word: “TRUST”.

Societies all over the world throughout history have always needed to put their trust in a specific person to take exact notes of what happened at a certain time and place. As such, the “Notary” is one of the oldest professions in the world!

From its very conception as a colony, the Province of British Columbia entrusted “the Notary Public” with real estate and estate planning transactions and made the profession a cornerstone of the community.

BC Notaries are governed by the ‘Notaries Act of BC’, carry professional liability insurance and are subject to the discipline of their professional society. We are commissioned by the Supreme Court of British Columbia and highly trained in the provision of non-contentious services. These services include real estate transactions and assistance with estate and incapacity planning: drafting of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Representation Agreements.

Many of our actions are called notarizations since a Notary can administer oaths. These services include taking affidavits and statutory declarations, witnessing and authenticating the execution of international documents and providing certified true copies.

We are very proud to uphold this tradition of trust in the community where we live and work!

Notarizations
Please call or email us to discuss your notarial needs and/or to schedule an appointment. Please note that we do not offer walk-in service.


Real Estate
  1. What documents do you require for a purchase?
    Ask your realtor to send us a copy of the purchase contract and also ask your bank or broker to send us the mortgage instructions if you are buying with a mortgage.

  2. What documents do you require for a sale?
    Ask your realtor to send us a copy of the sale contract.

  3. How much time do you need to prepare all the legal documents?
    We prefer to receive your purchase and sale contract ten (10) business days before the completion date.

  4. How much does it cost to represent us with our real estate transaction?
    Any invoice always consists of three elements: our legal fees, disbursements (which are costs made on your behalf) and the GST/PST. Contact us for a quote!

  5. What do we bring to the meeting?
    Two pieces of valid government-issued identification.


Wills
  1. We want to make our Wills. What is the process, where do we start?
    We typically require two meetings with you: the first one to provide you with the relevant information, to review the law, discuss your options and take your instructions and the second one to review and sign the draft.

    It is very helpful if you review and complete the checklist (downloadable here) before the first meeting. When completed, you can email it to hilde@notarydeprez.com.

  2. Can you witness a Will that I made myself?
    No.