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All services require that you provide two pieces of identification, one of which is required to be government issue picture ID such as a Driver’s Licence, BC Identification, Passport or Permanent Resident Card. It is critical that the names must match on the identification AND your documents. Please call prior to attending should this not be the case.
Note: a combined Drivers’ Licence & Medical card only counts as one piece of identification.
Real Estate Conveyance
Since 1984 this office has successfully completed residential transactions; purchases, sales, mortgages, refinances numbered in the 1,000’s. The documentation and logistics required in Real Estate transactions can be overwhelming. This is why you choose an expert. My expertise with my senior staff relieves some of the stress. We strive to insure you have a clear understanding by communicating throughout the process so you know exactly what is expected and needed by when.
A Representation Agreement (commonly confused with a Living Will) authorizes someone to assist you or act on your behalf with regard to your health care and personal care matters. A Representative must act in your best interest and follow your expressed wishes to make decisions to the best of their ability to reflect your wishes, beliefs or values. By being part of the preparation of that legal document you are in control and insure that your family members and friends are aware of your beliefs and wishes.
Powers of Attorney
A Power of Attorney is a legal document giving a person or persons (the “Attorney”) the power to act for another person (the “Donor”) regarding their FINANCIAL affairs. This would include property/investments/finance/pensions and dealing with Government Agencies for instance. The Attorney can have broad or limited authority at your direction. The Attornies, if more than one, can act alone or jointly at your direction. The Attorney can act at any time or only when a “trigger” has occurred at your direction. You set out the “trigger “ event in the document, which must be done while you have capacity. A spouse does not have authority to sign for you UNLESS you have given them a Power of Attorney. Without a Power of Attorney in place if you become incapacitated by illness or accident, someone must make an application to the Supreme Court of British Columbia to be appointed as your Committee OR the Public Trustee will step in to manage your Financial affairs. To be prepared and only have the people you wish taking care of your finances and to avoid the signifcant costs of requiring a “Court Order” do not avoid completing this critical document in your estate plan.
Many documents require that your signature be witnessed by a Notary Public to ensure the authenticity of the signature. Every business day this office offers a drop in Notarization period where you can pop in and have your document notarized or obtain certified copies documents. Service during this period is on a first come first serve basis. Simply call the office at 604-531-2611 and the staff will let you know the drop in schedule. Please note: There are certain documents that a Notary cannot notarize AND/OR YOU MAY need to bring diffierent documents with you so please let us know what type of document you have when calling in. You can always email the document in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org for our quick review. Sometimes the office may be able to assist you by setting up your appointment with Devinder K. Sidhu, Barrister and Solicitor.
Last Will & Testament
As of March 31, 2016, the Wills & Estate Succession Act (“WESA”) made significant changes that could affect those without a Will. Your Will should be designed to address many future possibilities and clearly set out your wishes so that there is no confusion as to your intent. When complete, you should have peace of mind. A professionally completed Will can secure your estate from the pitfalls along with expediting Probate and the distribution of assets.
While most people will be able to complete a normal Will, sometimes there is a need for a Trust Will – maybe to care for a parent/dependent child, second marriages, life estates, etc.
As Notaries are unable to complete these complicated types of Wills, Devinder K. Sidhu, Barrister and Solicitor is available to assist you with your Trust Will. Contact this office to have your appointment scheduled with Devinder K. Sidhu for a no obligation consultation.
Executor of Estate
An Executor is an individual appointed to administrate the estate of a deceased person. An Executor’s main duty is to carry out the instructions and wishes of the deceased as set out in their Will. To receive a list of Executor duties contact my office at email@example.com and a member of my team will provide you with the same. Often I am named to act as Executor in the absence of family or instead of family. Please contact the office to set up an appointment with me directly to review your estate and needs and assist you in your decision making.
To assist you with Probate, Devinder K. Sidhu, Barrister & Solicitor, is available to discuss any Estate or Probate questions as Notaries are unable to provide this service unless personally acting as the Executor. Contact this office to have your appointment scheduled with Devinder Sidhu for a no obligation consultation.
Since 1984 this office has successfully completed residential transactions; family transfers, purchases, sales, mortgages, refinances numbered in the 1,000’s. The documentation and logistics required in Real Estate transactions can be overwhelming. This is why you choose an expert. My expertise with my senior staff relieves some of your stress. The Team strives to ensure you have a clear understanding by communicating throughout the process so you know exactly what is expected and needed by when.
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