Nanaimo Notary Blog

Puppy Life #puppylife

We really will get back to posting actual information, but in the meantime…

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Growing up fast!

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WE HAVE A PUPPY!!!

We are very excited to introduce Cooper.  He has joined our office as our full-time office dog.  He is a Sheltie/Mini-Aussie cross and was 11 weeks old November 26/17.  Apologies to those of our clients with dog allergies 🙁 

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How Do People Know If I Have Appointed a Health Care Representative?

Q. I am concerned that if I have an accident or something like a stroke, no one will know that I have appointed a representative under a Representative Agreement that they should contact if I am unable to communicate. My lawyer said that I should keep a copy of the document on my fridge, but

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I want to add my common-law spouse on to the title of my property. Someone said that I should not have to pay any Property Transfer Tax. Can you confirm this?

In order for your common-law spouse to be exempted from the Property Transfer Tax, they and the property would first have to meet a number of criteria.  You did not state whether this was your principal residence or not, but assuming that it is your principal residence which is a single family dwelling with no

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June 15th was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The often hidden but prevalent problem of older people being physically, emotionally or financially abused at the hands of strangers, acquaintances and even family members is something we all need to be aware of.  It’s too-often a family member pressuring a grandparent, parent or other elderly family member for money or getting an older person

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Did you know that holdbacks apply for a non-resident’s sale of residential property in BC?

The sale would be subject to a 25% holdback of the sale price until CRA issues a Clearance Certificate.  If the property has been a revenue-generating property, the holdback would be 25% of the land and 50% of the improvements.  It can take 4 months to have a Clearance Certificate issued, so accountants should start

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We hate to talk about fees, but they are a reality…

Q.  My parents have health and mobility issues so doing something like getting to your office is the kind of task that is often exceedingly difficult, stressful and anxiety-inducing for them.  I am a little upset that they would be held hostage to “choose” to pay your fee for a home visit as they really

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Had Wills: Got Married: Do We Need New Ones?

Q.           My husband and I celebrated our 4th anniversary in December and are finally getting around to reviewing our estate-planning documents.  We both already had Wills in place when we got married and as this is a 2nd marriage for both of us, the wishes set out in those Wills have not changed.  My husband

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Q. I want to get an Enduring Power of Attorney so it can still be used after I die. Can you do this for me?

Yes, I can prepare an Enduring Power of Attorney for you, however the Power of Attorney dies with you. An “Enduring” Power of Attorney means that it endures beyond your ability to continue giving instructions, so it continues if you are no longer capable.  When you die the Enduring Power of Attorney can no longer

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