Yearly Archives: 2014


WESA Changes

The Government of British Columbia has been working over the past few years to overhaul succession planning legislation in an effort to modernize old laws.

The most recent Wills, Estates and Succession Act (WESA), which took effect March 31, 2014, presents some fairly significant changes to the former Wills Act.

What are the changes that come with WESA and how will these […]

By |2017-10-30T16:58:04-07:0011:40 pm|News and Updates, Wills|

A Will for Every Family

Modern families come in many different forms. One parent, two parents, extended family, with kids and without. No matter what members make up your family, they need—and deserve—financial protection.

Despite the fact that only half of the adult population of British Columbia have wills in place, this is one of the most important things you can do to financially safeguard your […]

By |2017-10-30T16:58:04-07:0012:00 am|Wills|

What Does it Mean to Have Something Notarized?

A Notary Public’s seal indicates on a document indicates it has been notarized. But what does it mean to have something notarized and when is it needed?

Not all documents require notarization, but many do. For instance, banks, other financial institutions and the court system often require documents to be notarized.

It’s the Notary Public’s role to verify the identity […]

By |2017-10-30T16:58:04-07:008:01 pm|Uncategorized|

What is a Consent to Travel Letter?

With spring break fast approaching, many British Columbians are planning and looking forward to trips away.

If your children are not travelling with both parents or if they’re travelling with another adult or family member, there are some travel documents you may want to consider.

The Government of Canada strongly recommends a consent to travel letter signed by both parents or guardians […]

By |2014-03-06T17:03:26-08:005:03 pm|Uncategorized|

This One Change in the 2014 B.C. Budget Could Save you $7500

The government of British Columbia has introduced changes to the Property Transfer Tax in today’s Budget.

From the 2014 Budget press release:

Many British Columbians buying their first home will pay less Property Transfer Tax, as the Province is increasing the threshold for the first time homebuyers program to $475,000 from $425,000, an exemption that can save the purchaser up to $7,500 when buying […]

By |2014-02-19T01:45:38-08:001:25 am|Uncategorized|

Why is having a Power of Attorney important?

From Chilliwack Progress – Ask An Expert section

Many people, especially people with spouses, don’t really think they need a Power of Attorney. If one is unable to act on their own behalf, many assume that a spouse or family member can just step in and take care of legal and financial affairs such as selling property or insuring a […]

By |2017-10-30T16:58:05-07:007:48 pm|Power of Attorney|

How can a Notary help with your real estate transaction?

Navigating real estate purchases and sales involving large sums of money can be an intimidating prospect. Your notary’s job is to take the guesswork and uncertainty out of the process.

Notaries public can help with many non-contentious legal matters, including conveyancing––the purchase, sale and mortgage of property.

What are the three main things your Notary will do for you during property purchase, […]

By |2017-10-30T16:58:05-07:0010:51 pm|Conveyancing, Uncategorized|