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Whether we’re talking about a marriage certificate or a real estate transaction, a notary plays a key role when it comes to ensuring that the whole process takes place under the best conditions and that the parties involved are protected.

What is the role of a notary?

Notaries play a very important role in our society. They are both legal advisers and paperwork specialists. As public officers, they have a mission to prepare and store official documents related to several legal situations that take place at different times in people's lives. For example, they will intervene at the time of writing the marriage contract, signing a deed of sale and drawing up a will. These are just a few examples of the services offered by a notary.

Here is a more complete list:

  • Estate
  • Heritage protection
  • Protection, Inaptitude
  • Wedding
  • Separation or divorce
  • Real estate
  • Commercial lease
  • Condo
  • Construction
  • Company
  • Intellectual property
  • Source codes
  • Maritime
  • Mediation & Arbitration

Notaries are also there to prevent litigation and situations of illegality. They advise and guide people through important stages of their lives. They look after the rights and interests of the people who use their services, while acting as legal advisers.

In addition, their signature can serve as a guarantee of credibility and be useful in situations of misunderstanding. When a document is signed by a notary, it becomes an "authentic deed" or “authentic act”, which means that its authenticity is proven by an impartial third party.

Situations where it is mandatory to hire a notary in Quebec

In Quebec, there are four situations in which it is mandatory to retain the services of a notary to validate documents:

  • The sale or purchase of real estate
  • Donation
  • Wedding
  • Estate (will)

How to choose your notary

In certain situations, including real estate transactions, the notary will be chosen by another party involved. However, when it's up to you to find a notary, what are the criteria you should consider to make sure you're in good hands? At first glance, all notaries can offer good work because they are public officers and they must meet many standards to obtain and keep their title.

Of course, as we are sometimes looking at delicate personal situations, it is better to find a notary with whom you will get along well and who will manage your records accurately and efficiently. To do this, you can consult your family to get their recommendations; you can also try to find a notary who is specialized in a certain field, so that they give the best, most effective advice.

Starting from the first meeting, you will also be able to perceive whether the notary is patient and if they properly explain the various steps and the elements involved in the case. If they take the time to explain things to you, this is a good sign!

Notary: a human profession

Notaries must deal with highly emotional situations. In general, we go to the notary during the most beautiful, but also the most difficult moments of our lives. Far from the cliché of the serious and beige person, the notary must therefore be able to master complex situations.

5 reasons to use the services of a notary

1) The notary is impartial

2) They are rigorous in how they approach their work

3) It helps you to avoid unpleasant surprises

4) You save a lot of time and avoid paperwork

5) It simplifies communications with other parties

Finding a notary in Quebec

Looking for a certified notary for a real estate transaction, to validate a contract, a will, a marriage certificate or any other type of service offered by a notary? Know that you are in the right place! Simply fill out the form above to get in touch with notaries who are part of the XpertSource.com network.

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