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What is the difference between a notary public and a lawyer?

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It is quite likely that at one point or another, you will need to have a document notarized. You must then decide whether to use the services of a lawyer or a notary public. Contrary to popular belief, a lawyer can also notarize documents, not just notaries public.

A notary public and a lawyer have similar roles when it comes to notarizing documents.

Notaries public are typically hired to deal with legal matters in which there is no dispute. These matters range from real estate transactions and business contracts to wills and estates and powers of attorney.

Based on the binding and sometimes permanent nature of legal documents, it is in your best interest to ensure that the preparation, signing and execution of these documents are done accurately.

If problems arise in a legal transaction, a notary public may need to refer you to a lawyer for legal advice. A lawyer is also a notary public and can provide the same services as a notary public, but a notary public cannot act as a lawyer.

The cost of hiring a lawyer

At the mention of the word lawyer, many persons begin doing calculations based on the preconceived notion that lawyers are expensive. But that is not necessarily the case. For notary services, a lawyer’s fees are often competitive with that of a notary public’s fees for similar procedures and the client can obtain the benefit of independent legal advice.

Do you need the services of a notary public in Richmond, BC?

If you have documents that need to be notarized or certified copies of a document, we can help at Bernard Lau and Co.

At Bernard Lau and Co., we are able to assist you with the notarization of any English or Chinese document that requires a lawyer, a notary public, or a commissioner for oaths to witness, including travel consent forms, government documents, bank documents, ICBC and insurance documents, or personal documents that require legal and formal witnessing. We can also certify copies of any original documents. And should any issues arise while notarizing your documents, we can provide you with the legal guidance you need.

For further details on the types of documents we notarize, feel free to call or visit our office today.

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