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What are the Differences Between a Law Firm and a Notary?

Updated: Jan 29, 2022

In this post, we’ll be outlining the main differences between notaries and law firms.

The primary difference between the two is that BC Notaries won’t help you out in court or get involved in litigation (disputes between two parties in court). In BC, notaries only work with non-contentious (not likely to result in a dispute) matters where both sides have already come to an agreement. They can help out with mortgages, real estate transfers, and witnessing signatures.

That being said, there are some distinct advantages to choosing a law firm over a notary. First, Canadian lawyers usually have a bachelors degree before they enter law school at which point they spent three additional years in university, complete a year of articling (practical training), leading them to be much more experienced and knowledgeable on legal issues. They have a deeper understanding of the issues you face and can give you legal advises that notaries cannot.

Especially when it comes to wills, lawyers have a better understanding of estate law and are able to help with disputes through estate litigation. In other words, if you run into problems with important documents, a lawyer can better protect you. Laws are constantly changing, especially in Vancouver’s volatile real estate market. They can go to court if need be and give you valuable advice that could save you from thousands down the line.

If you're interested in legal representation from a credible Downtown law firm, take a look at our website or give us a call at 604-674-7755.

Bijan Law is a general practice law firm in Downtown Vancouver. We can help you out whether you're entering a partnership for investment, starting or purchasing/selling a business, want to keep wealth within your family, immigrate to Canada, or resolve a dispute.

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