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Are there differences if a Will is done by a lawyer or a notary public?

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Written by admin on December 17, 2014

  1. Are there differences if a Will is done by a lawyer or a notary public?

There is no difference in legal effect between a Will done by a BC Lawyer or a Notary Public.

Notaries are restricted by Section 18(b) of the Notaries Act that prohibits Notaries from drafting Wills with trust conditions where the trust is held past the age of majority (19) of the youngest beneficiary. If such a provision is desired, then the Will cannot be prepared by a BC Notary.

B.Sc., J.D., RI
General Counsel, The Society of Notaries Public of BC
Adjunct Professor MA Applied Legal Studies Program, Simon Fraser University


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