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Child Travel Consent Letters

Tips for Writing Child Travel Consent Letters

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Travel consent letters for children travelling without a parent or guardian are not mandatory in Canada. However, the Government of Canada highly recommends that a child travelling abroad alone, with only one parent/guardian, with friends or relatives, or with a group, carry a consent letter signed by every parent or guardian who is not accompanying the child on the trip. This includes non-custodial parents who have visitation rights. Read More

10 Essential Strata Buyer Tips | Notary Public Blog Chilliwack BC | Jackie Tait

10 Essential Tips for Potential Strata Buyers

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Strata title properties are more popular than ever – over one in three BC residents live in a residential strata. If you are a first time buyer, an empty nester looking to downsize, or simply looking for a more affordable housing solution, the strata market may be right for you. However, it is very important to understand the nature of strata versus freehold ownership before you make a decision.

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Dying Without Will Notary Public Chillwack BC

What Happens If You Die Without A Will?

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If you die without a Will in BC, the Estate Administration Act determines how your Estate will be divided. This is called the “intestate distribution scheme”, and it may not be in line with your true wishes. For example, if you have no spouse, children or grandchildren, your estate would go to your parents (or the survivor of them). Only if your parents predecease you would your estate go to your siblings, if you have any. Read More

Qualifying for the First Time Home Buyers’ Program

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Shopping for your first home is very exciting, but trying to plan for all of the unforeseen costs can be stressful. Most people are aware of Property Transfer Tax (“PTT”), which is a provincial tax payable when the title to a property changes hands. However, don’t automatically assume that you qualify for an exemption simply because you are a first time home buyer (“FTHB”). This could be a costly mistake, resulting in a delay or even potential legal liability if you are unable to complete the purchase due to an inability to pay an unexpected PTT bill. Read More

The New “Enduring Power of Attorney”

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The newly expanded Power of Attorney Act (the “Act”) came into force on September 1, 2011. It brought several important changes to the law governing Enduring Powers of Attorney (“EPOA”), which are those that remain or become effective after the maker of the EPOA (known as the “Adult”) becomes mentally incompetent. Generally speaking, Powers of Attorney that were made prior to the legislative amendments will still be valid. However, it is worth considering whether making a new EPOA may be beneficial for you. Read More

Which Parking Space is Mine?

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How Condo Parking Spaces are Allocated

Determining which parking space you are entitled to can be one of the most frustrating things about buying a condo. Parking spaces are allocated in different ways, depending upon whether they are designated on the strata plan as common property, limited common property, part of a strata lot, a separate strata lot, or common property that has been allocated under a lease or license by the owner developer. Read More

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