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Ellington & Ellington Notaries Public Answers FAQs

Q: What is a notary public?

A: A notary public is a public official endowed with the legal power to handle matters such as wills, real estate transactions, powers of attorney and affidavits. A notary may administer oaths, witness certain official documents and provide notarizations for various documents.


We are permitted to dispense legal advice and to issue deeds, contracts and other commercial transactions.


Q: What can a notary public do for me?

A: If you’re planning on buying or selling a house, a notary public can assist you with the legalities – at least in British Columbia. If you wish to take an oath or need a witness for an important document, the notary public will affix his/her stamp to the document after watching you sign it. In this province, notaries can help you create a will and testament, or handle paperwork for powers of attorney and much more.


Q: How can I be sure my notary has adequately performed his/her role in my case?

A: British Columbia notaries are regulated through the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia, a professional association of which we are a member. You may be certain that we would not retain our membership long if we did not apply to each case the highest knowledge and ethics.

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