New Westminster Notary Public

COVID-19

Notary Public services in BC During COVID-19: How We Can Help.

As of May 19, 2020, British Columbians now have the option of online witnessing of personal planning documents such as Wills, Enduring Power of Attorney documents and Representation Agreement for those who are unable to come in to our New West Notary Public office. The first meeting is also online via Zoom, WhatsApp or Skype (or telephone call in some cases). You only need to come in once to our office’s reception area described below for the signing appointment. Prior to your signing meeting, we will email the documents to you so you can review them online.

Now that we have safety measures in place, we are resuming our Notary Public office to full service. However, this is by appointment only. In order to ensure the safety of our clients, support staff and our two Notaries, we have re-configured our reception counter with a plexi-glass barrier and the reception sitting area with a signing desk also with a plexi-glass barrier. The signing desk and all other “touch” points are cleaned with a disinfectant before each appointment. When you arrive for your appointment, you will find the front door locked. Knock or call upon arrival, and we will let you in when the office is clear of other clients.  As you come in, we will direct you to a “hands free” hands sanitizer dispenser which you may use. We also have complimentary disposable masks for you (while supplies last). If you do not bring your own pen, a signing pen will be made available to you, you are more than welcome to keep it when your appointment is finished.

Thank you for your patience as some of us continue to work remotely.

In normal circumstances, most real estate transactions in British Columbia require a few documents that must be signed in “wet ink” in the presence of a BC Notary or lawyer.

However, recent temporary law changes (April 6, 2020 change) allows us to witness the remote signing of documents (for real estate transactions only) using video technology. This will be helpful if our clients are unable to come in to the office.

For those who do not have access to video technology and are able to come to our office, we are minimizing in-person visits. New West Notaries is using an electronic signing process so our clients can sign most of the documents from any location on a smartphone or a computer. However, we do need to see and record a client’s identification unless we have seen them recently.

If you need help with a real estate transaction please call or email our office and we will walk you through how we can help you get your transaction accomplished efficiently and safely.