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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15

BC Notaries Offer Advice to Detect and Prevent Financial Abuse In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th, 2019 BC Notaries are sharing signs of financial abuse and advice on how to protect seniors. According to HealthLinkBC, more than half of reported elder abuse cases involve financial abuse, defined as using a person’s money or property without their consent or fraudulently, as in financial scams. Elder abuse can happen at the hands [...]

Five Reasons Under 50’s Should Have a Will

We encourage anyone who doesn’t have a Will, to create one to ensure their final wishes are clear and carried out after their death. A survey conducted province-wide in 2014 by Mustel Group for The Society of Notaries Public of BC found that only 55% of British Columbian adults have a current and legal Will, and people under 54 are the least likely to have one. The March 2014 omnibus telephone poll[1] of 502 adults [...]

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Most Frequent Home Buying and Selling Mistakes – and How to Avoid Them

The Society of Notaries Public of BC conducted an internal online survey of Notary members on key real estate topics in November 2015, which identified the most frequent mistakes or misunderstandings made by people either selling or buying residential real estate. Notaries from Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, Northern B.C., and the Okanagan, Kamloops and Kootenay regions participated in the survey. “For most British Columbians, our home is our biggest asset; so buying [...]

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Housing Tips for Greater Victoria Seniors

With real estate prices and affordable housing a frequent topic of discussion throughout Greater Victoria and the province of British Columbia, here are some tips and resources to help BC’s seniors stay in their homes, find appropriate new housing or connect with available support. Eight Housing Tips for BC Seniors: Know the strata laws before you buy: Many active aging boomers are downsizing to free-up funds for retirement or travel, or to make life simpler [...]

Do you have a Will?

Regardless of whether you have children or the extent of your assets, having a valid Will is the means for YOU to have a say in the matter. What would happen if you passed away without having a Will in place? In British Columbia, your assets would be distributed in accordance with the Wills, Estates and Succession Act which came into force on March 31, 2014. And this could be completely contrary to how you [...]

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