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Notary vs. Lawyer: How to Choose

Notary or Lawyer

Notary vs. Lawyer: How to Choose

Posted by Flavia Zancope in Document Notarization 26 Jun 2019

A notary and a lawyer both offer professional legal services. How do you know which one is right for you? Find out why a notary may be exactly what you need.

How do you know when to consult a notary or lawyer? This is a common question, and it’s a good one.

Both notaries and lawyers are legal professionals commissioned by the BC Supreme Court. Both offer a range of legal services and are held to high professional standards by their respective provincial organizations.

The most notable difference is that a notary is best used when parties have already agreed to terms and need to finalize the legal details in a document. Some examples include real estate transfers, mortgages, wills, and powers of attorney and other estate planning documents. 

When notarizing a document, a notary first confirms the identity of whoever is signing the document. Then the notary makes sure everyone understands the document and its terms. After that, the notary acts as a witness to the signing. The notary’s seal is legal proof that both parties have agreed to terms and signed the document.

If you have a contentious legal situation, you need to consult a lawyer. However, working with a notary can help you avoid contentious issues, and deal with legal concerns pre-emptively to protect your interests.

Notaries specialize in conveyance, and while a lawyer working in conveyance can also offer good advice here, should things go awry, that lawyer would likely refer you to a barrister to handle litigation.

When it comes to real estate transactions and personal planning documents, a notary is well equipped to offer solid legal advice and services—often with lower fees.

If you are in Langley, BC, and want to learn more about notaries and legal services, get in touch with us at Zancope Notary Public. We’re in your neighbourhood and can offer solid legal advice for real estate transactions, personal and financial planning documents, business and lease contracts, and much more.