Galina Kovalev is a public officer constituted by law and regulations of British Columbia to serve the public in non-contentious matters
concerned with estates, deeds, powers-of-attorney, and foreign and international business.
Galina and her knowledgeable, friendly team will accurately prepare and ensure that your legal documents are properly completed.
Power of Attorney. A power of attorney (POA) or letter of attorney is an authorization to act on someone else's
behalf in a legal or business matter. The person authorizing the other to act is the principal or donor (of the power), and the one authorized
to act is the agent, the attorney-in-fact, or simply the attorney.
Certified True Copy is a copy (often a photocopy) of a filed document in its entirety
that is sworn to be a true copy by a Notary Public officer. If you need a Certified True Copy of the document, please bring the original document
to the appointment. If you wish to have colour certified copies you need to bring your own colour copies and the original document.
Legalization and Apostille. When you need a Canadian document to be recognized in a foreign country, that document must be
verified as being legitimate. In Canada, this process of verification is the authentication and legalization of the document: the equivalent of an Apostille
certificate. Because Canada did not sign the Hague Apostille Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (1961),
the Canadian government continues to use the full authentication and legalization process.
This process consists of two steps: First your documents must be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa. As the
second step, your documents must be legalized by each embassy or consulate of the country for which your specific documents are going to be used.
Some of the common documents that must be authenticated and legalized prior their legal use in a foreign country: Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate,
Birth Certificates, Adoption documents, Power of Attorney, Warrants and Authorizations, Death Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees, Transcripts, Corporate documents,
Patent Applications, Trademarks, Assignments, Commercial Invoices, Affidavits, Wills and Property Deeds
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What is a Will. A will is a legal declaration by which a person, the testator, names one or more persons to manage his estate
and provides for the transfer of his property at death. It is the expression of the person's wishes concerning how their property is to be distributed.
It is a written statement, signed in compliance with the various formalities covered by legislation. The will is a legal document containing the names of
the people you want to benefit, as well as details of your possessions. The people you want to benefit are called beneficiaries.
Will Preparation for pro-active estate planning. Prepare a Will to give effect to your final wishes for the distribution of
your assets. A Will must be prepared & signed using specific procedures to be accepted as valid by the courts. Obtain a correctly prepared Will in compliance
with the laws of the Province of British Columbia and Canada, including the mandatory Affidavit of Subscribing Witness which must be presented with the Will
for probate. At Kovalev Notary we will help you to prepair:
- Will and Affidavit
- Mirror Wills (aka Mutual Wills / Husband and Wife Wills) and Affidavits
- Will Review - review of your already-prepared and signed Will to verify form, due execution, and witness statements
- Living Will - set out in writing, the medical treatments to which you consent in case of accident
- International Will - for acceptance outside of Canada by convention countries
- Codicil to a Will - to make legally binding changes to your Will without having to make a new Will