Definition : Notary

A professional , member of the “Chambre des notaires du Québec” (Québec Chamber of Notaries), that a person may consult to obtain legal advice. He is also a public officer. As such, the notary has without limitation the mission of executing deeds to which the parties wish or are required to endow with authenticity (such as  a declaration of co-ownership).

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The interpretation of a declaration of co-ownership during a general meeting of the co-owners is sometimes problematic. If, moreover, it has been published before the coming into force of the Civil Code of Québec, in 1994, things can get dicey. In order to avoid potential conflicts between co-owners, caused by  an outdated declaration of co-ownership, it is essential to have it rewritten, if it has been published before January 1, 1994. A professional with experience in co-ownership law is qualified to do so. It is better to invest in rewriting your declaration of co-ownership, rather than getting tangled in costly litigation, the result of which is sometime uncertain.
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Notaire ayant toujours œuvré en pratique privée, Éric possède une vaste expérience en développement immobilier, financement et copropriété. Sa devise : « Puisque nous avons deux oreilles et seulement une bouche, je privilégie une bonne écoute avant de prendre la parole ». Les traits de personnalité qui le définissent le mieux sont sa rigueur professionnelle et son sens pratique. Son principal objectif est de permettre à chaque projet de se réaliser dans les meilleures conditions possible. Pour y arriver, il conjugue les outils à sa disposition et les divers enjeux de ses clients avec les différentes réalités inhérentes à leurs projets.
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Building a condominium requires major investments on the part of a developer. This is the reason why a down payment will be required upon signing the preliminary contract for the desired condo unit. The Civil Code of Quebec provides that “any amount paid on the occasion of a promise of sale is presumed to be a deposit on account of the price, unless otherwise stipulated in the contract”.This down payment, which represents the first installment to the seller, varies according to the unit’s total price. Bill 16 introduced provisions to protect down payments made by residential buyers to developers and builders of divided condominiums.  
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The intervention of the notary is very important when purchasing an apartment in a divided co-ownership. A professional, member of the “Chambre des notaires du Québec” (Québec Chamber of Notaries), he is also a public officer. As such, the notary has without limitation the mission of executing deeds to which the parties wish or are required to endow with authenticity (such as  a declaration of co-ownership). Even though it is preferable that he should get involved at the outset of a transaction, this legal adviser usually gets involved  after the signing of the offer to purchase or of the preliminary contract. The notary, in his capacity of public officer: Warrants the validity of the deed of sale; Is bound to act objectively and to give legal advice to all the parties (equally to the purchaser and the vendor); Is bound to a duty of information to the parties, which means he should give the parties relevant advice and information in relation with the deeds signed before him.
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18 mars 2010- L’achat ou la vente d’une résidence ou d’un condo requiert une grande planification. Les dates de signature de la transaction et de prise de possession en font partie intégrante. En effet, un retard sur la date prévue entraîne des incidences logistiques et monétaires pouvant être importantes, tant pour les acheteurs que pour les vendeurs.
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 Question: Est-ce que je suis obligé d'utiliser les services du notaire désigné par le promoteur alors que c’est moi qui le paie? Quelles sont les règles qui s'appliquent en la matière : qui choisit le notaire instrumentant la vente? Est-ce le vendeur? Est-ce l'acheteur? Doit-on s'entendre tous les deux sur un nom?
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  Do you need the help of a legal professional in the Montreal area? If this is the case, consult our list of professionals specialized in co-ownership.      
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