Effective July 1 2013, all paralegals licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada are qualified as Commissioner of Oaths able to receive Oath from deponents (the person swearing or affirming an Affidavit) and commission Affidavits, Proof of Loss forms for insurance claims, Statutory Declarations, and various other documents.
Examples of documents that may be commissioned by paralegals acting as commissioners include, among others:
In some circumstances, McEachern, de Mel is available to draft documents such as an Affidavit of Statutory Declaration.
Avoid paying high fees to a lawyer or court clerk for the commissioning of documents by taking advantage of recent changes whereby paralegals, by virtue of office, are Commissioners for Taking Affidavits and may now commission documents.
Note that paralegals, as paralegals, may automatically act as Commissioner; however, paralegals are forbidden from acting as a Notary Public. If you need a Notary Public, please contact a lawyer. For more information, including the differences between a Commissioners and a Notary Public: click here