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Me Véronique Semexant, Your Notary
You need a legal professional who not only applies the law, but has also experienced and lived the law?
You need a notary who understands the emotions and issues involved when dealing with:
- Step families
- The separation or breakdown of business relationships
- Buying or selling property after the passing of a loved one
- Protecting your assets in the context of immigration.
Then you are searching for a notary like Véronique Semexant who considers the legal and emotional aspects of drafting a will, drafting a protection mandate or bequeathing assets during your lifetime.
Véronique is a far cry from your usual notary.
Her initial intention was to practice as an attorney, and she quickly realized her strengths as a conciliator. Since 2018, she is also habilitated as a family mediator. Always up to date with the law, she has been teaching at the University of Ottawa since 2016.
Originally from Haiti, Véronique is very involved with the community and she is determined to always be accessible to her clients. Relaxed, welcoming and approachable, she knows how to break down the law and helps you understand all the aspects of an issue during your consultation.
You will feel right at home with Véronique, just like in the days when Your Notary was part of the family…
Real estate law
Human Rights (Wills, Warrants, Probate Settlements)
Civil and commercial mediation
Please note that these videos are only available in French.
Différence entre common law et droit civil (French only)
You are in mourning and you have lots of questions
Simplification of the legal process
Leaving the funeral home, your mind is cluttered with numerous outstanding questions. A time of mourning has just begun, yet you are burdened with numerous interrogations. Going through the paperwork, provided by the funeral home, creates un-necessary stress and has your head spinning.
Your Notary will accompany you from the beginning of the estate settlement.
In this regard, your Notary:
- can simplify legal issues and terminology such as: Testamentary Searches, Declarations of Transmission, Declaration of Heredity and much more.
- perform the Testamentary Searches. The result of the said Testamentary Searches will confirm the existence of a Notarial Will, a Will signed before a Lawyer or the absence of any registered Will.
- will answers questions like those: How do you liquidate and estate when there is no Will? Who will inherit and in which proportion?
Mourn in peace and let Your Notary assist you with the legal matters.
Mediation, a process cheaper than a trial
You have a conflict with one or more parties involved?
You believed that your rights are not respected?
You feel emotionally overwelmed?
Description of the mediation process
The mediation process is the one where two or more individuals are accompanied by impartial and neutral person, who will guide you in the direction of the resolution of any given conflict. The mediator, being a notary or a lawyer:
1. may bring certain legal information forward in order to correctly structure your negotiations.
2. the mediator shall under no circumstances, make decisions for you, he can however, assist in elaborating avenues which may have been overlooked.
3. will help with the drafting of the legal document,. iIf there is an agreement between the parties.
When and Why using Mediation process
Mediation can be utilized to resolve many different types of situations such as a conflict with a neighbor, conflict due to the interpretation of a contract, management of a property received as an inheritance, a separation, possibly leading to a divorce. In any case, during the mediation process, you are invited to participate in the resolution of the said conflict and avoid having an imposed decision.
Your intimate relationship has seen better days and you are overwhelmed by certain events? You have witnessed hurtful separations earlier on in your life, possibly your parents? You do not wish that your children suffer the same way you suffered?
You have heard the common expression: « partners one day, parents forever ». You have acquired immovable property together and are not sure how to work things out since the dissolution of your partnership?
Your notary can assist and guide you through the process of family mediation in order to arrive to your Agreement and not have a judgement imposed upon yourselves by a third party.
Will – to avoid headache for your family
Every year you tell yourself that it would be a good idea to have a Will prepared, however, you never get around to it. For certain individuals, they must either be on their death bed or severely ill in order to consider preparing a Will.
Be responsible and Plan in advance
However, usually the preparation of a Will, brings peace of mind. It is true that the Civil Code of Québec contains many stipulations which covers the situation when someone passes without a Will. By preparing a Will, YOU decide in advance, to not go by what the Civil Codes says, but by what YOU decide. Moreover, you can recommend who will take care of your minor children and much more. YOU may include as much detail as YOU decide, concerning what is required for the proper settlement of your estate.
True or False
You have been living with your unmarried partner for over 20 years. Will she/he receive your estate when you pass away?
You are married; will your married spouse inherit all of your assets when you pass away without leaving a Will?
The married partner will always inherit before anyone else?
Can you determine or at least strongly suggest who the legal guardian of your minor children would be, if the other biological parent has also passed away or is no longer the legal guardian?
Contact Your Notary who will gladly provide the answers to these questions and who can shed light on many other interrogations which you may have.
Mandate of protection (previously known as Mandate in case of incapacity)
What would happen to your assets if from one day to the next you were no longer able to manage them?
Who would take care of your children and yourself?
Who would ensure that your close relatives are taken care of?
How can your home be sold if you no longer have the capacity to sell it?
How will exercise your legal rights and who could sign in your name?
Whether we name it the mandate, mandate in case of incapacity, mandate of protection, living will, the document aims at the same goal. Ultimately, this document stipulates that you have decided, before losing your mental capacity, who will care of you and your assets, in the event of your mental incapacity. Avoiding the de facto protective supervision, (by government authorities), is probably the main reason for having this document prepared.
Estate planning for Immigrants
An immigrant brings an abundance of valuable resources such as linguistic, cultural, legal and other sought after characteristics. Legal documents from another country are often not recognized and do not have the same equivalence. These documents often require translation, and almost always require to be certified true by a competent legal officer. Working hard to support and establish a family in a new country, having relatives from abroad visit for short or longer periods of time are important. To obtain a visitor VISA, completing professional equivalence exams or other requirements for university diplomas from other countries. Joining a professional order or group, many documents will require to be certified (also named notarial copies or certified copies). The Québec Notary can assist you with the certification of your documentation.
The estate planning for an immigrant must cover many aspects such as the possibility of returning to the country of origin for burial, due to the fact that most if not all of the family members live abroad.
- The notarized Will Preparing a Will and having Your Notary guide you through the estate planning with render a result of YOU knowing what will happen when you pass Why leave this up to the Civil Code of Québec when YOU can decide on the outcome.
- Tutor Upon passing, where will my children stay? I would like them to return to their country of origin possibly.
- The liquidator of the estate must not be a non-resident of Canada and what about the income taxes regarding non-residents, what can I do?
Married Abroad – Impacts of certain Matrimonial Regimes and when in doubt
Community as to property is re-appearing in the Province of Québec, as in other countries this regime is in full effect. This regime implies that a spouse, non-owner of an immovable on the titles of ownership, could actually own ½ undivided rights in that said immovable. What this means? Don’t be surprised if the Québec Notary asks for the intervention of a spouse when selling a property and also when signing a mortgage. Whether the spouse is on the titles of ownership or not is irrelevant, the intervention is required.
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