The Virtual Law Office of
Vinh T. Tran, Esq.
Barrister & Solicitor, Notary Public, a Commissioner of Oaths
in and for the Courts and the Province of Ontario
188-639 Dupont Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1Z4
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
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Commissioner of Oaths Services
By Vinh T. Tran, a Practising Lawyer.
Welcome to my website. My name is Vinh T. Tran, I am a licensed, insured, and practising lawyer. I am also a registered notary public and an officer of the court to commission oaths/affidavits/statutory declarations in and for the Courts and the Province of Ontario. I am a registered member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the Official Documents Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Government Services, and the U.S. Consulate General Toronto - U.S. Embassy (for Legalization and Apostille procedures). You can take solace in knowing that I will properly notarize and commission your document in accordance to the laws and standards for use in Canada and foreign jurisdictions. I take pride in the fact that my legal authority and identity can easily be verified by different agencies, including but not limited to: financial institutions, law firms, hospitals, universities, embassies and consulate offices in Canada and around the world. All reputable lawyers, notaries public, and commissioners of oaths in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, never refuse to disclose their full names, credentials, contact information, and fees.
Your notarized document is only VALID if it is done by a verifiable and credible registered legal professional. More importantly, your document may contain sensitive and private information, can you really trust your document with an anonymous self-proclaimed lawyer and notary public without a face, name or credential verification? Before you contact my office, I encourage you to verify my name (Vinh The Tran) and credentials through the Law Society of Upper Canada's directory. Many websites claim to have staff who are "qualified lawyers and notaries public", yet they refuse to disclose these individuals' names and pictures so that you can verify their credentials. Why do you think they refuse to disclose these vital information? Can you really trust seeking their services and inviting nameless and faceless individuals into the privacy of your home and place of business? If the person refuses to disclose his or her name and you cannot verify such an individual through the directory, it is a HUGE RED FLAG that you may be dealing with an unqualified person or a fraudster for legal and notarization services. There is no justifiable reason for a credible legal professional to be secretive about his or her identity and credentials. Credibility begins with a face and a name, ALWAYS.
I provide personal house calls and mobile legal services to Torontonians and those living in the Greater Toronto Area, including but not limited to: The City of Toronto, Scarborough, Newmarket, Markham, Brampton, Burlington, Richmond Hill, North York, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Vaughan, King City, Pickering/Ajax, Whitby, Woodbridge, Upper Canada, and Oakville. As mentioned, I am a practising lawyer, notarization and commissioning documents is one of the many areas of law that I offer. As such, I am often extremely busy and am unable to answer phone calls. I seek your understanding and ask that you only contact my office via texting 647-209-7389 or by email to email@example.com for inquiries and appointments. For legal services, I charge by the hourly rate of $240. If you insist on speaking with me personally through the phone, I will insist on charging you $4 per minute and always rounding to a 10-minute interval. You will be expected to provide your credit card information before we engage in a telephone conversation. In the alternative, and totally free of charge, please use text 647-209-7389 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for any legal issues or inquiries or to set up an appointment to meet with me. Please review my website first before asking me questions about fees, notarization, commissioning oaths, authentication, legalization, superlegalization, and apostille processes and procedures. If you are still confused about any of the processes and procedures, I am happy to answer your questions via TEXT 647-209-7389 or EMAIL email@example.com.
Documents For Notarization
Sample Templates, Resources and Information for Apostille, Authentication, Legalization and Superlegalization, Documents for Notarization, Commissioned and Sealed.
Apostille Procedure Made Simple: Notarization + Authentication (Federal) (Provincial) + Legalization.
1. STATUTORY DECLARATION COMMISSIONING
2. COMMISSIONING OATHS AFFIRMING AFFIDAVITS AND IDENTITIES
3. WITNESSING SIGNATURES, IDENTITY VERIFICATION AND CONFIRMATION
4. CERTIFIED TRUE COPIES - NOTARIAL TRUE COPIES CERTIFICATION SEALS - MUST BRING THE ORIGINAL COPY AS WELL AS THE PHOTOCOPY OF THE DOCUMENT:
If you require a sample template in relation to statutory declarations, affidavits, consent to travel for children traveling abroad, special/limited power of attorney, and visitor visa invitation letters, please email my office at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward you a copy of the precedent.
Documents that this law office will NOT notarize:
2. Power of Attorney for Property
3. Power of Attorney for Personal Care
4. Affidavits of Execution of Wills and Powers of Attorney
5. ILA Certificate - Independent Legal Advice Certificate for Mortgages and all Agreements (including, but not limited to Divorce and Separation Agreements).
As a practising lawyer, I DO offer the above legal services and my fees will reflect the work and insurance coverage that I must consider when placing my seal on those documents. These are important documents that carry great risk of liability to my practice. The fees that I charge for notarization do not justify the risk of placing my good name and credentials on documents that have been drafted by lay persons or printed off the internet. The fees for these documents will start at $200. Please email my office for a specific quote.
If you wish to have your will and powers of attorney made or a proper independent legal advice conducted by a licensed, practising and insured lawyer, then text 647-209-7389 or email email@example.com
Policies Regarding Your Identity and Your Documents:
To combat fraud, the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), which governs lawyers and law firms practicing in the Province of Ontario, Canada, has amended its Bylaw 7.1 which now requires all lawyers to make identification and verification of ALL clients; Similar regulations are now also in place in most other Canadian jurisdictions.
As a result, please NOTE the following information about yourself MUST now be obtained by my office to comply with the LSUC's identification requirements:
IF YOU ARE UNWILLING TO PROVIDE my office with the above mentioned information. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT MY OFFICE FOR NOTARIAL SERVICES. YOU SHOULD BE WARY OF THOSE OTHER NOTARIES PUBLIC AND LAWYERS WHO DO NOT REQUIRE THESE INFORMATION FROM YOU.
For your protection, I am a sole practitioner, lawyer, notary public and commissioner of oaths. I do not employ anyone who can access your private information. I also do not work for any persons or companies who can dictate the use of your private information. I teach other lawyers and companies how to protect private information from external contractors and agencies, and especially from internal employees. I am NOT associated with, affiliated with, or related to, any other law firm, organization, corporation, association or notaries public directory services.
Notarization 101 Explained
Children and Notarized Letter of Consent to Travel
Many countries around the world, including Canada, require that proper documents are presented to Customs Authorities before they will allow exiting from/ entry into their countries with minor children. Foreign Customs and Immigration Officials are trained to look for missing children and they have the legal right to ask questions about any children travelling with an adult, even if that adult is the children's own biological parent. Furthermore, it does not matter that the children and the adult travelling with them are Canadian Citizens, Canadian Customs and Immigration Officials may still seek to ask questions before allowing such persons re-entry into Canada. Therefore, when travelling with children, it is prudent to prepare to present various documents to Customs and Immigration Officials, both domestically and internationally. These documents may include, but not limited to:
As recommended by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, in order to ensure that the Parental Consent Letter will not be questioned by Customs Authorities, the letter should be certified/notarized and sealed with a notary public stamp by a person who has the authority to administer oaths and solemn declarations. Vinh T. Tran is a PRACTISING LAWYER, a notary public, and a commissioner of oaths, in and for the Province of Ontario, can assist in swearing the consenting parent under oath, witnessing the signing of the consent letter and notarizing the consent letter to allow your children to travel.
If your child is travelling with one parent, the other parent (the parent NOT travelling must give consent) MUST be present before Vinh T. Tran to be sworn under oath, to witness the signing of the consent letter, and finally sign, date and sealing the the letter with a notary public seal stamp in order to give permission for the child to travel with his/her spouse or the parent who is travelling with the child;
Although there is a sample consent letter for children travelling abroad on the government website, it is not the formal and official letter that must be used. As every situation is unique, there is no formal template for which you can download. As such, you may draft your own letter to fit the dynamic of your family exp. blending family, multiple children, restrictions due to court order or by agreement etc, as long as you include the relevant information, including but not limited to:
It is equally important to confirm the travel advisories as well as the embassy to see whether there are any other requirement needed to be fulfilled before you can embark on your vacation. For example, in the near future, travelling to Mexico will require numerous documentation procedures including translation of the consent letter into Spanish, notarization of the consent letter, authentication of the notary public who notarized the letter then get it legalized at the embassy offices. For more information, please contact the:
CONSULATE GENERAL OF MEXICO IN TORONTO
Coverage: Ontario and Manitoba Address:
11 King Street West, Suite 350
Toronto, Ontario, M5H 4C7
Telephone: (416) 368-2875
Fax: (416) 368-8342
If you require a sample template of the consent letter for children to travel abroad from my office, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and request for a free template.
True Copies - Identification - Notarization - Certifications - Certified True Copy of the Original Document - Certification, Validation, Verification.
In Ontario, only a notary public can certify and validate a photocopy of the original document as “certified true copy of the original document.”
The notary public is legally obligated to inspect/examine the photocopy and the original document and comparing the two documents to ensure that the photocopy is exactly the same as the original document.
When the notary public is satisfied that the two documents are identical, by the authority under the Notaries Act, R.S.O. 1990, he/she will insert a certifying statement on the document or through a cover letter certificate certifying and validating the photocopy document as the “true and accurate copy of the original document” as examined on a specified date. A signature of the notary public and his/her original notary public seal notary stamp will be signed and imprinted on the document to finalize the process.
Notarial True and Accurate Copies Certifications (MUST bring the ORIGINAL DOCUMENT AND PHOTOCOPY to be notarized and certified as true copy).
Foreign Document and Translation Requirement:
My office and legal authority permit me to notarize any and all documents to be used locally, national and international jurisdictions. Where a document is to be used in Canada but it is in a foreign language, it must first be translated into English or French. If the document is to be used outside of Canada, I am allowed to commission and notarize it but there may be additional steps that you must complete before such a document can be accepted and recognized as a legal document in such jurisdiction. These steps may include Notarization, Authentication, Legalization, and Superlegalization (Apostille).
Free Information Re: Notarization, Authentication, Legalization and Apostille of Documents. What is it? What's the procedure? DIY - How To:
Apostille of a document is to certify the document with a special Apostille stamp or by way of issuing a certificate so that the document could be used or be recognized in foreign countries. The Apostille procedure is meant to eliminate the chain of cumbersome and costly process of:
Many countries around the world wanted to eliminate the above required procedures to a single formality called Apostille. Hence, they agreed to be signatories to a treaty called the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, it is also known as the Apostille Convention. Unfortunately, Canada decided not to sign the said treaty. As a result, in order for public documents in Canada to be recognized in foreign jurisdictions, the traditional certification procedures mentioned above must be employed.
More information about the Apostille Convention can be found through the following links: Wiki and Hague Conference on Private International Law
Many lawyers, notaries public, commissioners of oaths, and various agencies will often charge you a fee to have the notarized documents authenticated and legalized. However, both the authentication and legalization processes are not as complicated as these individuals would like to have you believe. In fact, you can do it all on your own and save yourself a lot of money. Why pay someone ridiculous sum of money to mail your documents on your behalf? They cannot expedite the processing of your documents any faster than you personally attending at the governmental offices and embassies yourself.
The most important step is to verify the credential of the person who claims to be a lawyer, notary public, and commissioner of oaths. One of the easiest ways to verify the credential of these professionals is through the Law Society of Upper Canada's Lawyer Directory. Unless you are able to confidently confirm the person's name, contact information, and credential as found on the directory, do not use such services for notarization. In short, any delays or impediments to the processing time of your documents are usually due to the fact that the government agencies and embassies cannot quickly and easily verify the legal authority of the lawyer/notary public.
The second step is notarization. You will need to find a qualified and verifiable lawyer, notary public, and commissioner of oaths to notarize your documents.
The third step is authentication, the process of verifying the legal authority and registration of the lawyer/notary public/ commissioner of oaths, who officiated, notarized, and/or commissioned your documents to ensure that the person is not a fraudster and the documents he/she notarized is not rendered invalid. To authenticate, you will need to consult with the receiving embassy or consulate whether they wanted your documents to be authenticated federally or provincially. You will be required to submit your notarized documents (including the name and contact information of the notary public), your identifications and a fee to have your documents authenticated by one of the following Canadian Government Authorities:
a) Federally, through the office of the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. Additional information can be found on that link in respect to authenticating your documents federally.
b) Provincially, through the office of the Ontario Ministry of Government Services, the Official Documents Services Branch. Additional information can be found on that link in respect to authenticating your documents provincially:
Official Documents Services
Jarvis Street and Dundas Street in downtown Toronto:
222 Jarvis Street, Main Floor, Toronto, M7A 0B6
The entrance for Official Documents Services is located on the north side of the building
Once the Canadian Government Authority is satisfied that the signature and seal of the notary public on the document is not fraudulent, they will issue a certificate or another seal to confirm the authenticity of the document and the notary public's registration and credential.
The final step is legalization, or sometimes called superlegalization, which is done through the receiving embassy or foreign consulate located in Canada. Most consular offices will require that you contact them to make an appointment in advance. You will be required to submit your Canadian government authenticated documents, your identifications and a fee, to the receiving embassy who will place yet another seal or stamp and legalize your documents to be used and recognized in its country.
PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT USE RED SEAL NOTARY STAMPS. MY PREFERRED CHOICE IS THE GOLD SEAL FOIL STAMP. THE GOLD NOTARY STAMP IS THE MOST USED AND ACCEPTABLE GOLDEN STANDARD FOR COURTS, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, LAW OFFICES AND SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD.
COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARKS STRICTLY ENFORCED as to the use of some, all, the combination, or the ordering, of the words, terms, symbols, tags, and contents used in this website ad and those found on other websites provided by Vinh T. Tran, is strictly prohibited.
*NOTICE to Competitors* Intellectual Property In Full Effect: Adding the letter "s" to a word such as "Housecalls Notary Public" or adding a word before or after "Mobile Notary Public" such as "24/7 Mobile Notary Public Services" is STILL plagiarism and an intellectual infringement. As legal professionals, you are expected to come up with your own terms and ideas when conducting your legal practice. Your reputation is everything. Violating my copyrighted materials and registered trade names while refusing to disclose your identity and credentials is unethical and contrary to the Rules of Professional Conducts. Attempts to passing off my registered trade names and goodwill will be reported to the Law Society of Upper Canada and challenged in court. Take note that violating my copyrighted materials without prior written permission at your own peril.
Vinh T. Tran, Esq, Barrister & Solicitor, Notary Public, reserves all rights, including but not limited to, the right to seek civil damages and other remedies including costs thereof on a substantial indemnity scale basis against the violators and reporting the violators to their governing body, in Ontario, violators who are lawyers and paralegals will be reported to the Law Society of Upper Canada.
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