More than 150 people from 38 countries
attended the two-day forum. Most
were Notaries involved in international Chris Dupuis
documentation and commerce. The goal
was to determine how the Apostille can
be transmitted electronically using the
Notary’s digital signature—and still ensure
the integrity and validity of the document
and its attachments.
Our colleague Jeffrey Talpis, Notary
and Université de Montréal professor,
helped analyze the presentations to
determine whether e-notarizations are
relevant and if they will provide the
appropriate legal effect. Talpis posed 23
questions for the conference attendees,
including the following.
• Should there be a uniform definition his issue of The Scrivener What he did, however, upon the
realization of his plight, was speak to one
for electronic signatures for the pays tribute to Allied
purpose of the convention or should of his friends, a lawyer from Surrey, who
it be left to each State to determine Professionals—most lived in New Westminster and who had a
whether an electronic signature is specifically BC lawyers. very busy real-property practice.
equivalent to a handwritten signature? In hindsight, my father’s actions were
In the process of writing these articles, I
• Where conservation of the original a minor stroke of genius. He asked his
draw upon some of my life/Notary practice
public document is required, should friend if he would be so kind as to “check
experiences—45 years of living—the last 22
special measures be adopted for the in” on his son from time to time and
as a sole-practitioner Notary.
conservation of electronic documents? maybe help him out if he needed it.
The fact that I am a sole practitioner
• Should there be specific requirements The fact that we did not compete in
was never supposed to happen but “the
for the establishment, consultation, the same market, that the friend was 12
best laid plans of mice and men...”
and control of electronic registers? years my senior—more of an older brother
My late father, you see, was a or uncle than a nagging parent—and that
Each week, hundreds of documents
practising Notary who thought it best he held many of the same interests I did
cross my desk for my examination and
that, since I was a tad young to be set outside of our professions made for an
signature before they are sent to another
loose on the unsuspecting public—and amazing relationship.
country, a foreign consulate, or to the
fellow professionals—he would guide
Lieutenant Governor of BC for signatures. My father’s friend helped me through
my formative years as a Notary. I think
Clients include people looking to travel, some very interesting times. He was, for all
he was also taken with the idea that his
bring relatives into the country, or intents and purposes, my coach, confident,
23-year-old-son would, as part of his
adopt a child—and businesspeople and and mentor—by all accounts, an ally.
indenture, hold forth for holiday relief at
manufacturers looking to market their
his command. So for this issue, I would like to salute
product or idea to another country.
our Allied Professionals. And I personally
Electronic transfers preclude and most specifically would like to pay
the time delays of sending hard-copy In hindsight, my father’s tribute to my friend David Worthington,
documents from one authority to another. actions were a minor senior partner of the firm MacQuarrie
BC Notaries and lawyers are currently stroke of genius. Hunter in Surrey.
using today’s technology to apply their
Thank you, David. You have made
digital signatures with the appropriate Unfortunately, that was not to be. the journey great. And as my ally, you have
authentication by the governing authority. During our first year together in practice, taught me more than you will ever know.
Notaries and lawyers from around the my father suffered complications from
open heart surgery, was forced into Chris Dupuis is a Notary in New
world are working together to enhance and
retirement, and quite tragically and Westminster, BC.
improve the lives and requirements of the
communities we serve. ▲ prematurely passed away. firstname.lastname@example.org
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