As a beneficiary, I have been sent a Release to Executrix from lawyers (in Canada) handling the estate of my late uncle.

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Customer: As a beneficiary, I have been sent a Release to Executrix from lawyers (in Canada) handling the estate of my late uncle. I have been requested to have a Notary Public witness my signature on the Release. I have made contact with a NZ Notary and this person has informed me of what is required (2 forms of identification), the involvement of papers sent to Internal Affairs, a fee of approx $200, and a time line. I find this very involved for a simple 1.5 page document. My question is .....Is it really necessary that this
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Customer: I would like to know if my lawyer can sign the Release, verify my identification, stamp their seal and I send off the paper to the Canadian law firm? Why must it be a Notary?
Answered by Chris The Lawyer in 3 hours 1 year ago
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read your question
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If this was a New Zealand document then your lawyer could sign. The identification requirements are because of money laundering rules however and apply in most countries. So the witnessing by the notary may be needed to comply with the rules. You could ask the Canadian lawyer if your own lawyer could witnethis but you will still need the identification
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I understand the id requirements...passport and an utility invoice with my address on it...I am ok with this. The Notary inwhich I spoke to said that he would have to send my paperwork over to Wellington Interior Affairs for verification. After IA does whatever they do with the paperwork...it gets mailed back to the Notary. What does Interior Affairs have to approve/verify if the Notary all ready has my info, has signed? The Canadian law firm asks that after the Release has been signed/witnessed I am to provide a fully executed copy to their office by way of email or facsimile. The Notary I spoke with says that the original must be sent.
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Don’t worry about the phone call.
The requirements are somewhat bureaucratic but required unfortunately. If the Canadian law form is content with an emailed copy that is all you need. I am unsure why they are asking for the papers to go to Internal Affairs however, except that may be more money laundering requirements
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