Downtown Notary's 2nd Anniversary

They say time flies when you're having fun, and it's hard to believe that two years have gone by since the start of Downtown Notary. What started as a "some day" idea in the mind of an intrepid law student became a small scale notary service with one location which turned into a collective of notaries operating in six locations in Toronto and in three other cities (soon to be four!).  We have helped over 2000 people with their notary and commissioning needs - so what have we learned along the way?

First, anyone who says being a notary is boring is WRONG. Yes, it's a lot of paperwork. Well, it's all paper work, and some of us like paperwork. But beside that, there are hundreds of different kinds of documents that need notarizations - every week there is something new that we haven't seen before. It's also helpful that our clients are great - every week we get to help people by providing easy and affordable notarizations that save them time and hassle.

Second, being a great notary is not just about signing and stamping documents, although that's obviously a large part of it! Being a great notary means providing great customer service to every client. That means being flexible, helpful and friendly. Let's be honest: getting a document notarized isn't high on everyone's list of fun things to do.  Despite this, we aim to make your experience with our notaries a good one.  Every time one of our clients says to us, "That was so easy!", we know we are meeting our high standards for our customer service.

We want to thank all of our amazing clients over the past two years for supporting Downtown Notary. It's been an amazing journey, and we can't wait to see where we go next.

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Meet the Notaries: Kristen Lai

Q. How did you end up working in law?

My undergraduate degree was in business and during my time in university I noticed that there were strong ties between the corporate and legal world. I decided to pursue a law degree after I graduated because of my interest in legal and corporate relationships. While in law school I ended up favouring constitutional law and civil litigation, and human rights. As a result, I worked with the Ministry of the Attorney general for a while and got to work on a ton of exciting cases where I felt I was making a difference in the public sector.

Q. Why did you become a notary?

I became a notary because I wanted to work closely with individuals and get to know them on a more personal basis.

Q. What's the best thing about being a notary?

The best thing about being a notary is being able to help people in a variety of different situations.

Q. Why do you work with Downtown Notary?

I work with Downtown Notary because I believe that the process of notarizing and commissioning documents doesn't have to be difficult, expensive, or inconvenient. So many clients are surprised by how easy and quick it is!

Meet the Notaries: Mario Delgado

Q.  How did you end up working in law?

I had been part of the debate team in high school and really enjoyed it in addition to having always had a passion for reading and writing so I went to law school and here I am.

Q. Why did you become a notary?

I thought it was an important service that is needed by the public and I thought as I lawyer I was in a position to provide it.

Q. What's the best thing about being a notary?

Having the chance to to out and about in the city and enjoying the sunshine and fresh air as I shuttle between appointments (except when it snows! or rains or there is a polar vortex!).

Q. Why do you work with Downtown Notary?

I love the flexible, hassle free mobile model. It makes my working day interesting and varied and adds value to our clients.

Meet the Notaries: Diann Chea

Diann joined Downtown Notary in August 2015.  She received her Juris Doctor in 2014 from Osgoode Hall Law School.  She was called to the Ontario bar in 2015 and is a member of good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada.  She's primarily responsible for the Forest Hill location, though she also does mobile appointments all over the city.  Read what our clients are saying about Diann here.

Q. How did you end up working in law?

DC: I wanted to help make a positive change so I decided to go to law school.

Q. Why did you become a notary?

DC: My friend Alison had a business providing mobile notarial services and asked me to join.

Q. What's the best thing about being a notary?

DC: I like the flexibility and meeting new people!

Q. What's the most interesting document you have notarized?

DC: I think the people I notarize documents for are far more interesting than the documents. The documents have been pretty standard, at least the ones I've come across.

Q. Why do you work with Downtown Notary?

DC: My colleagues are wonderful and I enjoy the work!