Jean Sorensen|May 25, 2011
While the B.C. real estate market is sizzling as buyers from mainland China look for high-end homes often located near good schools, this category of offshore buyers is causing some legal glitches.
Notary public Alexander Ning, who deals with mainly mainland Chinese clients, says the major problem that he sees is getting documents processed. He notes that while both spouses often need to sign registered documents, when he asks them to attend at his Richmond, B.C., office, he’s told that the husband has gone back to China. “The wife tells me he will not be back for six months,” Ning says.
It then becomes a challenge to find a way of signing the document overseas in a way that’s acceptable to the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia offices. “It is very difficult,” he says, noting that in China, notaries are mainly government officials who have their own way of signing documents. Unfortunately, their seal or attaching their own documents to the original one isn’t acceptable, according to Ning.
There’s always a lot of talk in legal circles about work-life balance, but for many lawyers it is quite elusive. I’ve heard many lawyers say their firms try to be more flexible or say they will be more flexible but the reality of the junior associate, say, does not generally reflect that. “Face-time” or being seen at the office still seems to trump all. But there can be a relatively easy way for law firms, or any other company, to bring some balance to the equation.
Next Wednesday is Canada’s unofficial Work From Home Day. And to mark the day, online recruiting site Workopolis conducted a survey on attitudes about working from home. It found overwhelming support from Canadian workers for the work from home campaign. The survey shows that given all the benefits associated with teleworking, 88 per cent of Canadian workers agree there should be government support for a nationally recognized day, with 52 per cent strongly agreeing.
For many the biggest benefit of working from home is cost savings. Greater flexibility, such as choosing which hours to work, working on their own terms, and reducing stress, was the second-most popular benefit for workers. This was followed closely by the ease of caring for others. Nearly nine in ten of those who work from home at least once per week agree they are more productive. There are many fewer distractions when working from home.