A notary in Montreal, Quebec who is also a wedding officiant.


In Quebec, notaries play a significant part in people’s daily lives.

The role of notaries in this province is threefold:

  • As public officers, notaries prepare the necessary deeds relating to real estate closings, mortgages, wills, and mandates in case of incapacity (living wills) as do real estate and estate lawyers in other provinces or states. They may also notarize in Quebec sworn declarations of individuals who conduct real estate transactions or other business abroad.
  • In addition, because they are law school graduates and hold a professional designation, notaries are legal advisers and may therefore advise individuals on their legal rights in matters relating to the particular notary's areas of expertise.
  • Finally, as auxiliaries of justice, notaries may officiate weddings of individuals, whether residents of Quebec or not, just as a justice of the peace would officiate a civil wedding - the only difference is a notary can solemnize the marriage at any location determined by the future spouses including the courthouse.

A graduate of Brooklyn Law School and the law faculty of the Université de Montréal, Frank Catalano has been a member of the New York Bar since 1991 as well as being a member of the Chambre des notaires du Québec.

Centrally-located, his office is just 20 minutes away from either downtown Montreal or Pierre Trudeau International Airport.

Cover of study In 2018, Frank Catalano wrote and submitted A Time and Manner to Die: A Study of Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada to the Graduate Program in Law at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario (Canada) as part of a Degree of Master in Laws. Click here to view   

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