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Title: notary public
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A notary public is a person who is allowed to handle some legal formalities. For example, they can certify contracts, deeds, and personal documents. When buying a used car, they can be used to certify a claim you are making to the Motor Vehicle Dealer’s Compensation Fund.

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Usually refers to a document or form that is used to tell someone of a legal step you are taking. Sometimes it refers to the amount of time between telling them and something happening. For example, a tenant can end their tenancy by giving their landlord a certain number of days’ notice. And they can do this by giving their landlord a form called a Tenant’s Notice to End the Tenancy.

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A notice from the government of Ontario that tells you how much child support must be paid. This is given to people who are able to use the online Child Support Service.

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When Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) makes a decision about your right to social assistance, they put it in writing. This is called a Notice of Decision and it’s supposed to include the reasons for the decision.

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A Notice of Motion is a written document you give the court to ask them to do something about a case. For example, you would give a Notice of Motion to the courts if you want an order for enforcing a previous court order.

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A notice from the government of Ontario that tells you how much child support must now be paid. This is given to people who are able to use the online Child Support Service to change child support in their separation agreement, court order, Notice of Calculation, or Notice of Recalculation. 

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A Notice of Stay of Proceedings for Bankruptcy is a letter the court sends creditors when a debtor has filed for bankruptcy. It means that the creditor can’t continue to try to collect money from the debtor.

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When an employer fires you or lays you off, they usually have to give you notice of termination. There are 2 ways they can do this:

  1. Your employer can tell you ahead of time. The amount of time can depend on many things, including how long you've been in the job.
  2. Instead of telling you ahead of time, your employer can let you go right away. Then they have to pay you the money you would have earned if they had told you ahead of time.
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A Notice of Termination is a form that a landlord or tenant uses when either wants to end their tenancy agreement. There are different types of notices, with different numbers like N4 and N5. The notices that landlords use usually have titles that start with “Notice to End Your Tenancy …”.

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Not Sufficient Funds (NSF) means that a person wrote a cheque but did not have enough money in their bank account to cover the cheque. When this happens, the bank usually charges extra fees to both the person who wrote the cheque and the person the cheque was payable to. NSF cheques are sometimes called "bounced" cheques.

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