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Notary Services Glossary beginning with M

Brosgall Legal's glossary covers useful Apostille and Notary Public terms.
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Mala Fide

Latin: False, in bad faith.


A character, usually in the shape of an 'x', made as a substitute for a signature by a person who cannot otherwise write.

Medallion Signature Guarantee

A 'medallion signature guarantee' is a special signature guarantee required for the sale or transfer of securities (a type of negotiable instrument) in the United States. This service is provided only by banks or other financial institutions that have been certified to issue medallion signature guarantees. Sale or transfer of securities instruments requires the holder's signature. By issuing a medallion signature guarantee, the selling or transferring financial institution guarantees that the signature is genuine, and accepts liability for signature forgery. This differs significantly from a notary's purpose in performing an acknowledgment or oath/affirmation notarial act. Basically, a medallion signature guarantee is the issuing financial institution's certification that a signature related to sale or transfer of securities is authentic.

Minor Child

A person in BC who has not yet turned 19.

A term associated with Wills, and consent letters.

In Canada, each province and territory decides the age of majority. Anyone under the age of majority is considered to be a "minor child."

The age of majority varies from one province to another:

  • Age of majority is 18 in: Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan
  • Age of majority is 19 in: British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon
Minor Child's Authorization

Please see 'Consent To Travel', or for further detail, read the article we wrote on Consent to Travel for Minors.


A generic term for embassy. Mission also describes the entirety of official representation in a given foreign country which functions under the supervision of the Ambassador, including civilian and military personnel.

Mobile Notary

A mobile notary is a notary who is willing to travel to the signer's location. For an additional travel fee, mobile notaries will visit your office or house, or meet you at a hospital, nursing home, or even a local coffee shop. Brosgall Legal ~ Notary Services offers on-location mobile notary service for their downtown Vancouver clients, as well as for people located in Gastown, Yaletown, English Bay, Davie Village, Coal Harbour, and the West End. For further information, please read our article about our Vancouver mobile notary services.

As Vancouver's trusted mobile notary public, our services include notarizations, acknowledgments, affidavits, certified true copies, statutory declarations, solemn declarations, and swearing of oaths. We'll bring our notarial seal and all required stamps. Everything is done at your location, and at your convenience. Please contact Brosgall Legal - Notary Services to book a mobile notary visit.