WARNING: Due to the circumstances of COVID-19, the processing times for search requests to the Registers of Wills Sentences sent by mail or in person are 4 to 6 weeks. For faster processing, we invite you to contact a notary, who can perform an electronic search. Use our tool to Find a Notary.
Upon a death, the existence of a will of the deceased must be verified in the Register of Testamentary Dispositions of the Chambre des notaires du Québec.
How can I file a search request for a will?
Please note that you must make two search requests: one to the Chambre des notaires du Québec and the other to the Barreau du Québec. You can also contact the notary of your choice, who will do the search for you.
1Fill out the appropriate search request form:
2Deliver the following documents by mail or in person:
- The original as well as a photocopy of the act of death or the death certificate issued by the Directeur de l’état civil. No photocopies are accepted as proof of death;
Act of death
- If the death occurred outside Quebec: the original as well as a photocopy of the death certificate issued by the competent authority of the province or country where the death occurred;
- The sum is payable to the Chambre des notaires du Québec paid by money order, Visa or Mastercard; and
- The completed and signed search request form.
3Send the completed and signed form along with the required accompanying documents to the following address:
Chambre des notaires du Québec
Registers of Testamentary Dispositions and Mandates
101-2045 Stanley Street
Montréal, QC H3A 2V4
Receipt of a search certificate
A search certificate from the Chambre des notaires will be issued to you indicating, if applicable, the last registered will with the contact information of the notary who received the act. Afterwards, you will have to go directly to the notary, where appropriate, to obtain a copy of the will.