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.

Research rates

Methods of transmitting the applicationCost per certificateCost per additional certificate
By Internet*17,25$ taxes included17,25$ taxes included
By mail23$ taxes included23$ taxes included

* For online transmission, the search request must be eligible. The Registrar reserves the right to refuse an application received online and to require that the search application be received with the original proof of death by mail.

Choose how you want to make your request

ONLINE

You can now submit a will search request online and attach digital copies of the required documents.
Important: To carry out an online search, the death must have occurred in Quebec and you must have the Death certificate or the Copy of the death act issued by the Director of Civil Status of Quebec. You must pay the fees using a Visa or Mastercard credit card.

OR

BY MAIL

  1. 1

    Fill out the appropriate search request form:
  2. 2

    Deliver the following documents by mail or in person:
    • A duly completed and signed application form for a will search, including information for payment by Visa or Mastercard or a money order payable to the Chambre des notaires du Québec for the amount of the search, including taxes.
    • 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.
    • 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;
      Note: any original document sent to the Chamber will be returned to you.

    Act of death from the Directeur de l’état civil

    Search for a will

    OR

    Death certificate from the Directeur de l’état civil

    Search for a will

    Send the documents:

    • By mail to the following address:

    Chambre des notaires du Québec
    Registers of Testamentary Dispositions and Mandates
    101-2045 Stanley Street
    Montréal, QC  H3A 2V4

    OR

    • In person at the reception desk:

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
    Wednesday: 10:15am to 12pm and 1pm to 4:30pm

    • Or in person in the lobby on the first floor to the right:

    Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Drop your request in one of the black boxes located to the right of the reception door provided for this purpose.

    Address:
    101-2045 Stanley Street, Montreal 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.

Un certificat de recherche de la Chambre des notaires vous sera délivré indiquant, le cas échéant, le dernier testament inscrit au registre avec les coordonnées du notaire ayant reçu l’acte. Par la suite, vous devrez vous adresser directement au notaire, s’il y a lieu, afin d’obtenir une copie du testament.


Conditions for obtaining a will history search certificate for a legal proceeding to cancel the last will