WARNING : Due to the circumstances of the COVID-19, additional delays are to be expected for search request to the Registers.

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.

  1. 1

    Fill out the appropriate search request form:
  2. 2

    Deliver 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;
      any original document sent to the Chambre will be returned to you.

    Act of death

    Search for a will


    Death certificate

    Search for a will

    • 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.
  3. 3

    Send 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.