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NOTARY OFFICES: Essential services does not mean that it is mandatory for notary offices to remain open, it allows it. Consult the strict standards to protect the public.
REMOTE NOTARIAL DEED: Since April 1st, notaries are allowed to sign a notarized document remotely. This is not compulsory and notaries are free to use this additional tool or not. Thank you for your patience as delays due to the implementation of the solution in the notaries’ offices may occur. Consult the steps and application procedures.
CHAMBRE DES NOTAIRES OFFICES: The Chamber's offices are open, but due to the circumstances related to the coronavirus some services are offered remotely. Additional delays apply for requests for searches in Registers of Testamentary Dispositions and Mandates, as well as for requests for a Certificate of Quality and Authenticity. However, the analysis of all new applications for financial assistance is suspended until further notice.

 

 

Wills

After a death, the Register of Testamentary Dispositions of the Chambre des notaires du Québec must be checked to determine whether a last will and testament has been registered.

Due to the circumstances of the Covid-19, the processing time for paper applications to the Registers of Testamentary Dispositions and Mandates will be 4 to 6 weeks.

For a faster processing time, we invite you to contact a notary, who can apply for an electronic search. To find a notary, use the Find a notary tool.

 

Procedure for requesting a will search
Please note that you must file two search requests: one with the Chambre des notaires and one with the Barreau du Québec. You can speak to the notary of your choice who will undertake the searches for you. It is also possible to conduct the search yourself.

1. Complete the appropriate search request form:

Forms - French
Demande de recherche testamentaire (réservé aux notaires, au public et aux avocats)
Forms - English
Will Search Request - reserved for the public
Will Search Request - reserved for lawyers
Will Search Request - reserved for notaries

2. Send the following documents by letter mail:
  • The original as well as a photocopy of the act of death or the death certificate issued by the Registrar of Civil StatusPhotocopies will not be accepted as proof of death.

Original + photocopy of one of the following document s:

Act of death

OR

 Death cerficate

  • If the death occurred outside of Québec: the original as well as a photocopy of the act of death issued by the appropriate authority from the province or country where the death occurred.
  • The sum of $23 (taxes included) in the form of a money order payable to the Chambre des notaires du Québec or a Visa or MasterCard payment.
  • The completed and signed search request form.
3. Send the duly completed and signed form, along with the required documents, to the following address:

Registers of Testamentary Dispositions and Mandates of the Chambre des notaires du Québec
2045, Stanley Street
Suite 101
Montreal Qc  H3A 2V4

Receipt of search certificate
A search certificate will be issued to you by the Chambre des notaires identifying, if applicable, the last will registered with the Registers with the name, address and phone number of the notary who received the act.

Delivery date
The search certificate will be mailed to you within the following times:

Due to the circumstances of the coronavirus, the processing time for paper applications to the Registers of Testamentary Dispositions and Mandates will be 4 to 6 weeks.

For a faster processing time, we invite you to contact a notary, who can apply for an electronic search. To find a notary, use the Find a notary tool.

Then, if a will has been found, you will have to contact the notary directly to obtain a copy of it.


 
 

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