Will search

a Will search to find out if a Will was made and signed by the deceased before a legal expert or to simply make sure that you actually have in your possession the last testamentary instrument of the deceased...more

Answer the questionnaire.

Receive the Will search result.

Your request will be processed within 1 to 3 business days. However, under the rules governing the updating of Will registers, an additional period of 5 to 20 business days shall be provided before we receive the Will search.
Starting from $50 * Details
Description
  • To undertake the settlement of an estate in the Province of Quebec, it is mandatory to obtain the Will search certificates issued by the Chambre des notaires du Québec and Barreau du Québec (Quebec Bar).
  • Although the search at the Barreau du Québec is mandatory, less than 1% of Wills are signed before lawyers.
  • Please note that further search can also be made at the Autotestament. Indeed, various testamentary instruments offered by this corporation have been in effect from 1980 to May 2013, and more than 10,000 Wills have been completed, signed and returned in order to be kept in the records of the notary who is responsible of the Autotestament.
  • In case that the search result from The Autotestament is positive, we will provide you with additional instructions to obtain the original of the Will.
  • You must have in your possession the death certificate issued by the Registrar of civil status in order to be able to proceed with either of the said searches.
  • Only the death certificate issued by the Registrar of civil status is accepted, certificates or attestations issued by hospitals or funeral homes are neither sufficient nor accepted.
  • Keep in mind that the date of death of a loved one greatly influences the response period to obtain your Will search results. Indeed, the semi-monthly reports that notaries are required to provide to the Chambre des notaires du Québec must be made within 5 days of the end of the first half of the month and an other one within 5 days following the end of the second half of the month.
  • For more information or for more complex situations, we invite you to contact  .

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Options and fees
Price
Will search $30
Steps to take with the Chambre des Notaires du Québec AND Barreau du Québec (Quebec Bar)
- These two searches are mandatory before starting an estate settlement. The original death certificate issued by the Registrar of Civil Status must be sent to us.
$40
Steps to take with the Chambre des notaires du Québec, the Barreau du Québec (Quebec Bar) and The Autotestament
- The original death certificate issued by the Registrar of Civil Status must be sent to us.
$50
Steps to take with the Chambre des Notaires du Québec only
- Useful for those who have already obtained the search certificate issued by the Barreau du Québec (Quebec Bar).
$22
Steps to take with the Barreau du Québec (Quebec Bar) only
- Useful for those who have already obtained the search certificate issued by the Chambre des notaires du Québec. The original of the death certificate issued by the Registrar of civil status must be sent to us.
$22
Steps to take with the Autotestament only
- Through time, more than 10,000 Wills made under private writing have been signed and kept in the vault of the Autotestament.
$10
Fees for verification in the register of the Chambre des Notaires du Québec $20
Fees for verification in the register of the Barreau du Québec $20
Fees associated with sending the original of the Will search certificate by mail $10
I would like to receive a copy of the Will search certificate by email while waiting to receive the original document by mail $5
Additional copy - Will Search with the Chambre des notaires du Québec (optional)
- If you wish to obtain more than one (1) copy of the Will Search Certificate from the Chambre des notaires du Québec, please indicate below the number of additional copies do you need. An extra fee of $15 per copy will apply.
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Additional copy - Will Search at the Barreau du Québec (optional)
- If you wish to obtain more than one (1) copy of the Will Search Certificate from the Barreau du Québec, please indicate below the number of additional copies do you need. An extra fee of $5 per copy will apply.
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Guidelines

You can request a « Will search » online. Here are the steps you need to follow :

  • Start the service by clicking on the blue button labelled "Click here to start";
  • If you have not already done so, please register;
  • Complete the questionnaire by entering the information required to process your request;
  • You must also send us a death certificate issued by the Registrar of civil status;
  • Once you have completed the questionnaire, you pay the required fees with your credit card;
  • We will send you the original Will search certificate issued by the competent authorities;
  • If the option of Will search with the Barreau du Québec is selected, you must then provide us with the original of the death certificate issued by the Registrar of civil status at your earliest convenience, so we can start the process and thus minimize the response delay to receive the search results. This official document will be returned to you, along with the results of all the searches.

For more complex situations requiring further examination, please contact  .

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