Chambre des notaires
In the event of a death, a request for a will search must be made with the Chambre des notaires. A verification is done in the Registres des dispositions testamentaires et des mandats of the Chambre des notaires to see whether the deceased prepared a will with a notary or, as the case may be, whether the notarial will the deceased left is indeed the most recent. The Chambre des notaires does not receive or keep any wills. To a person who requests a search, it issues a certificate that indicates, where applicable, the last will recorded in its registers, as well as the name and contact information of the notary who holds the will. If contact information for a notary appears on the certificate, the notary may be contacted to obtain a copy of the will. At the same time, a request for a will search must be made with the Barreau du Québec to see whether the deceased prepared a will with a lawyer. It is only once these two searches have been done that the most recent will can be identified. Note Notaries must register all of the wills they prepare in the Registres des dispositions testamentaires et des mandats of the Chambre des notaires. They may also register a holograph will or a will made in the presence of witnesses if the testator wishes. A will that is not notarized must be probated following the testator's death. Will of a person still livingThe will of someone still living cannot be searched for in the Registres des dispositions testamentaires et des mandats of the Chambre des notaires, even if the person is incapacitated or terminally ill. Moreover, only the testator or someone with a specific mandate may obtain a copy of the will. In that case, the person must contact the notary who holds the will, or the Chambre des notaires to find out the name of the notary.
Heirs and successors of a deceased person.
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