Mtre Anne-Marie Coutu will be able to guide you through the complex process of estate settlement as established by the Civil Code of Québec. The efficiency of our team will allow us to receive you on short notice, hence you will be able to spend time with your loved ones instead of having to worry about legal formalities. If you have a copy of the deceased’s last will, please bring it with you at your appointment, as it allows the notary to have an overview of the succession. If no will was signed by the deceased person, the notary will provide you the with information regarding the legal succession. During your meeting in our offices, it will be possible to establish the steps to be taken according to the estate in question and your needs. The liquidator is the person in charge of the succession and the notary can advise him in his role and his functions if needed.
Here are a few non-exhaustive examples of steps that can be taken to settle the succession :
- Obtaining the proof of death;
- Search of the registers of testamentary dispositions and mandates;
- Obtaining the deceased’s last will from the notary who executed it;
- Declaration of heredity in the absence of a will;
- Designation of the liquidator;
- Opening an estate account;
- Obtaining the government tax certificates;
- Rendering of account and partition;
- Declaration of the transfer of a movable or an immovable;
- Registration to the R.D.P.R.M. or to the Registry Office;
As an heir or a relative, you will possibly have questions about the settlement of the estate. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions and guide your through legal procedures as we realize how difficult coping with grief can be. We assure you that all the legal formalities will be completed accordingly, so that you can have peace of mind.
It is important to know that the notary is also an accredited mediator and therefore has the capacity to intervene in the event of any conflicts or tensions related to the settlement of the succession. It does happen that the relationship between the ones concerned by the estate are fragile due to mourning and that, as a result, their disagreements are amplified. Do not hesitate to discuss any concerns you may have with the notary about this as she will be able to adapt and take any necessary measures to offer support in these types of circumstances.
In short, our team offers a unique service in the field of successions due to the notary’s acquired experience in this area. The notary’s sensitivity and ability to listen will certainly bring you some comfort as you cope with your grief. You will certainly be in good hands with Me Coutu.