A legally valid Last Will and Testament gives you the final say on how your property is distributed after your death.
When a person dies “intestate” in Quebec i.e., dies without a Will, the Civil Code of Quebec dictates what happens to their estate.
What this means is that the legal succession that occurs may or may not align with your wishes.
You can easily avoid this scenario by making a Will that meets the requirements of the Quebec Civil Code.
This Will can be created using a notary, lawyer, online Will platform, or written by yourself.
In this article, I cover the best online Will service providers in Quebec.
Best Online Will Services in Quebec
|Online Will Service||Highlights||Offers|
|Willful||Notarial Will and Attested Will||Use SAVVY15 to get a 15% discount|
|LegalWills||Attested Will||Use SAVVY20 for a 20% discount|
1. Willful Quebec
Willful offers a complete package if you are looking to create a Will in Quebec. It offers two different plans, including an “attested” or “witnessed” Will and a Notarial Will.
An attested Will requires probate while a notarial Will does not need to be probated.
All Wills offered by Willful in Quebec support:
- The appointment of a liquidator (i.e., executor)
- Distribution plans for your estate
- Plans for minor children (including tutorship)
- Funeral arrangements and burial wishes
- Plans for your pets
- Free updates
- Charitable donations, and more.
Cost: $99 for an attested Will; $349 for a Notarial Will.
Promo Code: Use SAVVY15 for a 15% discount.
Is it legit? Willful is a legitimate company based in Toronto and Montreal. It holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. As per its website, it uses AES-256 encryption to secure your personal information.
Willful is available throughout Canada and you can read about the Wills and estate planning services it offers in other provinces in this review.
LegalWills has been offering online Wills in Canada for over 21 years. In Quebec, it only offers an attested Will aka “Will made in the presence of Witnesses”.
You can also use the platform to create supporting estate planning documents like protection mandates aka “Living Will” at an extra cost.
- Cost: $39.95 for a Last Will and Testament.
- Promo Code: Use SAVVY20 for a 20% discount.
- Is it legit? LegalWills is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau.
You can store your Will on LegalWills for free for 1 year, after which you can extend your membership to retain access.
Online storage and unlimited updates are available as 1-year, 10-year, 25-year or lifetime plans with fees ranging from $11.95 to $124.95.
LegalWills is available in all provinces and recently partnered with AIR MILES* to offer 1 mile per $10 spent on the platform.
You can get more details about the platform in this LegalWills review.
Types of Wills in Quebec
The three main types of Wills in Quebec are:
Holograph Will: This Will is handwritten by the testator and does not require witnesses. A holograph Will must be probated.
Will Made in The Presence of Witnesses: Also referred to as a “Witnessed” or “Attested” Will, this Will must be signed in the presence of two witnesses. It can be created using an online Will platform, Will kit template, or digital by a lawyer. This type of Will must also be probated.
Notarial Will: This is created with the assistance of a notary and is signed in the presence of one or two witnesses. The notary registers your Will with the Chambres des Notaires and no probate is required after you pass away.
Quebec Wills FAQs
A holograph Will written entirely by hand by a testator is valid in Quebec if it signed and dated. However, it must be probated by the Superior Court or a notary.
You can either write your Will by hand, use a notary or lawyer, an online Will Service, or a Will template. Note that various minimum requirements have to be met for a Will to be legally enforceable.
No, a lawyer is not required to create a valid Will in Quebec. In order to create a Will that doesn’t require probate, you will need to use the services of a notary. If your estate situation is complex, a notary or lawyer may be advisable.
No. However, a notarial will must be executed by a notary. You can also write a “Will made in the presence of witnesses”, or a holograph Will.
Related: How To Create a Will in Quebec.
Have you used Willful or LegalWills to write your Will? Let us know about your experiences in the comments.