Sending a Request to Open a File for an Unclaimed Succession
To help us liquidate an unclaimed succession, we must be informed about the death and the renunciation of the succession.
File form BD-82.1-V, Request to Open a File for an Unclaimed Succession, along with the following documents:
- a copy of a proof of death (death certificate or act of death) provided by the Directeur de l'état civil;
- a copy of the last will of the deceased, if applicable;
- a certified copy of the acts of renunciation of the succession:
- if there is a will, all successors listed in it must renounce the succession,
- if there is no will, the succession must be renounced by the person who was married to or was living in a civil union with the deceased and by the persons related to the deceased by blood or adoption, meaning the spouse and children (if there are no children, the mother, father, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, by representation, must renounce the succession);
- the designated liquidator's renunciation, if applicable.
Moreover, to help us quickly and efficiently liquidate the unclaimed succession, you can send us the following, if you have them:
- a copy of the registration of the acts of renunciation in the register of personal and movable real rights;
- the will search certificate from the Chambre des notaires du Québec;
- the will search certificate from the Barreau du Québec;
- the inventory of property and the list of debts of the deceased (photos of the property can be included with the request);
- personal documents of the deceased that could be useful for the liquidation (bank statements, insurance policies, etc.);
- a copy of the most recent marriage contract, if applicable;
- a copy of the most recent divorce judgment, if applicable;
- the documents from the trustee in bankruptcy, if applicable;
- form BNR-105-V, Family Patrimony, if applicable;
- any other relevant documents;
- the keys to buildings or vehicles belonging to the deceased, if applicable.
You must (or you must have the notary) send us the documents by secure email, by fax at 514 285-9542 or by mail at the following address:
Direction des successions non réclamées
500, boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, 10e étage
Montréal (Québec) H2Z 1W7
To send us a secure email, you will need the help of one of our employees who can tell you how to register for our Secure Messaging Service. Request to send your documents by secure email:
Even if you renounce the partition of the family patrimony, we must nonetheless calculate the amount of the debt resulting from the partition. For more information about family patrimony, consult your legal advisor or see the Ministère de la Justice website.
You can also send us the names of persons that want to acquire the deceased's property so that we can contact them.
We will ask the family to secure the following property for the time it takes to review the request to open a file:
- jewellery and watches;
- collectible coins, banknotes and objects;
- movable property (such as vehicles and furniture).
The family can dispose of the following property, since we will not retrieve it:
- bedding and mattresses;
- household articles;
- perishable or non-perishable food;
- paper documents other than those mentioned above;
- photo albums;
- films, DVDs and books.
Once we have received the documents and verified that the succession can be considered unclaimed, we will open a file and become the liquidator of the succession.
Be advised that, due to the volume documents sent to us for processing, it can take a number of months before we review the documents received.