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What is the difference between an executor, liquidator and other titles used for representatives of estates?
The executor of an estate is called the liquidator of a succession in Québec and both titles refer to a single person or group of people who were appointed by the deceased in his or her will. If the deceased did not have a will, or if the person appointed is not willing or able to act as the executor, then an administrator will be appointed by the probate court. Depending on which province you are in there may be different titles given to this court appointed role.
Can I use Notified Right if I’m not an executor or liquidator?
The people who will benefit most from Notified Right’s online tool are executors (called liquidators in Québec), or a person appointed by the probate court to settle an estate. If you are unsure of your role please contact your family lawyer.
Death Certificate vs. Statement of Death
The Statement of Death is issued by the funeral director and may be proof enough for some of the organizations you need to notify. Many of the organizations, such as banks and insurance companies, however, will require a Death Certificate issued by the provincial government. The fees and wait times for obtaining a Death Certificate vary by province and territory.
Do I need to probate the will?
Probate can be a time consuming and expensive legal process, but it is not always necessary. Each province has its own rules about when probate is required. It is best to speak to your family lawyer to determine if probate will be needed.