A notarial will takes effect as soon as you die. It does not need to be probated. This saves your heirs money, effort and time.
There is no legal requirement for your will to be read in the presence of your heirs after your death. However, reading the will in their presence has many advantages, since the notary can then answer your heirs’ questions or help the liquidator understand his or her duties. That is why many wills have a clause requiring that the will be read.
The costs of making a notarial will vary depending on the notary and the complexity of your situation.
They usually include:
the drafting of your will based on your needs and situation;
the notary’s explanations and advice;
the signature of your will and storage of the original document;
receipt of a certified copy of the will for your records;
the registration of your will in the register of testamentary dispositions and mandates kept by the Chambre des notaires du Québec.