With the proliferation of many deaths due to the health crisis, the Directeur de l’état civil (DEC) is currently put in place various measures to limit the increase in its inventory of issues to be addressed in order to reduce the processing time.
To minimize the impact that these delays could have on the man or woman who has been designated as an executor of wills, the DEC intends to redeploy in the coming weeks, the resources available in-house.
It also wishes to prioritize the registration of births and issuing of death certificates, since it is, according to the president of the Chambre des notaires du Québec, the “first key” to open the doors of the estate.
“In the meantime, we can proceed with the death certificate which will be issued by the funeral director, but this document is only used in the meantime. Sooner or later, it will be necessary to supplement with the certificate, ” said François Bibeau.
Over the last two months, a single mother from Quebec who has lost his father and his sister, both who died following an illness not related to the COVID-19, has actually encountered these delays, has not received a civil status.
“For a process that usually takes a few hours, then it can easily take up to three days. There are more people who die and we will all solicit the same people, then, necessarily, it’s going to cap in the funnel at any given time, “said Nathalie Belleau, who admits to” not really have time to experience their emotions ” through all this red tape.
The will search, mandatory following of death, may also be longer in this time of crisis, as the paper applications submitted to the Chamber of notaries must pass through a confinement period extends from 24 to 48 hours.
“When this period is complete, we will analyse the requests, but this is not as fast as usual. However, notaries, in their studies, have different means and perhaps a little faster, ” he added to Me, Bibeau.
The president of the Chambre des notaires du Québec is, however, reassuring for those who are called upon to act as liquidators and that would feel a pressure to respond to the situation.
“With the decree, all time requirements are suspended, including the one to the renunciation of the succession. Usually, the liquidator must make an inventory of the property of the estate within six months, this no longer holds currently “, he mentioned.