In provinces other than Quebec, probate is the process of getting the court’s confirmation that the will is valid and confirm the executor’s authority to settle the estate.
How does probate protect me?
Probate protects the executor. If a claim is made later that the will is invalid, you may have to pay out of pocket for assets that you have distributed. If you have probate, it protects you against claims under a competing will.
How is probate different in Quebec?
Probate is less common in Quebec, where notarial wills are used most often. Only handwritten wills and wills made in the presence of witnesses must be probated by the court.