Unclaimed or refused successions

A succession is considered to be unclaimed or refused where:

  • a person dies without leaving a spouse or family;
  • all the successors refuse the succession;
  • there is no known successor, or no successor comes forward to claim the succession.

In all these situations, the property of the succession, if located in Québec, devolves by law to the State.

An unclaimed succession is entrusted to the Minister of Revenue, who must:

  • make an inventory;
  • publish a notice in the Gazette officielle du Québec;
  • publish a notice in a newspaper circulated in the place where the deceased was domiciled, informing the population that the Minister has become the liquidator of the succession.

For further information, contact Revenu Québec’s Unclaimed property.

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