Common QuestionsHow do I know if a will has been probated?
You can do an eSearch to find out if a probate file has been opened in British Columbia. Anyone with (1) internet access and (2) a credit card or BC Online account can use eSearch services. If your search shows that a probate file exists, you can contact the appropriate Supreme Court Registry to find out if they have the will and what the cost is for getting a copy of the will and/or the probate papers. Read more about the eSearch service here, under the heading, "Are Wills available online?"
Note: Wills probated in BC between 1861 and 1980 are available at the BC archives in Victoria, B.C. The Vancouver Public Library owns microfilm indexes to all probated BC wills between 1861-1981, and the Cloverdale Branch of the Surrey Public Library has probated BC wills from 1861-1981 on microfilm.
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Some quick definitions:
Probate is a way of getting the court to say a will is legally valid. This involves filling out the necessary forms and submitting them to the Probate Registry of any Supreme Court in BC.
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