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Probate Division

View a video about the Probate process (Wills and Estates)

Where can I get Court forms?

You will find user friendly court forms on-line here  or go to the Manitoba Laws site at http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/rules/forms_e.php.

If you do not have access to a computer, you may purchase court forms at any Manitoba Court Centre.

Can I find Court forms or Rules of the Court online?

You can find information on the Laws of Manitoba at http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/statpub/index.html

Once you are at this Internet site, click on " Enter Manitoba Laws" to find specific information.

Can I access the Court Registry System online?

Yes, you can access the Court Registry System online at https://web43.gov.mb.ca/Registry/

What are the fees that I will have to pay to file court documents?

The Court Services Fees Regulation regulates all court fees.

Fees can be paid by cash, certified cheque or money order. Security for costs must be paid by certified cheque or money order.  Payments are to be made payable to the Minister of Finance.

How can I obtain a copy of a Grant?

The Court of Queen's Bench, Probate Division, in Winnipeg, acts as the central registry for all probate matters in the Province. You must attend or write to the Court of Queen's Bench, Probate Division, in Winnipeg, to request information. Court staff can photocopy documents from the file for a minimum charge of $2.50. ($1.00 for the 1st page and then .50 cents for each additional page) plus applicable search fees. You will be contacted once the request for photocopies has been completed and will be advised of the amount payable.

Can I obtain information on a file without the file number?

Yes, court staff can complete a search in the deceased's name.  There is a $10.00 fee payable for every search where records are computerized (1984 and later).  A $20.00 fee applies for a search of manual records (prior to 1984) where you provide the name, place of death and date of death.  A $40.00 search fee applies when you are not able to provide information in addition to the name of the deceased.

The computerized probate records are available on the Manitoba Courts website and can be accessed on the Court Registry System free of charge at https://web43.gov.mb.ca/Registry/.  The manual records can be accessed free of charge at www.gov.mb.ca/chc/archives/estate/index.html  for searches prior to 1984.

Do I have to probate a Will?

You are only required to probate a Will if there are assets in the deceased's name alone. Some assets can be transferred without a probate order.  Examples of these kinds of assets are:

  • The CPP Death Benefit,
  • Life insurance proceeds payable to a named beneficiary; and
  • Jointly held property with a right of survivorship.

 

Where can I get more information on probate proceedings in Manitoba?

If you have reviewed the information on this website and have further inquiries, you may contact the Court of Queen's Bench Probate Division by email at ProbateInquiry@gov.mb.ca.

Information on this page last updated on January 28, 2021