How do I apply for a certificate of appointment with a will?

3. Submit the application

You have to file your forms with the Estate Registrar at the Superior Court of Justice in the area where the person lived or owned .

You need to prepare a cover letter to the Estate Registrar. In the letter, list everything that you are including with your application. For example:

  • each of the signed forms you have filled out
  • a death certificate
  • the original signed will and any codicils
  • a copy of each of the signed will and codicils
  • a certified cheque or bank draft for the estate administration tax

Estate administration tax

You must pay the estate administration tax. This is often called probate fees. The amount of the tax is based on how much the is worth. In Ontario, probate fees are $15 on every $1,000 of over $50,000.

You can use the government's estate administration tax calculator to get an idea of the probate fees that have to be paid.

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