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The Court of Probate in each of the districts in Nova Scotia consists of a Judge of Probate (who is a Supreme Court Justice) and the Registrar.
All relevant estate documents are recorded and placed in safekeeping at the offices of the Registrar in each probate district.
When the Court has issued a "Grant of Probate" on or after October 1, 2001, the Act which is currently in force applies; see THE PROBATE ACT >>
When the Court has issued a "Grant of Probate"
prior to October 1, 2001, the "old" Probate Act applies: SEE THE "OLD" PROBATE ACT >>
Also relevant are the PROBATE COURT PRACTICE, PROCEDURE AND FORMS REGULATIONS >>
Probate Court Costs and Fees
Wondering how much your legal matter will cost? There are applicable fees and taxes set by the Provincial Government that you are required to pay for wills, estates and other Probate Court matters.
Representing Yourself in Probate Court
We are all entitled to represent ourselves in the Courts (except in Bankruptcy Court where you act through a Trustee in Bankruptcy). However, there are often many forms and documents to be filled out, witnesses to subpoena, and so on. If you are not familar with legal and court procedures, and the law as it applies to your case, then you may want to reconsider self-representation. If you are planning to represent yourself in Probate Court, here are some helpful materials that may be of use:
Getting Started - DEALING WITH AN ESTATE >>
Hints from the Registrar - HOW TO AVOID HAVING YOUR DOCUMENTS REJECTED >>
Forms Used In The Court
The version of the Probate Court's Forms provided on the next page are not official. FORMS PAGE >>
In the event of a discrepency, the Forms that are part of the PROBATE COURT PRACTICE, PROCEDURE AND FORMS REGULATIONS >>, made under Section 106 of THE PROBATE ACT >> will be considered the official version.
More information and links to additional web-based resources can be found HERE >>