Search for a will using the last will file (FCDDV)
In 1971, the notary created the Central Database of Last Wills (FCDDV). More often known as the File of Wills, it guarantees that an estate cannot be liquidated without taking the wishes of the deceased into account.
What is the last will file used for (FCDDV)?
This file, regulated by the Basel Convention of 1972, is accessible to the public.
It is recommended to consult it while setting up any inheritance . It allows the notary to register the existence of a testamentary disposition even another act, which is important to consider on death. Only the notary, guarantee of the provision conservation in the office, can record the file.
Can I consult the Central Database of Last Will Dispositions (FCDDV)?
You can also question the FCDDV via mail with a copy of the testator’s death certificate. You shall only obtain the name of the notarial office which holds the will and its contact details as information. It is the only one who is authorized to tell you whether or not you are the legatee of the deceased .
What should I do after this?
It is then up to you to contact the notary holding the act or to the notary of your choice. They shall advise you and carry out all the formalities and procedures which are required to process your request.
You can also ask your notary directly to examine the Last Will File on your behalf.
Note: The care of establishing the act of notoriety is entrusted to the notary. Therefore, according to article 730-1 of the Civil Code: "The proof of the quality of heir may result from an act of notoriety drawn up by a notary at the request of one or more beneficiaries" (paragraph 1)."