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A solid reputation

In October 1987, Claude Dumais and Christian Giard, as newly qualified notaries, founded Dumais & Giard. Their first offices were located on Masson Street in Montreal, and a year later the firm moved to its present location on Sherbrooke Street. Over the years, the firm has known consistent growth, and to respond to the needs of its clientele, the cofounders welcome Mtre Geneviève Godin, specialized in capacities and persons law as well as succession law.


Concerned about the future of the profession, the cofounders acted on several occasions as training supervisors, and welcomed Mtre Josianne Gelfusa as a new team member. In May 2017, Mtre Geneviève Godin and Mtre Josianne Gelfusa became owners of the firm. Dumais & Giard has earned an enviable position in its fields of expertise thanks to the exceptional service delivered by its team of professionals. Driven by sustained growth, Dumais & Giard welcomed Mtre Dany Alwan in August 2018. Mtre Alwan became a partner in the firm in January 2021.


Dumais & Giard has won the Consumer Choice Award in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 in the Notaries category for the Island of Montreal. This award recognizes brand reputation, customer satisfaction and business excellence.

Discover our notaries

Our notaries will give you sound advice and will take care of all your needs in the areas of real estate law, family law, wills and succession law. Their notarial competence enables them to offer you a broad range of services in several fields of practice: purchase or sale of a property, wedding contract, wedding celebration, cohabitation agreement, institution of protective supervision, protection mandate, drafting wills and settlement of an estate.

Mtre Geneviève Godin

Mtre Geneviève Godin graduated with a degree in Civil Law and subsequently with a degree in Notarial Law, both from the University of Montreal. She has been a member of the Chambre des notaires du Québec since 2002, and joined the firm the same year.


She practices in the areas of capacities and persons law, succession law and non-contentious matters (incapacity, tutorship, curatorship). With her warm heart and attentive ear, she can comfort you and guide you through difficult times. She also performs civil marriages in our offices, and throughout Quebec.

Mtre Josianne Gelfusa

Mtre Josianne Gelfusa holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Quebec in Montreal and a diploma in Notarial Law from the University of Montreal. She has been a member of the Chambre des notaires du Québec since 2008, and has been with the firm since the beginning of her practice.


She is particularly gifted in real estate law as well as drafting wills and protection mandates responding to your needs. She may serve you in French, English and Italian. As well, she coauthored the 7th and 8th articles published in the volume Personnes et Famille of the encyclopedia JurisClasseur Québec.

Mtre Dany Alwan

Mtre Dany Alwan holds a Master’s degree in Notarial Law from the University of Montreal and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from McGill University. He has been a member of the Chambre des notaires du Québec since 2019. He has also been a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés du Québec for several years.


Fluently bilingual, Mtre Dany Alwan practices in the areas of succession law and estate planning, capacities and persons law as well as non-contentious matters (incapacity, tutorship, curatorship).