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Legal Heir Certificate

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    Overview of Legal Heir Certificate

    The legal heir certificate is an important document that needs to be presented to authorities while claiming services related to the deceased. The services could include obtaining their saved money from bank accounts, insurance claim, share claims, etc. In case of the sudden demise of a loved one, a legal heir certificate is needed for the transfer of the assets of the deceased in the name of legal heirs.  This certificate acts as a vital record to determine the connection between the deceased and the legal heir. After obtaining the death certificate from the municipality or certifying body, the successors can apply for it to the local talukdar/tehsildars’ office. The document comes quite handy in the retrieval of the deceased person’s properties and dues. Generally, legal firms help the people who approach them in getting through with the procedure of obtaining a legal heir certificate. This certificate helps the authorities in verifying the legal successor of the deceased in case they receive a claim on the assets or property of the deceased individual. An eligible successor must produce this certificate during the verification process of claiming the deceased person’s assets. 

    A Legal heir certificate could be required for subsequent purposes:

    • For transfer of properties and assets of the demised to his successors.
    • To claim the life insurance policy of the deceased.
    • Sanction and processing of family pension documents of the deceased.
    • To receive rightful dues like provident fund, gratuity, etc. 
    • To receive arrears on salary increments happened before the death of the employee.
    • For a family member who needs a compassion appointment in place of the employee.
    • Before any property purchased, the customer should first request a legal heir certificate to determine the ownership of the property. There are instances where several legal heirs have emerged for an ancestral property. In such cases, it is required that each legal heir signs the deed of conveyance to give approval sale of the property to avoid any litigations.

    Who Can Apply?

    The following persons are considered legal heirs of a person and may apply for a legal heir certificate under the Law:

    • Spouse of the deceased
    • Parents of the deceased
    • Children of the deceased (Son/Daughter)
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    Documents Required For Legal Heir Certificate

    To get a legal heir certificate, the following documents are required:

    Signed application form from the applicant
    Identity and Address proof of the applicant
    Date of Birth proof of all legal heirs
    Death certificate of the deceased
    A self-undertaking affidavit
    Address proof of the deceased

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      Note:

      Identity Proof of the Applicant can be voter’s ID, driver’s license, Aadhaar Card, Passport, or any other government-issued identification document.
      Documents qualifying as address proof are Aadhar card, telephone/mobile bill, bank passbook, gas bill, with the name and address of the applicant.
      Date of birth proofs are 10th or 12th Marksheet or certificate, school transfer/leaving certificate, Passport, PAN card, etc.

      Procedure to get Legal Heir Certificate

      Legal Heir certificate can be obtained by applying to the office of area/taluk Tehsildar, or from the local municipality office. It can also be obtained by applying to the district civil court. This certificate contains the names of all legal heirs of the deceased and is issued only after thorough enquiry. 

      The applicant must approach the respective authority of the area and apply for the legal heir certificate with the necessary documents. The applicant must fill the form carefully and submit the signed application with the necessary documents to the concerned authority. An applicant can take legal help in this matter to avoid any complications during the filing of the application. This application must contain the names of all legal heirs with their relationship to the deceased and details of their documents.
      A self-declaration affidavit on stamp paper should be submitted along with the form.
      The Revenue Inspector/administrative officer will verify the details and conducts an inspection to determine the legal rights of the applicant.
      Once the enquiry is successful and the application is found to be valid, the authorized officer will issue the Legal heir certificate to the applicant.
      The whole process generally takes 30 days. If there is an unnecessary delay in completion of process and the local authorities fail to address the concern then the applicant can approach the Revenue Division Officer (RDO) or sub-collector.

       

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      Frequently Asked Questions on Legal Heir Certificate

      The legal heir certificate acts as a vital record to determine the connection between the deceased and the legal heir.

      Following people related to the deceased can apply for this certificate:

      • Spouse of the deceased
      • Parents of the deceased
      • Children of the deceased (Son/Daughter)

      This certificate helps the authorities in verifying the legal successor of the deceased in case they receive a claim on the assets or property of the deceased individual. An eligible successor must produce this certificate during the verification process of claiming the deceased person’s assets.

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