Dated: 2021-09-18 12:00:37After the demise of my father, someone suggested me to obtain a legal heir certificate but I am not well versed with the proper procedure, nor do I know who has the right to obtain this certificate. Please help me in this regard.
What is a Legal Heir Certificate?
After the demise of the head of a family or of any family member, in that case the legal heir of that person can apply for the Legal Heir Certificate.
This Certificate is for the most part required for the beneficiaries of a serving or retired employee, who passed away. On the off chance of death of that retired person, family pension advantages will go to legitimate heirs. Generally, any levy to a man from government or nearby bodies will be paid to lawful heirs on the death of the individual. Such advantages to legitimate heirs includes provident fund, pension, gratitude etc.
How to obtain Legal Heir Certificate?
Legal Heir Certificate commonly indicates the names, ages, relationship with the deceased and marital status of all surviving family members. For getting Legal Heir Certificate, most importantly a death certificate is needed as an evidence of death. This death certificate is issued by the Major Panchayat/Municipality/Corporation/RO of Mandal where the death happened.
Legal Heir Certificate can be claimed by Wife/Husband/Son/Daughter/Mother of the deceased unlike Succession Certificate which can only be received by the Legal Heirs of the deceased.
Legal Heir Certificate can be obtained easily without much trouble from the District Tehsildar Office for the individual whose parent/husband/wife died without making a will. It is basically issued to form a relationship for claims related to pension, insurance, administrative/service advantages, retirement benefits of the State and Central Government Offices, government works etc. and to get occupation like compassionate appointments.
Documents to be attached along with the application:
After filling the form with all the vital points of detail and attaching all the documents thereto, the form has to be submitted to Taluk’s Tehsildar. The person can then obtain the Legal Heir Certificate from the Taluk/Tehsildar or District Civil Court of his/her region.
After the submission of form, a verification will take place in the form of an inquiry done by the local revenue officers as well as village administrative officials. Generally, a statement by the administrative/government employee who is believed to be knowing the dead person and his/her family will be registered in the application form. After the verification, the authorities will submit their report in the prescribed form.
After the due inquiry, in light of the report submitted by the revenue officer and village administrative officials, the certificate will be issued by the competent authority in which names of all the legal heirs will be specifically mentioned.
An important point to note here is that the whole procedure starting from processing the information to the certificate issuance, will take around 15-30 days.Minal B Khona