A Legal Heir Certificate helps you prove that a person is an heir to both movable
and immovable assets of the deceased; necessary for the transfer of the same
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When there has been a sudden demise of a family member, a Legal Heir Certificate has to be obtained to authenticate the relationship between the heir and the deceased. It is an important document required for claiming the deceased person’s properties, provident fund, pension and other gratuity benefits, including benefits of central and state government departments.
In India, a Legal Heir Certificate is helpful when the deceased had not selected a nominee. Also, banks and private companies demand legal certificates to transfer deposits, balances, investments, shares, and so on.
Under the laws of India, the following people are considered to be the Legal Heirs of a person and can obtain a Legal Heir Certificate in India:
The whole procedure of acquiring a Legal Heir certificate can take up to 30 to 45 days.
What is the difference between a Legal Heir Certificate and a succession certificate?
The Legal Heir certificate issued by a government authority, via the revenue department. Whereas the succession certificate is granted by a court of law.
Is there any time limit on applying for a Legal Heir Certificate?
No, but It is prudent to apply within 6 months from the deceased person’s date of death. However, these are not grounds for rejection by the revenue department.
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