How to get Legal Heir Certificate

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Sep 25, 20130 comments

What is Legal Heir Certificate ? 
Generally, if the head or a member of a family expires, the next legal heir of the deceased, like wife or husband, son, daughter, father/mother may apply for legal heir certificate. 
Why it is necessary ? 

It is required for the following purposes . 

  • Sanction of family pension . 
  • Receiving Government dues such as Govt. Provident Fund, Gratuity and arrear salaries of the deceased employee of the State and Central Govt. 
  • Receiving non-statutory ex-gratia payment where the amount involved does not exceed Rs.50, 000/-. 
Concerned Department 

Department of Revenue & Disaster Management, Government of Tamilnadu

Procedure to apply for Legal Heir Certificate. 

A person shall apply in Form –I affixing Court fee stamps of Rs.3.00 in his/her native Tahasil. 

Documents to be attached 
  • Death certificate of the deceased person. 
  • Affidavit. 
  • Service Book of the deceased employee. 
  • Copy of Ration Card. 
  • Copy of Voter ID Card. 
  • Copy of R.O.R. (if any stands in the name of the deceased person). 


Sanctioning Authority 

Revenue Officer (Tahasildar/ Additional Tahasildar, Sub-Collector, Collector) 

With whom to register complain? 
  • The applicant if aggrieved, may prefer an appeal within three months before the concerned 
  • Sub-Collector; if order was passed by Collector/Additional Collector. 
  • Collector; if order was passed by Sub-Collector. 
  • Revenue Divisional Commissioner; if the order was passed by the Collector. 
Official timing 
10 am to 5 pm in any working days. 




Who can apply ?
If a head of the family or any family member expires, the next direct legal heir of the deceased such as wife/husband/son/daughter/mother can apply for legal-heirship certificate.
Why it is necessary ?
It is required for following purposes
·                     If the person who died is a Governmentservant, legal heir certificate is required for sanction of family pension, and for getting appointment on compassionate grounds.
·                     Receiving Government dues such as Government. Provident Fund, Gratuity and arrear salaries of the deceased employee of the State and Central Government
·                     The legal-heirship certificate required for the purpose of  transferring bank account, electricity connection, telephone connection, house tax etc.,
·                     Receiving non-statutory ex-gratia payment
Steps to be followed:
1.                 Obtain death certificate of the deceased (How to obtain death certificate)
2.                 Visit your concerned Tahsildar office and get the application form for legal heirship certificate (See:Model legal heirship application form of Tamil Nadu)
3.                 Duly fill the application form and affix Rs.2 court-fee stamp on the application form.
4.                 Attach the following documents along with application form
·                     Xerox copy of the first and last page of the ration card
·                     Original Death certificate
·                     Pension payment slip of the deceased in case of a pensioner (issued by the office of Accountant General).
·                     Service certificate of the deceased in case of serving employee (issued by the head of office / department).
5.                 Submit the duly filled application form with supporting documents in the Tahsildar office
6.                 Based on the report of the Village Administrative Officer and Revenue Inspector and after due enquiry, this certificate will be issued by the Tahsildar mentioning the names of all legal heirs of the deceased.

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