How to get a Legal Heir Certificate Tamil Nadu India

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Check out the Complete guide on How to get a Legal Heir Certificate in Tamil Nadu, India

Making investments for a secure future is very common in every family, the investments either be in property or in shares or in fixed deposits or in post office. Such investments are really useful to secure the future and also it will be helpful for their upcoming generations.

In case if the chief person or the head of the family member suddenly demise, any of the family members next to that person should get a legal heir certificate to transfer the assets of the deceased person to his/her official heirs.

This has to be done soon after getting the death certificate from the municipality corporation. To get the legal heir certificate, the concerned person needs to apply in the appropriate government office. Getting this certificate is very important as this is the main document required to claim the right over the deceased person’s dues and assets. This Law has created rights to claim the securities or assets or property of the person dying intestate.

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The following people are considered to be eligible to obtain the legal heir certificate,

  • Spouse of the deceased person
  • Son/Daughter or Children of the deceased person
  • Parents of the deceased person (mother/father)
  • Sibling of the deceased person

Legal heir certificate is required to perform the following purpose

  • To transfer the properties, dues and assets of the demised person to his heirs.
  • To claim the insurance of the deceased person.
  • To sanction and process the family pension of the deceased person or deceased employee.
  • To receive dues of the deceased person such as gratuity, provident fund etc from the concerned office or from the Government
  • To receive salary arrears of the deceased person, if the deceased person has worked as state or central Government employee.
  • To obtain employment of the deceased person based on compassionate appointments. 

Following are the step wise procedure to apply Legal Heir Certificate in Tamilnadu, India

  • To obtain a Legal Heir certificate, visit the Taluk / Thasildhar office in your location.
  • Get the application form and fill it with all required details in the application form and you have to attach all the mandatory needed documents with the application form and submit it to the Taluk office, Which comes under your state government.
  • The applicant has to affix a stamp of Rs. 2 in the application form before submitting it.
  • After submitting the application form, you will receive a token and they will inform you to meet VAO/RI after a time period such as after 2 or 3 days.
  • Visit the VAO office after 2 or 3 days, there you have to fill in some details and they will provide give 2 sets of form in which you need to get 10 (i.e. 10 persons have to write their name, address & sign for reference) in the back of the form and in the next form you have to write the name of different 10 people in your locality for reference, the list can be verified later for correctness. In case, if you live in a metropolitan city, then you need to visit RI.
  • Once completing the above application form, you need to go to the VAO or Village Administrators Office in person and all the Legal heirs have to sign the Application form in presence of Village Administrators Officer. VAO will verify the correctness of the Legal Heirs and after the satisfaction of all documents; the VAO will affix his office Seal and signature.
  • Then you have to submit the VAO signed Application form to the Revenue Inspector. After receiving the application form, the Revenue Inspector will visit your house to examine and to verify your address and the Legal heirs.
  • Then submit the signed in RI & VAO form to the Tahsildar office in your location and get a token number, after which the legal heir certificate will be issued officially.

Stepwise procedure to apply Legal Heir certificate online – e-Sevai Services for Citizen:

  • Use the following link to e-sevai portal where you can apply for legal heir certificate online.
  • Login into the website using the credentials and page prompts, then hit “login”. In case, if you are new user, then you can select “Signup here” under login to register in that site and then apply.
  • Please follow the instructions and fill in the details in the online application form.
  • Your application will be processed by the concerned department as per the procedure and how it will be processed in person to provide the certificate.

Generally, the process of obtaining a legal heir certificate takes around 30 days from government department. And if you face any unnecessary delay in obtaining this certificate or if the concerned officials fail to respond, then you can approach the Revenue Division Officer (RDO)/sub-collector for further proceedings. 

Issuance of Certificates

Formal Legal Heir certificates are issued by the Tahsildar of the concerned district to accredit the actual deceased person living heirs and the succession certificates or duplicate certificates or certified copies of certificates to the deceased person legal heirs are issued by the court.

Following are the documents required to get legal heir certificate

  • Application form of legal heir
  • Death certificate of the deceased person
  • Identity Card of the applicant
  • Ration card of the applicant
  • Proof of residence of the deceased person. It can be any one of the following Voter ID, DL, and Bank Pass Book etc.

If Spouse applies for legal heir certificate:

  • Aadhaar card, Marriage Registration Certificate or Passport or Voter ID need be submitted
  • Birth certificate or Transfer Certificate of their kids
  • Self-declaration of the spouse indicating all other legal heirs which include Mother-in-law, if wife of the deceased person is the applicant

If Child applies for legal heir certificate:

  • Death Certificate of his/her parents
  • Birth certificate / Passport / Aadhaar / T.C of the applicant and aadhaar card of all other legal heirs

If the minor Child applies if parents are deceased:

  • Death Certificate of his/her parents
  • Birth certificate /Passport / Aadhaar / T.C of the applicant and Aadhaar card of all other legal heirs
  • Guardianship order obtained from the Hon’ble civil court  as a proof for the relationship to the heirs

If Parents or sibling apply (unmarried children deceased)

  • Death Certificate of the Deceased person
  • Birth certificate / Passport / Aadhaar / T.C of the deceased person
  • Self-declaration of the siblings/parents


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  1. Will I receive the legal heir certificate or will it be sent to the postal address. I while applying for legal heir certificate it’s asking for CAN number? What for that is required. Will the online legal heir certificate is as good as the one that we get in Thasildar office.

  2. I guess CAN is candidate application number. It is needed to apply legal heir certificate. If you are applying online, if you say you don’t have CAN number it will automatically direct you to apply for one. Follow the instructions online. It’s very simple. Just your name, address basic details. And it will allocate automatically CAN number for you. Then you can login using the CAN number.
    Best Wishes

    • If I apply for legal heir certificate online, I have to submit only proof documents right or do I have to submit proof along with 10 people reference also?
      After applying in online,, whether the legal heir certificate will be sent to home?or do I have to go and collect from tahsildar office?

  3. We’ve lost the heir certificate that was issued a decade ago, but we have the Xerox copy of that original, as I’ve applied it through the above esea portal with the can number registered, is this is a right procedure or do I have to apply the one with the xerox copy? If so, where should I apply

  4. Very good post. Id like to use some of this information on my blog if you dont mind, and Ill provide a link back to your site. Ill also be subscring to your blogs feed.

  5. Hello Sir/Mdm,

    I need help with getting a Legal Hire Certificate for my daughter.
    My wife passed away in Feb-2020 and need this document.

    I am currently located outside India and have been having tough time obtaining this document.
    Do you provide this service of obtaining Legal Hire certificate ?



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