Saturday, 24 December 2011

How to get Legal Heir Certificate ? (Tamil Nadu)

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 Government servant, 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.


  1. Hi,
    My father in law expired recently. At the time of death their family was living in Chennai. They have their ration card,own house in trichy, in death certificate too permanent address is mentioned as trichy address. But residing address/death is mentioned as chennai address, when we are trying to apply for legal heir in trichy that VAO has rejected our application stating that we have to get the certificate in Chennai. Could you advice on the same?

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  3. Hi,
    My father passed away 16 years before, while im approching for legal heir certificate now, they are saying it costs Rs.16,000 to get. Is it true? Or else i can approach through court?
    Anybody give suggestions..

  4. My father died in mumbai but I am staying in chennai with my husband. I want to get a legal hair certificate. When I apply in chennai they delayed it has become 2 years. I have only voter id. and pan card. But in mumbai I can not apply because my all my documents are in chennai address. What to do please suggest me.

  5. when will they come for enquiry.....
    will they be coming to house for verification....

  6. My grandfather died in Mumbai, My dad, mom and his 3 kids are resident of Mumbai. My grandfather has property in tamil nadu. The people in Tamil nadu are asking us to get waris certificate from Mumbai, since we have been resident here - will the Succession certificate of mumbai work for Tamil nadu? Pls. suggest.