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Legal Heir Certificate Tamil Nadu


Legal Heir Certificate Tamil Nadu

Legal heir certificate is an important legal document which determines the appropriate successor for the ownership of an asset or a property on the sudden demise of the registered owner. Legal heir certificate is also called as successor certificate and brings to light the eligible owners to whom the property has to be handed over. The Tahsildar issues the legal heir certificate after conducting a proper investigation with the appropriate heirs.

During property registration, the buyer will ask for the legal heirs certificate to ascertain ownership of the property being purchased. In some cases, if there is more than one legal heir for a property, all legal heirs should sign on the deed of conveyance as there is a requirement of getting the signature from all the legal heirs. Not obtaining the consent of all legal heirs while purchasing ancestral property lead to litigations in the future.


The following person is eligible to obtain the legal heir certificate in Tamil Nadu:

  • Wife of the deceased.
  • The child of the deceased.
  • Father or mother of the deceased.
  • Sibling of the deceased.

Documents Required

  • A self-undertaking affidavit.
  • Identity proof of the applicant.
  • Address Proof of all legal heirs.
  • Date of Birth Proof of all legal heirs.
  • Death certificate of the deceased person.
  • Death certificate of the deceased direct legal heir.
  • Residence Proof of the deceased.

How to Apply

Given below are the steps to apply for a legal heir certificate.

Step 1: Approach Taluk/Tahsildar Office

The applicant has to visit the nearby Taluk or Tahsildar Office.

Step 2: Receiving the Application Form

The application form can be obtained from the Taluk office at a cost of Rs.60 or it can be downloaded below:

Legal Heir Certificate

Step 3: Submission of the Form

After entering all the details in the form, the applicant has to submit the form to the Taluk office. After submission of the form, the applicant receives two tokens to meet the concerned VAO/RI after a couple of days.

Now, the applicant has to enter the following information at the back of the respective forms:

  1. In the first form, details of the applicant have to be given.
  2. In the second form, the applicant has to mention 10 references for further verification.

After entering all these details, the applicant has to get the signature of the VAO along with the presence of all the legal heirs.

Step 4: VAO Signature and Seal

The VAO after checking the legal heirs affixes his signature and seal.

Step 5: Submission to the Revenue Inspector

The application signed by the VAO has to be submitted to the Revenue Inspector after which, he visits the applicant’s home for verification.

Step 6: Submitting to the Tahsildar Officer

The applicant has to submit the RI and VAO form to the Tahsildar office and get a token number.

Step 7: Issuing the Certificate 

Once the token number is given, a Tahsildar issues the certificate within 16 days from the date of submission of the form.