A legal heir certificate is a document necessary to establish relationship between the deceased and his legal heirs. In case of demise of an individual, who dies without a will, the assets, properties, and dues of such individual are given to the next of kin. The legal heir certificate helps establish these next of kin, who are individuals with close proximate relationship with the deceased. A legal heir certificate is issued by a tehsildar and can be applied for by the son, daughter, husband, wife or parents of the dead person, as the case may be.
A legal heir certificate is also of significant importance when it comes to petitioning for succession certificate, as only the legal heirs of an individual can apply for a succession certificate.