A succession certificate is authorized by the district judge of the associated jurisdiction. The appropriate jurisdiction will be where the deceased person generally remained at the time of their death or, if no such place is available, the jurisdiction within which any property belonging to the deceased may be found.
Once you acquire the court’s succession certificate, you can distribute the assets to the legal heirs accordingly. A succession may not be granted in a situation where obtaining a Probate of Letter of Administration is necessary, especially when there is a valid will.
Without an inheritance certificate, also known as ‘Wirasat-nama’, the transfer of property in Pakistan is incomplete. After the legal heirs are issued with inheritance certificates, they can transfer immovable properties or assets.
The legal heir certificate is issued to identify the heirs of a deceased person. In contrast, the succession certificate is sanctioned to validate the heirs’ legality and the authority to transfer immovable assets and properties of the deceased.
The process includes submitting a request in the civil court. After the request form is submitted along with the associated particulars such as death certificate, CNIC, and a valid family form explaining the petitioner’s direct relation with the deceased person.
A succession certificate is compulsory for requiring assets such as bank balance or immovable assets of the deceased such as bank balance, fixed deposits, shares, mutual fund investments, etc.