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Priya   06 May 2022

Legal heir certificate

Hi Experts, Can we remove a name from legal heir certificate through court?

My Grandpa's legal heir certificate issued in Tamil Nadu has included his second wife who was married when my grandma (first wife) was alive- around late 1960's.

Can we apply to court and request for issue of new certificate only with her children name? Thanks in advance


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kavksatyanarayana (subregistrar/supdt.(retired))     06 May 2022

The court how included his 2nd wife's name without giving the information of your family members?  If so, file an application before the court to re-issue the certificate by submitting full facts.

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SHIRISH PAWAR, 7738990900 (Advocate)     07 May 2022


You have to challenge the legal heirship certificate which is issued by showing 2nd wife as legal heir. 

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Keertisri Sinduja   09 May 2022

The following are considered legal heirs as per the Hindu Succession Act,1956:

1.      Spouse (Class I heir)

2.      Children (Class I heir)

3.      Parents – Mother (Class I heir), Father (Class II heir)

4.      Siblings – Brother (Class II heir), Sister (Class II heir)

A second wife cannot claim property or be considered a legal heir under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 if the husband remarries during the life-time of the first wife or when the marriage with the first wife is still subsisting. Under S.5 of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, if a husband remarries while the first marriage exists, then in that case the second marriage becomes void. The second wife can inherit property only under two scenarios, after the husband divorces his first wife and in cases where the husband remarries after the death of his first wife. The children of the second wife irrespective of the second marriage not being valid are entitled to inherit as per Indian Succession laws. Children of the second wife also fall within the category of Class I heirs and can inherit equally along with the children of the first wife.

In the present case, the name of the second wife can be removed from the legal certificate through a court order as she is not a valid legal heir. It was held in the case of Smt. Prabha Dubey And Ors. vs Smt. Santosh Dubey, 2005 (1) MPHT 215, the Madras High Court held that the second wife was not entitled to a succession certificate as the husband had remarried during the subsistence of the first marriage. The court allowed the children born out of the second marriage to claim succession in the property in view of S.16 of the Hindu Succession Act, 1956.

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Priya   10 May 2022

Hi Experts, 

Thanks lot for your valuable asnwers. It was of great enlightment. Now I understand we can file a petition and remove her name. But since its already been around 10 years we got the certificate and only now we got to know that she will not be the legal heir. Can we still proceed with removing her name through court? If yes, please help me with the procedure for the same. 

Also I would likt to mention that the second wife and her childern are not agreeing to remove her name.

Thanks in advance 

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