My father has recently expired (sudden cardiac arrest) & since it has been a unfortunate incident there is no WILL left by him. We have been advised by various sources-Friends,relatives etc. to get Legal Heir certificate & later a Succession certificate. We were a family of 4- Father, mother,myself & sister. Sister is married off & lives in USA. I am currently unmarried. My queries are:
a) What is a legal heir certificate? From where it is & to whom it is to be issued, its relevance in financial & legal matters. Since most of the bank accounts, policies etc. have been provided a nominee (my mother) does it still hold any importance?
b) What is a Succession certificate? From where it is & to whom it is to be issued. As per my knowledge through this forum it is for Asset/Property transfer to next head of family (which in my case is my mother).
My father has only one Flat on his name for which I am not sure whether my mother is a Co-owner/Co-applicant or not.
To make the case more precise, the deceased has died in Faridabad,Haryana & Property is in Hyderabad
Currently Documents we have: Father's Death certificate, Ration Card, Govt. ID proofs of all family members.