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NADRA Succession Certificate and Letter of Administration

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Succession Certificate and Letter of Administration from NADRA
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Succession Certificate is Evidence of Property Inheritance

A succession certificate is issued by NADRA in Pakistan. A succession certificate is evidence of property inheritance. A succession certificate certifies that the heir is legally entitled to inherit the property of the deceased. The succession certificate and letter of administration, issued to a successor on behalf of a decedent, establish the legal heirs’ ownership of the deceased’s personal and real property.

Succession Certificate is Issued for Movable Properties

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Letter of Administration is Issued for Immovable Properties

A Succession Certificate is issued for the movable property and a Letter of Administration is issued for the immovable property. The Succession certificate and  the letter of administration establishes who is legally entitled to own the deceased’s personal property. In case of being the legal heirs to the estate of a deceased person, a Succession Certificate or Letter of Administration is issued when an application is submitted to claim the charge over the deceased’s movable or immovable property. 

Heirs Should Apply For Succession Certificate

New system of issuance of Succession certificates and letter of administration

Applications May be Submitted Through a Lawyer or In Person

A Pakistani citizen’s family members or heirs should apply to the NADRA, in person or through a lawyer for a succession certificate and a letter of administration in case he or she dies. After the death of a Pakistani national, it is mandatory for all family members of that deceased to get this certificate. This certificate serves as proof of inheritance.
 
You will have to submit all the necessary documents, as well as your application form, to any NADRA center near you in order to obtain a succession certificate and a letter of administration.
 
There are NADRA centers located throughout Pakistan, including Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, and other major cities. It is to ensure that you can quickly obtain this certificate without having to deal with any hassle or delay.

Courts were issuing Succession Certificates Previously

Now Get Your Succession Certificate without going to the Court

Until recently, courts were issuing Succession Certificates or Letter of Administration, for which legal heirs had to wait a long time before they could obtain them. Legal heirs now have the opportunity to obtain the certificates, Succession Certificate or Letter of Administration, through NADRA’s Succession Facilitation Units without going to court (if there is no dispute among the heirs regarding succession).

NADRA Succession Facilitation Unit are working in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, etc.

At present, one NADRA (National Database & Registration Authority) Facilitation Unit is working in Islamabad and one in every province. NADRA (National Database & Registration Authority)  is planning to establish many more Facilitation Units throughout Pakistan.

Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates Act, 2021

Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates Act, 2021 has created this great facility for the public of Pakistan. The purpose of the act is to provide a mechanism for issuing a Succession Certificate or Letter of Administration that is efficient, effective, and transparent.

Previously, these Succession Certificates and Letter of Administration were granted exclusively by civil courts alone. Now NADRA (National Database & Registration Authority) is assigned to award these certificates where applicable.

What is the Process for Obtaining a Succession Certificate or Letter of Administration?

The applicant submits an application form through the NADRA facilitation center. For any claim from the public regarding the succession of the dead’s property, NADRA (National Database & Registration Authority) will publish an announcement in leading local newspapers along with a notice on its website. If no objections/claims are received within fourteen days, the legal heirs, regardless of whether they live in Pakistan or abroad, can conduct biometric verification for obtaining Succession Certificate or Letter of Administration. NADRA (National Database & Registration Authority) will proceed with the process once all legal heirs have been verified biometrically. On the receipt of such an application, NADRA (National Database & Registration Authority) should process the application following the FRC (Family Registration Certificate) of the legal heirs. Upon completion of the appropriate procedure, all legal heirs are issued Letters of Administration or Succession Certificates.

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How to Get a Succession Certificate or Letter of Administration?

The applicant should register his/her application with NADRA (National Database & Registration Authority) Facilitation Units operating in ICT (Islamabad), Punjab, Sindh, and KPK. 

A five-step procedure facilitates the process that involves:

  1.  Application Initiation: Applications are initiated by providing their CNIC along with the death certificate of the deceased.
  2. Legal Heirs and Assets: Information about the legal heirs and properties of the deceased.
  3. Verification and Consent: The legal heirs must provide their biometric verification.
  4. Advertisement: NADRA (National Database & Registration Authority) will place the notice in newspapers seeking objections from the public at large to that particular application.
  5. Printing & Delivery: If no objections are received within 14 days of publication, a Succession certificate/letter of administration will be printed.

What Documents are Required for Obtaining a Succession Certificate or Letter of Administration?

The following documents should be appended along with the application:

  1. A copy of the deceased’s death certificate
  2. Copy of Family Registration Certificate (FRC)
  3. List of the legal heirs and copies of their NICs (National Identity Cards)
  4. Authorization if an application is made by a single legal heir on behalf of all others
  5. Details of immovable and immovable property
  6. Affidavit attested by the Oath Commissioner which mentions the following:
  • Details of moveable and immovable properties
  • Details of legal heirs and their shares as certified

What are NADRA Service Fees for Succession Certificate or Letter of Administration?

Fresh Certificate Fee:

Rs. 10,000 (If the value of the deceased’s asset/property is less than Rs. 100,000)

Rs. 20,000 (If the value of the deceased’s asset/property is more than Rs. 100,000)

Duplicate Certificate Fees:

Fee for duplicate certificate: Rs. 5000/-

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