A news source on Monday 1st Feb 2020 reported a good news for legal heirs of deceased person regarding the transfer of moveable and immovable properties. The Senate Committee has approved an important legislation to facilitate the speedy transfer of movable and immovable property of the deceased for its legal heirs either living in Pakistan or abroad.
The Government has clear agenda on legal reforms in the country. Letter of Administration and Succession Certificates Bill, 2020 is one of the key s legislations in this regard, to get the assent of both the National Assembly and the Senate.
The purpose of this law is to provide for an efficacious and speedy mechanism for issuance of letters of Administration and Succession Certificates.
One of the problems faced by the legal heirs of the deceased is the transfer of immovable and movable property even in the cases where no ‘factual controversy’ i.e. any objection by legal heirs or dispute regarding the identity of legal heirs exists.
Law Ministry has devised a mechanism to establish Succession Facilitation Units in collaboration with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for the issuance of Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates within 15 days of initiation of application by the legal heir/heirs of the deceased. The initiative would enable NADRA to use biometric authentication to issue Succession Certificates and Letters of Administration for the first time in Pakistan.
Before this law, issuance of Letter of Administration or Succession Certificate by courts was the hectic and lengthy process for legal heirss. Previously all the legal heirs had to be present in the courts in Pakistan, now even if legal heirs are not present in Pakistan, the Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates will be issued.
This law definately will save a lot of time and money also for the legal heirs and get them faciliate more effeciently.