A legal heirship certificate in Pakistan is required when a person dies leaving behind immovable property i.e. house, land, Plot, etc. The deceased’s heirs cannot transfer immovable property in their own name unless they obtain a declaration/ legal heir certificate from the civil court.
Under Islamic law, when a person dies his property/ estate automatically devolves onto his legal heir. However, the law and prevalent practice requires compliance of legal requirements before the property could transfer to his/her actual legal heirs