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Uganda - Register a Legal Heir Certificate

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1.The applicant should go to the administrator generals office to find out what is required in order to obtain a legal heir certificate.

2.Prepare all necessary documents and make the necessary payment; and

3.Submit application to court. The application can be submitted through the administrator general;

4.When application is submitted, a notice for application for legal heir certificate is made for not less than fourteen days.

  • Publication is made and given this reasonable period of time to allow anyone who has any objects against the lodged application submit his / her claim to the authorities.

5.When the publication time elapses and not objection is received, the registrar in the high court or the magistrate in the magistrate court also investigates to confirm if the applicant is the right person to receive the heir certificate.

6.When confirmation is made, the legal heir certificate is issued by either the registrar in the high court or the magistrate in the magistrate court basing on where application was lodged.

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Required Documents[edit]

1.Proof of death of a person to be succeeded (A death certificate, postmortem report, and Certificate or LC letter confirming the death of the testator.

2.A recommendation from the LC

3.A copy of the Will (in case the deceased made a Will)

4.Identity Card of applicant

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

1.Department of Administrator General

Plot 5 George Street

P. O Box 7151, Kampala Uganda

Telephone: 041-4341915

2.National Coordination office

Chambers F6 and F8 High Court Building

P.O. Box 26365

Kampala uganda

Phone: 075 950 0440/1

Toll free phone: 080 010 0210



3.Justice Centres Tororo

Tororo Chief Magistrate's Court

Uhuru Road Tororo

Phone; 075 950 0443

Toll free phone: 080 010 0211

4.Justice Centres Lira

Lira chief Magistrate's Court LIRA

Phone: 075 950 0442

Toll free phone: 080 010 0212

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Applicant should be the legal heir of the deceased person and this can be either the Wife / Husband of the late, the Son or daughter, father or mother.


Fees vary basing on where application is lodged


Valid for a long time

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

About a month or more

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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1.A recommendation letter from the LC must clearly indicate that person applying for the heir certificate is a fit and proper person to make the application.

2.Before applying, be sure that the deceased did not leave any will;

3.Ensure that you submit all required documents while lodging application;

4.All family members must agree to the submitted application;

5.A legal heir has the responsibility to represent the deceased for all purposes;

6.A minor or unsound person must be represented by an authorized elder person;

7.Publication of application must not be less than fourteen days.

Required Information[edit]

  1. Deceased name
  2. Applicants name
  3. Applicants relationship with the deceased
  4. Applicant signature
  5. Date of application
  6. Residential address of applicant
  7. Date, time and place of death of the deceased
  8. Details of all family members and relatives staying at the deceaseds home
  9. Information explaining the right in which the applicant claims a heir certificate
  10. Details of property left by the deceased.

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Need for the Document[edit]

A legal heir certificate is issued to a legal heir of the deceased person. When a person dies, the legal heir can apply for the certificate. It is issued to confirm that the holder has the authority to represent the deceased and manage all his / her property left behind.

The certificate also shows the terms on which the property shall be managed. This legal heir certificate in Uganda is issued after a case hearing in the high court or magistrates court.

Information which might help[edit]

It is important to note that issuance of the certificate is after all family members agree to it and when issued, the certificate must be used for the right purposes otherwise, if misused, it can be cancelled.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

  • Legal Heir Certificate is used when living relatives of a deceased person want to for claims benefits relating to either Insurance, pension or retirement benefits;
  • It can also be used to claim for service benefits of the deceased from central and state government departments or Government undertakings among others;
  • It can also be used for purposes of new connections to the deceaseds property for instance telephone connections, electricity and water transfers;
  • It can be used as an introductory letter in places where the heir must represent the deceased for example if there is need to collect house taxes on behalf of the deceased and if there is need to access accounts of the deceased.

External Links[edit]

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