What is the difference between Succession Certificate & Surviving Member Certificate?

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Surviving Member Certificate and Succession Certificate are totally different from each
other. Surviving member certificate also known as survivor certificate or legal heir certificate is issued by the Revenue Department of a State to identify the actual legal heirs of a deceased person. On the other hand a Succession Certificate entitles the grantee thereof only to collect the debts and securities of the deceased in the hands of others and imposes an obligation on the grantee to thereafter distribute the same amongst the heirs of the deceased.

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A succession certificate is a document issued by a civil court to the legal heirs of a deceased person certifying a rightful person to be the successor of such deceased person. Grant of such Certificate entitles the grantee thereof only to collect the debts and securities of the deceased in the hands of others and imposes an obligation on the grantee to thereafter distribute the same amongst the heirs of the deceased.

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Surviving member certificate also known as survivor certificate or legal heir certificate is
issued by the Revenue Department of a State to identify the actual legal heirs of a deceased person. The legal heir certificate consists of details like name, age, relationship with the deceased and marital status of all surviving family members.

Difference between a Succession Certificate & Surviving Member Certificate/Survivor Certificate/Legal Heir Certificate can be summarized as follows:

SUCCESSION CERTIFICATE SURVIVING MEMBER CERTIFICATE
Issuing Authority Court Revenue Department/Corporation
Who can apply Legal Heirs Survivors such as spouse, daughter, son, parents etc. 
Purpose  Authorises the successor to realise the debts and securities of the deceased person. Its main objective is to facilitate the collection of debts on succession and offer protection to the parties paying debts to the representatives of the deceased person. To identify the legal heirs of the deceased.
Assets  Only for movable assets Applicable for all properties of the deceased. 
Effect  The grantee may not be the beneficiary of the assets.  The holder has right over the assets. 
Contents  Lists all debts & securities of the deceased.  Lists the details of the legal heirs.

 

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