Inheritance law in Pakistan is related to the distribution of assets and property among legal heirs after the death of the owner. The inheritance laws in Pakistan vary depending on the religious beliefs of the deceased. However, all individuals of sound mind are entitled to inherit property, both movable and immovable, according to Pakistan inheritance laws.
The following are some key highlights of the inheritance laws in Pakistan:
The Muslim Family Law Ordinance (1961) and The West Pakistan Muslim Personal Law (1962) are two laws that protect the rights of inheritance in Pakistan.
The Succession Act, 1925 governs the distribution of a deceased person’s property among their legal heirs.
The inheritance provisions in Pakistan depend on the religious affiliations of the deceased. Muslims domiciled in or outside Pakistan must follow Muslim Law, while Christians and Hindus follow their respective laws.
The legal heirs that are blood relations have a right to inherit from the property of the ancestor or a relative after their death, according to Sharia law.
Women have faced challenges to assert their inheritance rights in Pakistan, despite the constitutional law claiming otherwise. However, there have been government initiatives to educate and assist women with inheritance.
It is important to note that each province in Pakistan has its own conditions for which documents are necessary for initiating the succession certificate procedure.
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