Relatives not returning our father's death certificate. How to get it?

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I am from Singapore and my father unfortunately passed away in his relative house in India. Now we want his death certificate but his relatives refuse to give it to us because they think that we are going to get a lot of money in Singapore upon getting the death certificate. But actually we need it for a lot of purposes in Singapore.

We have tried calling them and they keep on saying they will send it back to us the following month but we have not received any letter so far. It is one year already.

Sometimes they don't even answer our call. Can I know how to deal with this?

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The proper recourse for you is to apply for a copy of the Death Certificate in the Registrar of Births and Deaths of the place where the death had occurred. The copy of the Certificate can be obtained easily by paying a nominal fee for the same.

The following documents are required when the death is registered at the Registrar:

a.       Duly filled Death reporting form by head of the family or relatives. 

b.      Original cremation ground receipt. 

c.       Certificate of Doctor. 

d.       Residence proof like ration card, voter identity card.

But as you have stated the Death has already been registered and the Death Certificate has been issued, these documents might not be needed.

In your case, you may apply for a copy of the death certificate, wherein you will have to fill the an Application form which is usually available with the area’s local body authorities, or with the Registrar who maintains the Register of Deaths. However we suggest that you keep the above mentioned documents handy as well because the rules and procedure for obtaining the death certificate differs from state to state and therefore, few other documents and information might also be needed to be filed along with the application form.

With respect to obtaining the death certificate from your relatives, it is a cumbersome process as they being relatives are equally entitled to obtain the death certificate as much as you being the deceased’s son are. Therefore, we suggest the proper course is to apply for a copy of the death certificate as suggested above.

Now if it is difficult for you to come to India to collect the death certificate yourself, you also have an option of authorising someone on your behalf to collect the same. For this you shall have to execute an Authority Letter in the name of that person whom you want to authorise to collect the certificate on your behalf.

Kindly let us know if you would like to avail our services to obtain the death certificate on your behalf.

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