We have already explained in detail the process of “Death formalities for expats in Saudi Arabia”. This article is written specifically for the people whose family member dies in Saudi Arabia and they want to claim death compensation of the worker.
It is very important to mention here that legal heirs of a worker in Saudi Arabia are entitled to get 4 kinds of death compensations. It is a complicated topic and we have covered it in the following link. Recommended: 4 kinds of Death Compensations of Workers in Saudi Arabia
Contact Embassy of your Country in Riyadh: If any of your family members has died in Saudi Arabia, you need to contact immediately to the Embassy of your country in Riyadh. If you are residing in Saudi Arabia, it is easier for you but if you are living in your own country, you may have to call them or contact the foreign office of the home country.
They will tell you the following procedure to adopt. But it is very important to contact them first before starting any proceedings. The procedure may vary from country to country.
Legal Heirs Certificate: Legal heirs of the deceased person will have to submit a legal heir’s certificate to the Riyadh Embassy of their home country. This certificate should be issued by some statutory authority of your country e.g. Civil Judge or District Magistrate.
It should be listing the names of all the legal heirs of the deceased persons and their relationship with him. If some of the children are minor, the name of the guardian and the relationship with him should also be mentioned.
In the case of the wife, the year of marriage should also be included in this certificate. This certificate must be attested by the Home Department of the State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Saudi Embassy.
Power of Attorney: Now the next step is to hold someone responsible for the proceedings of the court. If you are residing in Saudi Arabia, legal heirs can assign anyone among them, they can assign any family friend or Embassy of your Country.
In this regard, my personal suggestion is to assign Embassy for the proceedings of the court. Every embassy has a chamber of employed lawyers to perform this kind of services. A Power of Attorney must be signed by all the legal heirs of the deceased persons in the name of Embassy of your home country in Saudi Arabia.
In the case of minor children, it will be signed by the guardian of the children. Saudi Courts have a set format for power of attorney; you should not change even a single word from this format.
The format for the power of attorney can be acquired from the Embassy of your country in Riyadh. It must be attested by the Home Department of the State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Saudi Embassy. Recommended: Power of Attorney for Death Compensation Cases
Attestation of Documents: Legal heir’s certificate and power of attorney must be translated in English and Arabic and both of them (translated and original) must be attested by 3 different authorities in your own country.
- First of all, the local or provincial government of your residing State will attest it.
- The second step is to get it attested by the Foreign Office in your country.
- Third and the last step is to get it attested by the Saudi Embassy in your country.
Submission of Documents: When both of these documents are attested by the required authorities in your home country, these need to be submitted to the Embassy of your home country in Riyadh.
After this, all the process of claiming the death compensation will be handled by the authorized embassy. How effective the Embassy is in making the successful claims is a different debate but I have provided you details of the procedure.
Important Shariah Rules: Any Non-Muslim legal heirs are not allowed to take anything from the inheritance of a Muslim deceased person in Islam.
Even if it is Blood Money or End of Service Benefits, Saudi Government will not release any funds to them. Even if legal heir accepts Islam after the death of a deceased person, he will not be given any part of his inheritance.