Valuing the Estate of Someone Who Has Died

What You Need to Do  

As part of applying for probate (external link), you need to value the money, property and possessions (‘estate’) of the person who has died. You do not need probate for all estates. Check if you need it (external link).  

You need to complete 3 main tasks when you value the estate.   

  1. Contact organisations (external link) such as banks or utility providers about the person’s assets and debts. 

  2. Estimate the estate’s value (external link). This will affect how you report the value to HMRC, and the deadlines for reporting and paying any Inheritance Tax. Most estates aren’t taxed. 

  3. Report the value (external link) to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).  

How Long it Takes  

The process of valuing the estate can take 6 to 9 months, or longer for big or complicated estates (for example if they involve trusts or there’s tax to pay).  


You do not need to value the estate straight away after someone dies. There are only deadlines if the estate owes Inheritance Tax.   

If it does, you will need to: 

Getting Help 

You can hire a professional (for example a solicitor) to help with some or all of the tasks involved with valuing an estate. 

You can also get help by calling the probate and Inheritance Tax helpline (external link)

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