What are assets?

When valuing the estate, you will need to take account of all the assets belonging to the deceased person.

HM Revenue & Custom’s definition of assets

HM Revenue & Customs defines assets as anything which has a value and typically includes the following:

1. Personal chattels meaning personal belongings

2. Money in bank, building society or savings accounts

3. Houses and land; this includes farmland

4. Businesses, or business assets, owned by the deceased (or a business partnership of which they were a member)

5. Investments such as stocks and shares, including family shares

6. Pensions that include a lump sum payment on death (as opposed to an ongoing annuity to a surviving partner)

7. Payouts from life insurance policies

8. Assets in a trust from which the deceased benefited

9. Foreign assets held abroad including foreign bank accounts, property or shares

10. Some gifts are included as assets

Please note

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