To deal the deceased's Estate in Scotland you need to obtain 'Confirmation' before any money and other property, belonging to the deceased, can be released.

It is often a bank, building society or insurance company that will ask for this.

'Confirmation' is a legal document from the court giving the executor(s) authority to deal with the person's land, property, money and possessions (their 'Estate'). The application is made to the Sheriff Court.

When you apply for Confirmation you need to create an Inventory, this is a full list of the deceased's Estate.

You can only apply for Confirmation in Scotland if there is money or other property in Scotland.


There are two types of Estates in Scotland, a small Estate (an Inventory value less than £36,000) and a large Estate - all values above this.

In creating the Inventory, you do not include any debts or costs that are still to be paid. (For example, mortgage balance, funeral expenses, bills owed)

If there is a will, this will say what the deceased wants to happen with their Estate. The will may also include funeral instructions. The will should also appoint an Executor who will be eligible to apply for confirmation.

If there isn't a will, sometimes referred to as Intestate, the procedure to follow will depend on the size of the Estate. For a small Estate there are additional steps, and you need to be appointed Executor using the dative petition procedure. This can be quite complex and follows the Rights of Succession for Scotland.

In these cases, call the NBS helpline on 0800 0246 121 and we can offer help. We also recommend you seek legal advice from a Solicitor (we can help) or advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau.


The fees to be paid are based on the value of the Inventory, plus the cost of the certificates.

  • £50,000 - No fee

  • £50,000.01 - £256

  • >£250,000 - £512

  • Certificate* - £8 plus £13 per additional copy.

(*if ordered when logging Inventory)


NBS offers support, signposting and legal guidance following a bereavement, as well as offering guidance to anyone planning ahead in anticipation of their own death.

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0800 0246 121

Office 10, Consett Innovation Centre, Ponds Court Business Park, Genesis Way, Consett, County Durham, DH8 5XP

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