Insurance and Probate Valuations

Insurance Valuations

Duke’s are able to provide a comprehensive Insurance valuation service.

Written valuations for insurance purposes can vary from a single item to a large house contents.  Before starting, we will discuss the options available and your requirements, to ensure our valuation is carefully tailored to meet your specific needs. 

Many fine art and chattel insurers have reviewed their risk management strategies and now require an up-to-date valuation of house contents.  In any event, it is advisable for clients with collections of valuable art, jewellery or antiques to have an itemised and bound valuation, to ensure the correct compensation is made in the unfortunate event of a claim.  Such a valuation can help with painful disputes with loss adjusters.

The market price of unique valuables rarely moves in line with inflation.  It can, and does, change dramatically over short periods of time with factors such as fashion and condition having a dramatic effect on price.  A regularly reviewed valuation may help reduce insurance premiums and facilitate the speedy settlement of a claim.

Duke’s offer a bound document, with photographs if appropriate, prepared by an experienced, senior valuer.  We have a broad range of deeply knowledgeable specialists available in order to ensure the highest level of accuracy and service. 

Duke’s valuation service is completely confidential and has a clear and competitive fee structure.

Probate Valuations

We offer a prompt, professional and discreet service to private individuals handling a family probate, professional executors, trust companies and legal representatives. 

We will provide a valuation as required by the Capital Taxes Office detailing the principal items with accompanying digital images if required. 

 Our full professional service includes:

  • A free inspection, or discussion, to assess the need for a formal valuation
  • A detailed inventory and valuation
  • Safe storage of valuables
  • The delivery of bequests
  • The removal of items for sale by auction
  • Complete house clearance if required
  • A competitive and clear fee structure

We also prepare written valuations for

  • Family Division
  • Capital Gains Tax and
  • Private Treaty Sales


For further information, please contact the department.


Insurance and Probate Specialists


    Guy Schwinge


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