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Letter of inheritence

Letter of Inheritance


When certain people in Skyrim die they leave an inheritance of 100 to 500 GoldIcon to the Dragonborn, delivered by a courier. The local Jarl will take 10% of the inheritance as a tax, which is already deducted from the amount received.

List of bequeathersEdit

Incomplete list

See alsoEdit


  • Homes can be inherited to own, although upgrades cannot be purchased for them. Beds in these homes shift from "Owned" to being open to the Dragonborn, allowing the Rested Effect and Well Rested Effect to be obtained. Spouses and housecarls can move into these houses as well.
  • Potential bequeathers can be assassinated to provoke an inheritance in some instances. This method does not always work.


This section contains bugs related to Inheritance. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • Sometimes the inheritance can still be received, even if the "dead" person is still alive.
  • On occasion, people who would normally leave inheritance money to the Dragonborn do not do so upon their deaths.
  • One may receive a letter that just says "(Player name), In the name of Jarl" and is completely blank the rest of the way. These are normally acquired after the Battle for Whiterun quest on the Imperial side.
  • Sometimes, "essential" people may die, disappearing, before the Dragonborn receives a letter of inheritance. Tested on PS3 with Vilkas
  • The player may obtain a letter of inheritance with the dead person being "Bandit".


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