This is largely a theoretical question, looking for stories about how other people got on mainly. If you have a fairly large inheritance (tens of thousands, mightn't be big to everyone!) coming, should you decide how/where you want to receive it? I know someone who is executor, and 8 months after the death he is ready to distribute money but two of the beneficiaries (who are overseas) are now scrambling to sort out bank accounts and tax affairs. Is it more usual to sort this out earlier? It will all be sorted, I'm just wondering if this is all "normal".