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1 in 3 expect 6-month wait for inheritance

More than a third of people underestimate the time it might take to receive their inheritance, according to research from Co-op Legal Services.

In a survey of 2,000 UK adults, 37% said they expect to wait 4-6 months to receive their inheritance.

In reality, the process can often take longer than this estimate, depending on a range of circumstances.

For instance, among those who had carried out probate for someone, it took an average of almost 11 months to complete the administration of the estate.

Probate is the term often used to describe the legal processes involved in dealing with the property, money and possessions of a person who has died.

Gavin Holt, head of probate at Co-op Legal Services, said:

"Whether you're an executor named in a will, or the next of kin in the absence of a will, dealing with the estate of a loved one can be difficult.

"It's not something that comes around very often, and people often don't know where to begin.

"As with all legal work, it's very important to get probate right, and a lot of peace of mind can come from handing it over to an expert."

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All of our accountants specialise in providing accountancy services to the self-employed, freelancers, sole traders, small to medium sized limited companies and private individuals. All accountants are employees of Easy Accountancy and we never outsource or offshore work.

Our low cost, all-inclusive fixed-fee accountancy service includes unlimited access to your own dedicated accountant throughout the year and covers all your business and personal tax affairs needs.

All our accountancy services include:
  - Unlimited access to your accountant
  - Ongoing advice on how to manage your business
  - Proactive tax advice throughout the year
  - Updates and reminders so you'll never miss a deadline
  - Free bookkeeping software

As a sole trader our fees start at just £60 + VAT a month, for this you receive the above plus:
  - Completion of your Self-Assessment tax return
  - Advice on how much Income Tax to pay
  - Guidance on National Insurance contributions

As a limited company our fixed fee packages are bespoke to your needs, however typically you’ll receive the above, plus:
  - Completion of your year end accounts*
  - Completion and submission of your annual return Companies House
  - The director/s Self Assessment tax return
  - Payroll bureau
  - Dividends and corporation tax computations

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*If you would like us to complete your company year end accounts we simply ask that you have been a client of Easy Accountancy for one year or have made 12 monthly payments.