My mother passed away and has left her estate to my brother and I. I live in the US, mother and brother in UK. What is the best way to minimize tax penalties and maximize the value when moving this inheritance back to US. I was talking to someone who suggested a Sterling account opened with a US bank (or UK bank in the US). Speaking with the banks they seem to think that I have to open an account in the UK. Small amount of cash (~$5K), and ~$40K from house sale.