04 Dec, 2014

Loans of between £50,000 and £1 million offered

Families struggling to pay inheritance tax bills in order to ensure they can pay out the proceeds of wills are being helped by the launch of a new service from alternative lender HNW Lending.

The peer-to-peer lender, which is funded by a panel of high net worth individuals, has launched the loans to enable families who need to pay all or part of an inheritance tax bill before being granted probate in order to speed up the process.

Loans can be provided for three to six months or for longer where required with rates depending on negotiation. The loan can be paid out in 10 days.

Recent deals it has completed included a loan of £100,000 on a Mayfair flat worth up to £2 million left in a will by an elderly lady. Her executors needed to pay a £60,000 tax bill before being granted probate and HNW Lending was able to provide the loan based on the security of the asset. The loan was also used to pay for funeral costs, legal fees and service charges.

Inheritance tax of 40% is payable on estates valued at more than £325,000 – and needs to be paid before probate is granted and the value of the estate can be paid out to the beneficiaries of wills. HMRC allows the bill to be paid in instalments on certain types of assets including homes which can take time to sell. However 10% of the final bill needs to be paid within six months of the death and the granting of probate will take at least eight weeks after the settlement of the bill if there are no issues.

Government data* shows inheritance tax receipts for 2013/14 were £3.4 billion with around 16,000 estates a year paying tax. However rising property prices and the freeze on IHT thresholds means more estates may have to pay in the future. Around a third of the assets held by taxpaying estates are residential properties.

Ben Shaw, founder and director of HNW Lending said: “Many families will struggle to find the money to pay an inheritance tax bill or even instalments when the main asset is a house which will take time to sell.

“Being able to move quickly and raise the money through a loan should prove attractive which is why we have expanded our proposition with this new service.”

HNW Lending has expanded into loans against individual homes or portfolios of property after achieving success in lending against unusual assets such as high-end cars, yachts, fine wine and antiques. The loan to value on its property loans has been up to 80%, and the process can take 10 days to complete.

The HNW Lending process
The process will normally take no longer than 10 days to complete. HNW Lending Ltd will assess the value of a potential client’s home or portfolio of property, and based on this it will then find a lender prepared to provide funds against it. For further information about HNW Lending, visit, or contact Ben Shaw at

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