Why our services?
Everyone over 18 years with any assets and/or children needs a will. Don’t put off making your will if you think it’s too complicated. We will take that worry away from you and give you the solutions.
Good planning reaps dividends. New Inheritance Tax laws (2017) can be very confusing and trip people up – Inheritance Tax planning is our speciality.read more
Now is the time to think of the future
The actions you can take now can minimise the Inheritance Tax liabilities you may have and the problems your relatives may get by you not having a willread more
We will create your own personal will including any trust that you may need. Making a will is the only way to ensure that your wishes are carried out. All our wills are stored free of charge and registered with Certainty, the National Will Register.
The Protective Property Trust and the Bespoke Discretionary Trust are arguably the most common trusts in use today. We will give you advice regarding Inheritance Tax Planning as part of this instruction process. Trusts can help you significantly with these issues: third party intervention, care home fees, sideways disinheritance, bankruptcy and divorce.
Inheritance Tax Planning
The taxman charges 40% inheritance tax on everything he can
This is critical as the new tax law, the RNRB (Residence Nil Rate Band), states that it is not given automatically and has to be claimed for your children. The Inheritance Tax threshold has been frozen since 2009 at £325.000.
Lasting Powers of Attorney
Everyone over 50 should put this in place for their future peace of mind. If you have investments, you may need an ‘Attorney’ to release funds for you or your family in the future. You may also need them to sell your property if you become incapacitated. If you have a medical situation, your attorney can make decisions in your best interest.
We offer a wide range of different funeral plans across the market. All are guaranteed.
Pre paying funeral plans saves you money by fixing the price now.
Planning ahead gives you peace of mind. It gives you the chance to be clear on what you want at your funeral.
BPR, introduced in 1976, means a family business can now be passed down through generations with no Inheritance Tax.
If you buy and hold shares in qualifying companies you can pass on these shares if you wish without any Inheritance Tax liability as long as certain rules are adhered to.
You are able to purchase any number of shares as you desire. Please be aware that such tax benefits and tax rules can change.
A friendly and efficient service that I would recommend. Jeff was very clear in explaining how the process worked and I feel assured and confident that everything will be handled smoothly in the event that my will needs to be read.
“We used Jeff to help us with our will writing, he was really lovely, giving us sound advice for what we needed and then giving us a stress free easy service, resulting in peace of mind, knowing all our wishes will be supported should the worst happen.” –
Clare and Matt Bartlett
“My husband and I had put off having our wills drawn up since we got married, and even after our children came along a few years later, it was still one of those jobs that continued to get shunted down the to-do list; I think it was partly because of the fear of thinking about death and potentially leaving the children behind, and partly because we didn’t really know where to start! From the first time we met Jeff, he totally put our mind at ease: he broke everything down for us so it was easy to understand, and really took the time to make sure we were happy with everything we discussed with him.
His assistant, Sarah, was also very helpful – when it came to signing our documents, we struggled to find a time where my husband and I could both be in attendance without the children due to work commitments and extra curricular activities.
Sarah and Jeff arranged to meet us at home, and spent an evening chatting with us AND our two children!
I will certainly be going back to Jeff if I need any assistance in similar matters in future; he was great from start to finish and I can’t recommend him enough.”
“We used Jeff Meers to carry out our Legal Power of Attorneys. He was very knowledgeable and efficient and everything went through smoothly. We would recommend his services.”
“Jeff and Sarah Meers are extremely professional, very caring and understanding, My Mother who is 95years old has just had her will and both her LPA’s sorted out finally, with great care and attention given to her, I have also had my will and both LPA’s completed by Jeff, I am an extremely happy client, and the added bonus is they come to your home, I will recommend Meers Legal Services to all my friends.”
Cherry Marshall, London.
If you own your property jointly with another person or people there are two ways that you might hold the property. You could be either joint tenants or tenants in common. But what are the differences between these two types of property ownership and why do they matter to you? In the context of joint18th March 2019
Over half of the population could be naively handing their inheritance to the wrong person. 54% of the population are unaware that their pension policy will be passed down to the person named on the policy, even if an updated will says otherwise. The study of more than 2,000 UK adults, completed by the Pheonix18th March 2019
The comedy king of one-liners, Sir Ken Arthur Dodd OBE, left behind a truly remarkable legacy after his death.
The comedy king, Sir Ken Arthur Dodd OBE, left behind a remarkable legacy after his death, at the age of 90. Sir Ken Dodd’s long and successful career spanned over sixty years and he was often described as “the last great music hall entertainer of them all”. Sir Ken lived in Knotty Ash in Liverpool27th February 2019
In November 2018, the Ministry of Justice announced that legislation to introduce tiered probate fees had been presented before Parliament. We expect to see these changes to probate fees coming into effect from as early as April. These increases in probate fees have been in the news since February 2017, when the plan to introduce25th February 2019