William is an experienced solicitor. He was educated at Westminster School and Cambridge University.
He qualified as a solicitor in 1971 with one of the large city firms and in 1974 returned to the family farm growing fruit and hops. He returned to the law in 1990, when along with many other farmers he ceased growing hops. William joined Grant Saw in 1996.
He is a consultant solicitor at Grant Saw, dealing with wills, probate, court of protection, inheritance tax planning and related conveyancing.
His other activities include overseeing the family farm, horses and the countryside generally.
William has a varied range of clients,many longstanding and his specialisms include:
- the administration of estates (probate)
- will drafting
- estate planning
- lifetime trusts and settlements
- lasting powers of attorney
- registering of enduring power of attorney
- disabled person trusts
- Inheritance tax advice and capital gains tax advice
- declarations of trust
"I have used Mr Meakin for years, I just wanted to change my will, not too complicated.
Very happy overall."
“Please continue as you are. I felt safe and secure dealing with Grant Saw as did my late mother many years ago”
“I enjoyed working with Mr Meakin who is a very pleasant and knowledgeable person”
“Mr Meakin was very helpful. He made useful suggestions as to re-drafting my will. I was really happy and relieved to have my new will sorted so speedily.”
“I have been hugely impressed by the manner in which this matter has been dealt with by you and your firm and on behalf of my clients I would like to thank you for the level of service which they have received.”
Bircham Dyson Bell
"William Meakin was extremely helpful, consequently I will use him for other legal affairs. Mr Meakin and his assistant/secretary were always very approachable and, if he was not in his office or was otherwise engaged when I phoned, would always call me back at the earliest opportunity, usually within the hour if he was in the office. Mr Meakin was always extremely helpful and courteous and provided impartial advice very calmly when I was in rather an emotional state following the death of my mother and when selling her house. I was kept informed of the cost of each step of the process, including costs of outside fees such as that of the land registry and how savings could be made."
"Will Meakin could not have been more helpful in assisting me with my mother’s estate and house sale at a difficult time. He was always available for advice and swiftly resolved a potentially complex issue regarding an earlier trust. His fees were very reasonable and transparent and I would have no hesitation in recommending him."
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you sincerely for the manner in which you have conducted the administration of my parents’ estate. At our initial meeting you said you would provide us with a “Rolls Royce service” and this you have undoubtedly done."
"I have used GW on three occasions. Each time, from the initial consultation, when everything was explained very clearly, through to a very successful finalisation, I was kept fully informed at each stage. I have absolute trust in Grant Saw and highly recommend them."
Gordon, Tonbridge, Kent
"We would like to say that Mr Meakin of Grant Saw helped us to draw up our own wills and MK's elderly mother, and each time the process was conducted in a highly efficient and effective way. Mr Meakin also treated and elderly lady, who was struggling with the process, with great kindness."
MFK and RGK
William, I would like to express my sincere thanks for you and your company for making this whole process very efficient and stress free.
“We would like to thank you for your service in this matter, we are both glad that our aunt found a pleasant, competent lawyer to handle her affairs.”
“I would have been absolutely lost without your guidance and support- you made something very difficult become very manageable.”
William Meakin Services
- Administration of estates
- The writing of wills
- Lasting power of attorney
- Deputyship orders and court of protection work
- Estate Planning
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