IF YOU’RE PLANNING ON BUYING A NEW HOME, THESE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS MAY HELP YOU.
1) WHAT IS CONVEYANCING?
Conveyancing is the legal process that transfers a property from one person to another, making sure that the legal title to the property passes from the seller to the buyer. A conveyancing solicitor can handle this process for you.
2) WHEN DO I NEED A CONVEYANCING SOLICITOR?
You should choose a conveyancing solicitor if you are buying, selling or remortgaging your property. As soon as you make an ofer on a property, the estate agent will ask for your solicitor’s contact details.
3) DO I HAVE TO USE MY MORTGAGE LENDER’S RECOMMENDED SOLICITOR?
No -although some mortgage lenders have a panel of solicitors and ask you to choose one of them for the mortgage-related work you are free to choose your own. If your mortgage lender gives a recommendation, ask if you have to use their panel or if you are free to choose your own solicitor.
4) HOW DO I CHOOSE A SOLICITOR?
Choose a solicitor who:
- specialises in property work
- can meet your exchange and completion dates
- doesn’t have a holiday booked before you want to complete
- provides the type of service that suits you – if you want someone who has knowledge of the area and where you can drop into the office to see them, use a local solicitor. If it is better for you to have access to your case online and to receive email and text updates, choose an online solicitor.
5) SHOULD I CHOOSE THE CHEAPEST SOLICITOR?
Cheapest doesn’t always mean the best value. It’s a good idea to get quotes, but remember that buying a house may be the biggest purchase of your life and small mistakes can cost a lot. Make sure you choose an experienced conveyancing solicitor. When comparing quotes, make sure all legal costs are included e.g. searches, surveys, land registry fees and stamp duty. The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) is a recognised quality mark for legal experts in residential conveyancing. Look for this quality mark
when searching for a solicitor.
6) WHAT DOES THE SOLICITOR DO?
In general, a conveyancing solicitor:
- deals with the Land Registry
- conducts searches e.g. local authority, water and drainage, environmental
- provides legal advice and recommendations
- draws up and assesses contracts
- pays the stamp duty charges
- handles the exchange of cash
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