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Choosing a Conveyancer or Conveyancing Solicitor?

Choosing a Conveyancer or Conveyancing Solicitor?
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What does a Conveyancer do?

Buying a house can be a tricky business and is one of the major stresses we face in our lives. The process of transferring ownership of a property has many legal aspects to be dealt with and should only to be handed by a professional in the field. This is usually done by a conveyancing solicitor or a conveyancer.

What is the difference between a Conveyancer and a Conveyancing Solicitor?

A solicitor is typically much more expensive than a conveyancer. They are a fully qualified lawyer with extensive training and must be a member of the Law Society. A conveyancer has less legal training but they specialise in property, they must also be member of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. Both should take care of all the legalities of buying and selling a property and who you choose will depend on the complexity of your purchase or sale and your personal preference.

How to find the right company?

Choosing the right person is essential as you want to ensure they do a thorough job yet in a timely manner. There are many online firms offering conveyancing services which can be considerably cheaper and offer some great deals, but consider if they will be able to give your case the personal attention you would expect? On the other hand a solicitor may not just specialise in conveyancing and have other work load that may involve him or her being at court or away from the office for long periods of time and therefore hard to get hold of. Some solicitors firm may have a specialised in-house team of conveyancers but if you have had a personal recommendation, that is always the best place to start and is a good indication of their quality. Remember to choose them based on your own circumstances as what may have been great for your friend might not be best for you.

Choosing a Conveyancer or Conveyancing Solicitor?

Take into consideration where your solicitor or conveyancer is based. You might be happy doing all your business over the phone or via email but if you’re someone who would prefer to put a face to a name, you might want to chose someone a little closer to home. It is also worth remembering you will have paper work to check and sign and you may want to go over any small print with your solicitor and ask any questions while they are with you, rather than sending important documents through the post.

Get Conveyancing quotes

When getting quotes, it is important to check exactly what is included in the quote. Many firms give deliberately low quotes to entice customers then add on additional amounts which are essential extra’s that can bump up the final cost by a fair sum. Ask for a fully itemised quote and avoid any solicitors or conveyancers that charge by the hour – a sure way for your costs to spiral out of control!

Timescales

The paperwork involved can be very time consuming and lead to frustrated clients when they aren’t kept up to date with progress. At the same time, the solicitor or conveyancer needs to be extremely diligent and efficient in their work. Incorrect paperwork, mistakes or delays in sending the right forms off at the right time, can all result in considerable delays and in extreme cases, can result in a sale falling through.  Communication is key when developing good working relationship, so make sure they are contactable by phone and email. Remember, you are paying your solicitor or conveyancer for their services so if you are unhappy, explain why and try to resolve any issues as quickly as possible.

 

 

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After spending the last 8 years juggling life as a mum of two, wife and working full time as a Project Manager for a global telecommunications company, Rebecca Robinson made the decision to follow her love of writing and took the plunge; turning her passion into a full time career. Since becoming a full time writer, Rebecca has worked with various media and copy-writing companies and with the ability to make any topic relevant and interesting to the reader, now contributes to The Working Parent on articles ranging from credit cards to teenage relationships. Ever the optimist, Rebecca's dreams for the future include a house in the country filled with children, dogs and horses in the field!

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