What Should You Know About Conveyancing Solicitors?

Conveyancing Solicitors

When you want to buy or sell your property you will need to find a solicitor who can help you with the conveyancing.

Conveyancing is the formality of registering the change of title passing from one owner to another. You usually need a conveyancing solicitor to help you with this. You'll not usually find a solicitor solely practicing in being a conveyancing solicitor and it would also be unusual to find a complete firm of solicitors solely practicing as conveyancing solicitors. Usually a legal practice is divided up between its component departments and those departments will specialise in certain aspects of the law such as Matrimonial Matters, Criminal and Corporate law etc. Most solicitors will offer conveyancing services and you'll usually find that one or more particular partners in the firm will be responsible for managing the conveyancing department and overseeing the staff who work within that department.

Its not usual for a conveyancing solicitor to manage all aspects of the conveyancing casework unless of course they are the sole worker in that department. It is normal for the lower end of the casework to be handled by clerks and conveyancing assistants and the department manager will review the files at critical and strategic stages to ensure that all matters are progressing according to plan and that there will be no unforeseen hiccups along the way.

Selecting A Conveyancing Solicitor

How you select a conveyancing solicitor or a firm of conveyancing solicitors is up to you but some people like to shop around and get the best deal. It is not unheard of for people to look for a cheap conveyancing solicitor, usually over the Internet or by other methods.

Finding a cheap solicitor can be a stressful business using the Internet because we've found that there are many businesses advertising their conveyancing services and purporting to be a cheap conveyancing solicitor by stating that their fees will be as low as £99.00. We find this practice to be a little unscrupulous as these companies are hiding the fact that disbursements and similar charges will be added to your quotation, which if considered and compared to other not so cheap quotations you may receive, you'd likely find that most of the online companies are actually quoting similar or marginally different prices for their conveyancing fees.

Obviously you don't just want a cheap conveyancing solicitor, you want a good conveyancing solicitor.

Compare Conveyancing Solicitors

If you are getting quotations online from good comparison websites such as agentquote.co.uk you should be able to look at customer reviews and star ratings from other people who may have been looking for conveyancing solicitors in the past and managed to find a cheap conveyancing solicitor through this site.

Are Cheap Conveyancing Solicitors Good Conveyancing Solicitors?

It was explained to us that usually you cannot find a firm of cheap conveyancing solicitors south of Luton as premises rates and salaries for professionals all increase greatly as you move closer to London and the Home Counties. It may therefore feel a bit strange to have your conveyancing done by a conveyancing solicitor that is based in Leeds if the property or properties being transacted on are resident in Brighton. You'll find in this circumstance you would likely save hundreds of pounds by engaging the online conveyancing solicitors as opposed to engaging a local one.

It's a pity that, because of Law Society Rules regarding conflicts of interest, that the parties in a house buying and selling transaction could not all go to the same solicitor and perhaps negotiate a discount based on that solicitor being able to become the conveyancing solicitor for all parties but it is sensible to ensure that a conflict does not arise and ensure everybody has their own independent solicitor or licensed conveyancer.

Delays can take place and this usually occurs when one party of solicitors will write to the other requesting or providing information and responses back from the other party are delayed, whether deliberately because the solicitors have too much work on or because perhaps mortgage arrangements have not yet been concluded by a party, or because maybe a link in the sales chain is broken which could in effect have the potential to collapse the chain.

In any event, your conveyancing solicitor will be able to undertake the conveyancing paperwork and financial transacting on your behalf, regardless of whether you chose the most expensive one or a cheap conveyancing solicitor, hopefully they will ensure that matters are expedited swiftly and most efficiently through to conclusion.

The choice is yours but we think it really is worth shopping around for a cheap conveyancing solicitor for the sake of a cost saving of perhaps five hundred pounds or more.

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