All you need to know about property solicitors
21st January 2015
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So you've found the right home, but now what? We're givng you the low-down on your next legal steps and what a property solicitor exactly does for you.

Found the home of your dreams? Started making plans for a mortgage? It's time for a property solicitor, or conveyancer, to help process the legal side of things.

Solicitors are practising lawyers and officers of the Courts who have had a legal education and, who have passed examinations. Conveyancers will sort out a range of things, including dealing with the Land Registry and transferring the cash to buy your new home.

What does conveyancing involve?

Every house purchase and sale is different, but in general a conveyancer will manage things such as:

  • Dealing with the Land Registry
  • Stamp duty chargers and payments
  • Collecting and transferring money during a house sale
  • Providing legal advice and recommendations
  • Drawing up and assessing contracts


Choosing a conveyancer

As soon as you place an offer on a property, the estate agent will want to know your property solicitor's details. We would hence suggest approaching a conveyancing or solicitors firm early on to avoid having to pick one in a rush!

Making sure legal processes are followed properly during a property sale is vital, otherwise the whole thing could fall through. So, you need to find a solicitor you are confident will do a good job. All solicitors are qualified to do conveyancing, but not all will have experience in this area so use a legal firm that specialises in property transactions.

  • Try not to use a conveyancer who is very busy; you want someone who can give your case proper attention. If possible tell them your preferred exchange and completion dates and ask if they can meet these.
  • Avoid a property solicitor who is very junior or lacking in conveyancing experience
  • onsider using a local conveyancer – they'll have a good knowledge of any laws or issues particular to the area. Although most of the process will be handled via phone or email, being able to drop into an office to hand over paperwork or check on things can speed the process up.
  • Estate agents will often recommend conveyancers to you but you don't have to use them. Shop around for yourself to see if you can find a better deal on price or service elsewhere.

Ultimately, you need to find a firm that you feel comfortable with but have the expertise to get the job done very well.

To get your search going, we'd recommend contacting Gregsons Solicitors first. With a wealth of knowledge about buying and selling homes, their experienced team of property solicitors can answer any question you may have.

The company are accredited by The Law Society Conveyaning Quality and strive to provide a first class, personal service with every client.

To find out more about Gregsons Solicitors, either visit their property solicitors page here or give them a call for a friendly chat on 020 8946 1173.

Alternatively, have a look at all of our recommended conveyaning companies here.

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