Once you’ve made an offer or accepted a sale on a property, then you’ll need to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced legal professional to handle the process on your behalf. It is an important job, and it makes sense to carefully consider your options before you proceed with one of the biggest investments in your life. So, how exactly do you find the right conveyancer and property lawyer?
Legal titles explained
Firstly, it might be helpful to define what is meant by a conveyancer and property lawyer, and the differences between the two.
Put simply, a conveyancer and property lawyer are governed by different regulatory bodies. A property lawyer (or solicitor) is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and has to be a member of the Law Society.
Meanwhile, conveyancers are regulated by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (although if they worked for a law firm, which they can, they would come under the remit of the SRA).
A property lawyer is trained in all aspects of the law but has chosen to specialise in conveyancing, while a licensed conveyancer is trained only in conveyancing.
What does a conveyancer or property lawyer do?
When you make an offer on a property, you’ll need to provide the details of your conveyancer or property lawyer. They will:
- Handle contracts and check the fine print for any issues you need to be aware of
- Conduct local council searches
- Communicate with the Land Registry
- Manage financial transactions
How to find a good conveyancer or property lawyer
Because it’s such an important role, you need to choose your property specialist very carefully. Ask family or friends for recommendations, or take a look at a company’s testimonials to see what other clients have to say about the service they have received.
Make sure your conveyancer or property lawyer is a member of the relevant regulatory body – or even better that they have obtained additional accreditation. For instance, Anthony Stockton Solicitors has the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme certificate which gives an assurance of conveyancing quality.
Check your fee structure. Solicitors may charge in different ways so be clear on how, what and when you will be expected to pay. Is it hourly? A percentage of the property price, or a fixed fee? At least if you know you can weigh up the cost of the advice given and process undertaken.
Never underestimate the importance of good communication. Buying or selling a house is stressful enough without a lack of support and a feeling of frustration if there is nowhere to turn.
Speak to an expert conveyancer and property lawyer
Anthony Stockton Solicitors specialises in affordable conveyancing services to individual and business customers across the Midlands and beyond. Every client is assigned an experienced property professional and will receive a personal and efficient service. We also provide web tracking so clients can track progress 24/7. Call us on 0800 652 37 37 to speak to a trained professional or use our enquiry form to request a consultation.
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