Buying or selling a property is a stressful process. Finding the right conveyancing solicitors can save you a lot of time, hassle and in some cases, avoid you losing your property sale. Conveyancing solicitors ensure that the property you are looking to purchase has a safe and marketable title but more importantly, you will not encounter any problems when it comes to you selling the property in the future.
As with most things, both the High Street and the Internet are full of very many firms offering conveyancing solicitors and services, but the cost and level of service you receive vary from firm to firm. However, a higher fee does not necessarily guarantee a personal and fast conveyancing service you require in today’s property market.
Who are conveyancing solicitors?
Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring the ownership of a property. A conveyancing solicitor will handle and take care of all the legal paperwork for you and ensure that your property sale or purchase, be it a residential or commercial property, completes smoothly. They will handle the contracts, give legal advice, carry out local council searches, deal with land registry, and transfer the funds to pay for your property.
Conveyancing Solicitors can be broadly split into two categories –
Your usual High Street Solicitors, who offer Conveyancing as part of their service
Specialist Property Lawyers in the form of Licensed Conveyancer’s, who only carry out and look after property legal activities
The major difference between the two different types of firms, mainly drill down to the fact that they are regulated by two separate governing bodies; namely the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for Solicitors and Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) for specialist property or conveyancing firms. Naturally, however, the fees charged by Solicitors tend to be higher than what specialist property lawyers do.
How to find the best conveyancing solicitor
Historically, the biggest fear most potential property buyers and sellers have when it comes to the conveyancing stage of the property transaction is speed. Since there are a number of third parties, including Local Councils, Mortgage Lenders, and third-party solicitors, there is no definitive way of ensuring that all these parties would hasten to proceed.
Though you would most likely be put in touch with a local firm of conveyancing solicitors by your estate agent, these firms in most cases tend to use traditional practices such as all correspondence being sent out by post and not accepting email or FAX transmissions as means of service. What this inevitably means is that the whole conveyancing process prolongs even further, unnecessarily.
Notwithstanding the above, communication is key. Being an already stressful period of one’s life, not being updated of key milestones on their property transaction only leads to more anxiety. Though it may sound obvious that your conveyancing solicitors should and must be keeping you informed of your transaction regularly, remarkably a majority of conveyancing firms charge extra for the privilege. Fees start from around ten pounds per telephone call or letter they generate which will inevitably add hundreds of pounds to any original quotations you have by supplied, at the onset of the transaction.
How our Conveyancing Solicitors can help?
Express Conveyancing is not your traditional law firm. In fact, we are the equivalent of an extended arm of Client Services arm for a number of Legal 500 and Top Law Firms in England and Wales. We offer a unique service both to the general public and the law firms we closely work with by ensuring we offer competitive, fixed fee conveyancing services with the added, co completion no fee guarantee. Our conveyancing quotes incorporate all fees, which you will be required to pay for any standard freehold or leasehold transaction to avoid those nasty surprises. We also assess your individual cases with their own merits and place them with the most competent and suitable firm of lawyers, from our panel of solicitors.
Contact our team of property experts today, to obtain a conveyancing quote, or for more details of how we can help.