Things to consider when hiring a solicitor

Once your offer on a property has been accepted, and the property has been taken off the market, it’s then time to hire a solicitor to begin the process of transferring property ownership over to you.

You can either appoint a solicitor, a property lawyer, or a licensed conveyancer to complete the conveyancing work.

There are a few things to consider when looking for someone to complete your legal work: 

  • Check that firms are licensed to practise with the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.
  • Find out their charges, including a full breakdown of costs.
  • Find out how often you will receive updates on the progress of your sale.
  • How many partners work for the firm? Some mortgage lenders will ask your conveyancers to act for them too, and may need a minimum number of partners.
  • Find out whether you will need to go into their office to sign papers, or whether they do this by post and email.
  • Ask to see testimonials from other customers, as this will give you an idea of whether the firm is suitable to hire.
  • If you are looking for a quick turnaround, check that they can meet your timescales.

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Kerry Day

Kerry Day currently works in Endsleigh’s Internal Communications team, as well as playing a large role in our Community and Engagement programme. Kerry enjoys frequent cinema trips, blogging and jogging.

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