6 steps to finding the right solicitor

6 steps to finding the right solicitor

27th Sep, 2018

A solicitor or conveyancer will handle every legal aspect of buying or selling a property for you. It is crucial that you choose one as soon as you have agreed an offer on a house, so that they can oversee the whole process.

Selling up or purchasing a home – or both – can be a very stressful and expensive time, so it is important that you find a reasonably priced legal representative, who will also sufficiently support you.

Here are some simple steps to find the perfect one for you…

CQS-accredited

Source a solicitor that is CQS-accredited. This is a register of firms who are a part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme and are authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Businesses who are a part of this are credible, and it is more likely that you will be provided with a high-quality service.

Research

The advisor or bank that you apply for your mortgage through will almost always recommend a solicitor, but it is always worth doing your own research. Look locally, because this means you can drop by their offices and deal with them face-to-face if the need arises.

Friends are also great people to ask. They will be very happy to suggest a good solicitor to you and will also be just as ready to steer you away from one that caused them problems!

Call

When doing your research, speak with a solicitor either face-to-face or over the phone. Give two or three of your preferred options a call, and listen out for who seems more helpful, or perhaps keener on getting your business than others.

Relatives

Avoid using family! Even if your cousin is a solicitor and is offering you ‘mates rates’, it is not a good idea to use someone that you know. Conveyancing is not always smooth sailing and when you’re in a contract race with additional pressure on you from your seller or buyer, you sometimes have to do a bit of nagging – not something you want to do to someone close to you.

Cost

This is a crucial thing to find out! If a firm is vague about its charges and can’t seem to give you a definitive figure, look elsewhere. There’s nothing worse than, at the end of the process, getting a nasty surprisingly high bill for ‘disbursements’ – i.e. expenses the solicitor has incurred making enquiries on your behalf.

Sometimes this is inevitable if problems do arise in the process, but getting a written quote that will give both you an upper and lower figure will certainly put your mind at ease.

Contact

When you have decided which solicitor you are going to work with, make sure you stay in constant contact with them. Some firms are forthcoming and will keep you in the loop about everything at every stage, but others can tend to go a little silent at times. So don’t be afraid to nag them – after all you are paying them for a service!

We hope that these steps will help you in your hunt. Buying and selling a property is a huge task, so it is important that you find the right person to support you throughout the whole process.

If you would like anymore information or are looking for recommendations, please feel free to contact one of our property experts, who will be happy to help.

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