Can the conveyancing lawyers via your comparison service carry out attended exchange conveyancing in Bristol?
We do have a number of conveyancing experts who can conduct one day exchanges. Do e-mail us to obtain a conveyancing quote and details as to dates.
When it comes to lenders such as Lloyds, do Bristol conveyancing practitioners incur a yearly amount to be on the conveyancing panel?
We are not aware of any bank fees to be on their panel, although some do levy an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel submission.
I have decided to exercise my right to buy my property in Bristol off the council. I have a mortgage agreed with UBS. Conveyancing is new to me. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should use one. Any advice?
It is not advisable to proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event, if you are getting a mortgage with UBS, you will need to appoint a solicitor on the UBS conveyancing panel.
The formalities of my purchase has taken place for my property in Bristol. Conveyancing was of an acceptable standard but I would like to complain about the lender. Who do I contact should I wish to lodge a complaint?
Almost all banks and building societies have complaints procedures. Your first port of call should be one of the lender’s branches or the Customer Services Team at head office. In most cases complaints to a lender are sorted out very quickly. However if you are not satisfied that the matter is not resolved you can write to Financial Ombudsman Service with full details of your complaint.
A relative advised me that where I am buying in Bristol I should carry out a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. Can you explain what the purpose of this search is?
A search of this type is occasionally quoted for as part of the standard Bristol conveyancing searches. It is not a small report of more than thirty pages, listing and setting out significant information about Bristol around the property and the people living there. It incorporates an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the local Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the demographics of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average Property Price, Crime details, Local Education with plans and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful information regarding Bristol.
I used Stirling Law a few years ago for my conveyancing in Bristol. Now, I need my documents but cannot find the solicitor. What do I do?
Do contact the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to assist in tracking down your conveyancing files. They can be contacted on please contact on 0870 606 2555. Alternatively, you should use their online form to make an enquiry. You will need to provide the SRA with as much information as possible to assist their search, including the name and address in Bristol of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously used, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.
Should I appoint a Bristol conveyancing lawyer who is local to the property I am purchasing? An old friend can carry out the legal formalities but his firm is located 200miles drive away.
The primary upside of using a high street Bristol conveyancing practice is that you can drop in to execute paperwork, present your identification documents and apply pressure on them where appropriate. They will also have local intelligence which is a plus. However nothing is more important than finding someone that will do a good and efficient job. If if people you trust instructed your friend and on the whole were content that should outweigh using an unfamiliar Bristol conveyancing lawyer solely due to them being local.