Having been referred to your company we were about to appoint conveyancing solicitor in Chobham endorsed using your comparison tool but have come across alternative costs illustrations via the web appear less expensive – why is this?
One can find many firms of solicitors advertising at first sight what seems to be cut price. We would urge you to give due consideration as to how important this transaction is to you that want to take 'cheap' risks over the quality of the legal work. Many of them list a budget fee to grab your attention but plant extra fees in the small print..
The Chobham conveyancing lawyers that I appointed last week on my house acquisition in Chobham have suddenly closed. They were on acting for me because I needed a firm on the TSB conveyancing panel and my previous Chobham lawyer was not. I paid them 275 plus VAT in advance. What are my options?
Assuming that you have an Estate Agent in the equation then let them know immediately so that they can let the sellers know that there may be a slight delay due to the problems encountered. Most sellers would be sympathetic and urge their lawyer to send a new set of papers to your new solicitors. You should appoint new lawyers that are on the TSB conveyancing panel and notify the lender. If you have paid over any money, it will hopefully be held by the SRA as money in an intervened firm's bank accounts is transferred to the SRA. Then, the SRA or the intervention agent looks at the intervened firm's accounts to work out who the money belongs to. To claim your money you will need to contact the SRA. If the SRA cannot return money you are owed from the firm's bank accounts, or if they can only return part of the money, you can apply to the Compensation Fund for a grant. Your new solicitors should be in a position to help.
My colleague advised me that where I am purchasing in Chobham I should ask my conveyancer to execute a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. Can you explain what the purpose of this search is?
This is a search is occasionally quoted for as part of the standard Chobham conveyancing searches. It is not a small report of more than thirty pages, listing and detailing important information about Chobham around the property and the people living there. It includes 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 House Prices, Crime details, Local Education with plans and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful information concerning Chobham.
How does conveyancing in Chobham differ for new build properties?
Most buyers of new build residence in Chobham come to us having been asked by the seller to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the premises is finished. This is because house builders in Chobham typically acquire the land, plan the estate and want to get the plots sold off as they are building the properties. Buyers, therefore, will have to exchange contracts without actually seeing the house they are buying. To reduce the chances of losing the property, buyers should instruct property lawyers as soon as the property is reserved and mortgage applications should be submitted quickly. Due to the fact that it could be several months and even years between exchange of contracts and completion, the mortgage offer may need to be extended. It would be wise to use a lawyer who specialises in new build conveyancing especially if they are accustomed to new build conveyancing in Chobham or who has acted in the same development.
I have been sourcing a conveyancing practitioner in Chobham for my sale. Is there any facility to check a firm’s record with the legal regulator?
Anyone may find presented Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) determinations stemming from investigations from 2008 onwards. Visit Check a solicitor's record. For records about the period before 1 January 2008, or to check a firm's record, telephone 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 any week day save for Tuesday when lines open at 9.30am. For non-uk callers, use +44 (0)121 329 6800. The SRA may recorded call for training purposes.