We're in Dorset, FTBs purchasing with a mortgage (lender is Virgin Money , and our lawyer is on the Virgin Money conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the Virgin Money conveyancing panel is a help. It would almost certainly delay matters if they were not. However, no property lawyer should guarantee a timeframe for your conveyancing, due to third parties outside of your control such as delays caused by lenders,conveyancing search providers or by the other side’s solicitors. The time taken is often determined by the number of parties in a chain.
My wife and I are planning on selling our property in Dorset and the buyers lawyers are claiming that there is a risk of it being constructed on contaminated land. A local conveyancer would know that there is no such problem. It does beg the question why the purchasers are using an online conveyancing practice rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Dorset. Having lived in Dorset for six years we know of no issue. Should we contact our local Authority to obtain clarification that the buyers are looking for.
It would appear that you have a conveyancing solicitor already. What do they say? You should enquire of your lawyer before you do anything. It is very possible that once the local authority has been informed of a potential issue it cannot be insured against (a bit like being diagnosed with a serious illness and then taking out health insurance to cover that same illness)
How does conveyancing in Dorset differ for newly converted properties?
Most buyers of new build or newly converted property in Dorset approach us having been asked by the housebuilder to exchange contracts and commit to the purchase even before the premises is built. This is because builders in Dorset 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 conveyancing solicitors 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 Dorset or who has acted in the same development.
Is it possible to swap solicitor as I need to retain a firm on the Virgin Money conveyancing list. I instructed a high street conveyancing solicitor in Dorset round the corner but she is not accepted by Virgin Money
It would be our pleasure to help you select a conveyancing solicitor in Dorset on the Virgin Money panel. Please note that the property lawyers that we work with do not pay us fee if you instruct them and are registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority who regulate all conveyancing solicitors in Dorset. Using the find a conveyancing solicitor tool on this website, you can compare charges for conveyancing solicitors in Dorset and throughout England and Wales.
In my capacity as executor for the will of my father I am selling a house in Swansea but I am based in Dorset. My solicitor (based 260 miles from merequires that I sign a statutory declaration before the transaction finalising. Can you recommend a conveyancing lawyer in Dorset who can witness this legal document for me?
strictly speaking you are unlikely to need to have the documents attested by a conveyancing solicitor. Normally or notary public or solicitor will suffice regardless of whether they are Dorset based