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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Harlow

My fiance and I are looking to acquire a flat in Harlow and have instructed a Harlow conveyancing practice. Within the past 48 hours our property lawyer has sent a preliminary report and documents to look through with a view to exchanging next week. Lloyds TSB Bank have this evening contacted us to inform me that they have now hit a problem as our Harlow lawyer is not on their conveyancing panel. Is this a problem?

When purchasing a property with mortgage finance it is standard for the purchasers' solicitors to also represent the mortgage company. In order to act for a bank or building society a law firm has to be on that lender's conveyancing panel. An application has to be made by the law firm to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict criteria which the firm has to satisfy and indeed some lenders now require their panel members to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme. Your solicitor should contact your mortgage company and see if they can apply for membership of their conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable they will instruct their own solicitors to act. You don't have to instruct a firm on the bank's conveyancing panel as you are at liberty to use your preferred Harlow lawyers, in which case your legal fees may increase, and it will likely delay the transaction as you have another set of people involved.

It is is a decade since I purchased my house in Harlow. Conveyancing lawyers have now been retained on the sale but I am unable to locate the title deeds. Is this a problem?

You need not be too concerned. First the deeds may be with your lender or they may still be with the solicitor who oversaw the purchase. Secondly the chances are that the title will be registered at the land registry and you will be able to prove you are the registered owner by your conveyancing lawyers acquiring up to date copy of the land registers. Almost all conveyancing in Harlow involves registered property but in the rare situation where your home is not registered it adds to the complexity but is not insurmountable.

I used Arc property Solicitors a few years past for my conveyancing in Harlow. Now, I need the files however the law firm is no longer operating. What do I do?

Do call 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 Harlow 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.

Am I right to be suspicious by 3rd parties that I am dealing with are encouraging me to use a factory type conveyancing firm as opposed to a local Harlow conveyancing practice?

As with many professional services, often referrals from family and friends can be extremely useful or valuable. Nevertheless there are lots of people with a keen interest in a conveyancing deal; estate agents, financial adviser and lenders may recommend conveyancers to select. Sometimes these conveyancers might be known to one of the organisations as one of the best in their field, but occasionally there might be a commercial relationship behind the endorsement. You are at liberty to select your own conveyancer. Don't forget that the majority of banks specify a panel list of lawyers you must use for the mortgage related work in your home move.

I need to retain a conveyancing solicitor for some conveyancing in Harlow. I happened to stumble across a web site which seems to have the perfect solution If there is a chance to get all formalities completed via phone that would be ideal. Do I need to be wary? What should out be looking out for?

As usual with these online conveyancers you need to read ALL the small print - did you notice the extra charge for dealing with the mortgage?

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