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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Lewes

Recently been in touch with my conveyancing solicitor in Lewes who conducted the legals 18 months ago asking for a conveyancing estimate based on the same type of house sale & purchase (a leasehold residence and a freehold premises) of similar values with a home loan from Bank of Ireland. I am now being charged double. Am I right to be tempted to shop around for a cheaper internet conveyancer?

The estimate does seem a little overpriced. Where you are willing to invest time comparing quotes you could decrease the fees marginally by perhaps a hundred pounds. That being said, providing that you were happy with the legal work the firm gave you couldcome to regret choosing an a cheaper conveyancer. Remember to be sure that the solicitor can represent Bank of Ireland. You can utilise our search tool to get a quote a Lewes conveyancing firm on the Bank of Ireland approved list of lawyers, which can often include conveyancing solicitors in Lewes.

Last November we completed a house move in Lewes. We have since encountered a number of issues with the property which we believe were omitted in the conveyancing searches. Is there anything we can do? Can you clarify the nature of searches that needed to have been ordered as part of conveyancing in Lewes?

The question is not clear as to the nature of the problems and if they are unique to conveyancing in Lewes. Conveyancing searches and investigations undertaken during the buying process are supposed to help avoid problems. As part of the legal transfer of property, a seller answers a questionnaire referred to as a Seller’s Property Information Form. answers ends up being inaccurate, you may have a misrepresentation claim against the seller for any losses that you have suffered. The survey should have identified any problems with the structure of the property. Assuming a detailed survey was carried out and the issues were not identified, you may have a claim against the surveyor. However, if you did not have a full survey, you may be responsible for fixing any defects that have now been noted. We would always encourage buyers to take every possible step to ensure they are completely aware of the condition of a property before purchase regardless of whether they are buying in Lewes.

In what way does my ID and proof of funds have anything to do with my conveyancing in Lewes? Is this really necessary?

In order to comply with Money Laundering Regulations any Lewes conveyancing firm will require proof of identity in all conveyancing transactions. This is usually satisfied by provision of a passport and an original bank statement or utility bill showing your correct address.

Under Money Laundering Regulations, conveyancing solicitors are duty bound to ascertain not simply the identity of conveyancing clients but also the origin of monies that they receive in respect of any matter. Refusal to disclose this will result in your solicitor cancelling their relationship with you, as clearly this will cause a conflict between the set Regulations and a refusal to disclose.

Your property lawyers are duty bound to make a disclosure to the appropriate authorities should they believe that any amounts received by them may contravene the Money Laundering Regulations.

My property lawyer in Lewes is not listed on the National Westminster Bank Solicitor Panel. Is it possible for me to use my family solicitor notwithstanding that they are excluded from the National Westminster Bank panel?

The limited options open to you here include:

  1. Carry on with your existing Lewes lawyers but National Westminster Bank will need to instruct a lawyer on their list of acceptable firms. This will result in additional overall legal fees as well as cause frustration.
  2. Get a new solicitor to to deal with the purchase, not forgetting to check they are Persuade your lawyer to use their best endeavours to join the National Westminster Bank conveyancing panel

I have recentlyfound out that Arc property Solicitors have been shut down. They conducted my conveyancing in Lewes for a purchase of a leasehold flat 9 months ago. How can I check that the property is registered correctly in the name of the previous owner?

The quickest way to check if the premises is registered to you, you can make a search of the land registry (£3.00). You can either do this yourself or ask a law firm to do this for you. If you are not registered you can seek help from one of a number of Lewes conveyancing specialists.

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