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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Pontefract

As I am unsure how the conveyancing bit works what is the most important number one tip you can give me about purchase conveyancing in Pontefract?

Not many law firms or advisers will tell you this but conveyancing in Pontefract or throughout West Yorkshire is an adversarial experience. In other words, when it comes to conveyancing there exists an abundance of room for confrontation between you and others involved in the transaction. E.g., the seller, property agent and even potentially the lender. Choosing a solicitor for your conveyancing in Pontefract is a critical decision as your conveyancer is your adviser, and is the ONLY party in the process whose role it is to act in your legal interests and to protect you.

Every so often a third party with a vested interest may try and sway you that you should follow their advice. As an example, the property agent may claim to be assisting by claiming that your solicitor is dragging his heels. Or your financial adviser may try to convince you to do something that is against your conveyancers guidance. You should always trust your lawyer above all other parties when it comes to the legal transfer of property.

I require fast conveyancing in Pontefract as I have pressure to complete in less than one month. Fortunately I do not need a mortgage. Is it possible to escape the need for conveyancing searches to save money and time?

As you are not obtaining a mortgage you are at free not to do searches although no law firm would suggest that you don't. With plenty of history conveyancing in Pontefract the following are examples of issues that can arise and therefore impact future mortgageability: Refused Planning Applications, Outstanding Charges, Overdue Grants, Unadopted Roads,...

Due to the advice of my in-laws I had a survey completed on a property in Pontefract in advance of instructing conveyancers. I have been informed that there is a flying freehold aspect to the property. The surveyor has said that some banks tend refuse to give a mortgage on a flying freehold home.

It depends who your proposed lender is. Bank of Scotland has different instructions from Nationwide. If you contact us we can check via the relevant lender. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can help as they are accustomed to dealing with flying freeholds in Pontefract. Conveyancing will be smoother if you use a solicitor in Pontefract especially if they are accustomed to such properties in Pontefract.

Back In 2005, I bought a leasehold house in Pontefract. Conveyancing and HSBC Bank mortgage are in place. I have received a letter from someone saying they have taken over the reversionary interest in the property. Attached was a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1994. The conveyancing solicitor in Pontefract who acted for me is not around. What should I do?

First make enquiries of the Land Registry to be sure that this person is in fact the registered owner of the freehold reversion. You do not need to incur the fees of a Pontefract conveyancing practitioner to do this as it can be done on-line for less than a fiver. Rest assured that in any event, even if this is the rightful freeholder, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.

I inherited a split level flat in Pontefract, conveyancing formalities finalised half a dozen years ago. Can you work out an approximate cost of a lease extension? Similar flats in Pontefract with a long lease are worth £181,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £55 yearly. The lease terminates on 21st October 2069

You have 51 years remaining on your lease the likely cost is going to be between £30,400 and £35,200 plus costs.

The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we cannot give you a more accurate figure in the absence of detailed investigations. Do not use this information in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There may be additional issues that need to be taken into account and clearly you want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not take any other action placing reliance on this information without first seeking the advice of a professional.

Me and my husband are FTB’s just having agreed a price on a property in Pontefract, and need to get solicitors appointed. We have utilised the numerous rating based websites and the quotes are from all across the England and Wales. Is it necessary to have a Pontefract lawyer local to our potential house? We are content to do all the communicating electronically, but I am thinking at some stage we may need to physically go into the lawyer's office to sign contracts?

The conveyancing practitioner does not have to be in Pontefract, but choosing local means that you can attend their offices if needed, for instance, if a signature is immediately necessary. Furthermore, a Pontefract solicitor have established relationships with local agents and (if the vendor has instructed a local conveyancing practitioner) with them, which will help smooth the process.

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