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How easy is it to change a solicitor as I need to find one who is on the Ahli United Bank conveyancing panel. Is it practical to instruct different lawyers?
If you haven't yet instructed a solicitor to do anything for you and have just received quotes, you're perfectly free to choose a different solicitor to carry out your work for you. The best way is to get recommendations from friends or family who have actually used the solicitor or conveyancer you're considering.
Our conveyancer has discovered a legal deficiency with the lease for the property we are purchasing. The seller’s lawyers have suggested title insurance as a solution. We are happy with insurance and will pay for it. Our lawyer says that as he is on the Ahli United Bank conveyancing panel he must be satisfied that the lender is happy with this solution. Who is the client here, us or Ahli United Bank?
The short answer to your last question is that, notwithstanding the potential for a conflict of interest, you and Ahli United Bank are the client. A precondition to being on the Ahli United Bank approved panel is to comply with the CML Handbook requirements (last updated for this lender on Ahli United Bank). The CML Handbook conditions require your lawyer to disclose issues such as defects will the lease so that Ahli United Bank can be afforded the opportunity to check with their valuer as to the extent that the value of the property is affected . Should you refuse to allow your lawyer to make the appropriate notification then your lawyer will have no choice but to discontinue acting for you.
Your search tool is useful but there are many lawyers listed near Leeds on the Ahli United Bank conveyancing panel. It would be a lot more helpful if you could recommend a specific firm on the Ahli United Bank approved panel?
We are not in the business of recommending one firm above another as the right firm for you depends on where your priorities lie. For example you may require a local firm with local knowledge or you might be looking for the low cost conveyancing. Before you appoint your lawyer we advise you to speak to two or three of the firms listed to gain comfort as to which one is right for you..
My solicitors in Leeds have advised me that they can not locate my conveyancing file. At the time of my purchase I took out a mortgage with Ahli United Bank. Is it case that being on the Ahli United Bank conveyancing panel they need to have retained the file for a number of years?
Different lenders have different requirements but many of the Terms and Conditions of Conveyancing Panel Appointment require the file to be held for a period of 6 years. That being said we have not seen a copy of the Ahli United Bank Conveyancing Panel Terms. It might be worth you contacting Ahli United Bank directly.
I have a mortgage with Ahli United Bank. My uncle has just retired and wants to pay off my mortgage. After Ahli United Bank is paid, I want to transfer the property to my mother's name; How long does the process take? Do we need two separate solicitors on the Ahli United Bank conveyancing panel? I do not intend to live at the property once the Ahli United Bank mortgage is discharged.
Although you do need to retain the services of a lawyer they dont need to be on the Ahli United Bank panel. You will need a solicitor to draw up the transfer and to deal with the Land Registry formalities. The only thing you need to consider is that by selling at an undervalue so ask your lawyer about the implications. There could be an inheritance tax issue if you die within 7 years of this. As the property is your main residence you need not pay CGT but you should speak with your accountants in any event.
I have decided to exercise my right to buy my property off the council. I have a mortgage agreed with Ahli United Bank. Conveyancing is not something I have any knowledge of. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should use one. Any advice?
It is not advisable proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event if you are getting a mortgage with Ahli United Bank you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Ahli United Bank conveyancing panel.
I can not work out if my mortgage offer obliges me to make sure the lease term for the flat is extended prior to the completion date . I have telephoned Ahli United Bank on various occasions and was told they are content with the situation and they would lend. My solicitor - who is on the Ahli United Bank conveyancing panel- telephoned and was told not they would not lend in accordance with their CML Handbook minimum lease term requirements. I simply dont know who is right
Your lawyer has to follow the CML Handbook Part 2 requirements for Ahli United Bank. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that Ahli United Bank will go ahead your lawyer has no choice but to refrain from exchanging contract and committing you to the purchase. We would suggest that you ask Ahli United Bank to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the remaining number of years left on the lease.