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Examples of recent questions relating to the Scottish Widows Solicitor Panel
Much to my surprise I have been told by my IFA that my lawyer is not on the Scottish Widows Solicitor panel. How can I be certain that this is indeed the case?
The first thing you need to do is to contact your conveyancer. It is reasonable to expect your lawyer to advise you of the situation. If they are not on the panel they may recommend you to a firm that is on the conveyancing panel for Scottish Widows.
Expecting to move into my new home next Monday. My conveyancing lawyer has asked me to provide him with a copy of the building insurance for the house as he says that he has to check this in has capacity as lawyer for Scottish Widows. What does the insurance need to cover?
All property lawyers on the Scottish Widows conveyancing panel would need to check that the following risks are covered fire; lightning; aircraft; explosion; earthquake; storm; flood; escape of water or oil; riot; malicious damage; theft or attempted theft; falling trees and branches and aerials; subsidence; heave;landslip;collision;accidental damage to underground services;professional fees, demolition and site clearance costs; and public liability to anyone else. There are some other issues such as the level of excess that are set out in Scottish Widows’s Part 2 requirements of the CML Handbook (last updated on Scottish Widows). Being on the Scottish Widows conveyancing panel your lawyer is expect to follow these requirements.
Your search tool is useful but there are many lawyers listed near Manchester on the Scottish Widows conveyancing panel. Can you recommend a specific firm on the conveyancing panel for Scottish Widows ?
We do not recommend specific firms 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. We recommend that you speak to 3 or 4 lawyers listed before you make your choice..
The firm that just started acting on my purchase in Hendon has suddenly shut down. I chose them because I had to have a lawyer on the Scottish Widows conveyancing panel and my preferred lawyer was not. I gave them a cheque for £150 in advance. What are my options?
If you have an estate agent involved then inform them immediately so that they advise the vendors that there may be a slight delay due to reasons beyond your control. Most sellers would be sympathetic and urge their lawyer to send a new set of papers to your new solicitors. You should appoint new lawyers that are on the Scottish Widows conveyancing panel and notify the lender. If you have paid over any money it will hopefully be held by the SRA as money in an intervened firm's bank accounts is transferred to the SRA. Then, the SRA or the intervention agent looks at the intervened firm's accounts to work out who the money belongs to. To claim your money you will need to contact the SRA. If the SRA cannot return money you are owed from the firm's bank accounts, or if they can only return part of the money, you can apply to the Compensation Fund for a grant. Your new solicitors may be able to assist
Can I be sure that the solicitor on the Scottish Widows panel is any good?
obtaining recommendations is a good starting point. Before you go ahead check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more will often provide a better service than one which is cheap as chips. We would always advocate that you speak with the lawyer carrying out your transaction
Two weeks ago we had a mortgage agreed in principle with Scottish Widows. Solicitors have been instructed? What is the average time that one could expect to receive a mortgage offer from Scottish Widows?
Some lenders take longer than others. Have Scottish Widows done the survey? Have you advised Scottish Widows as your lawyers details and checked that your lawyer is on the Scottish Widows conveyancing panel? sometimes it can take as long as six weeks for a mortgage offer to be issued
Scottish Widows have agreed my mortgage in principle, my offer on house has been accepted, now what?
The estate agent will want to know who your solicitors are (make sure these solicitors are on the lenders panel). Call up Scottish Widows or your broker and complete any relevant paperwork. Scottish Widows will tell you what documents they want. Scottish Widows will instruct a valuer. The valuer will get in touch with the estate agent or seller to book an appointment. Once conducted (assuming no problems) it takes about week to get a mortgage offer. Scottish Widows will issue the offer to you and your lawyer. The transaction will then take it’s course according the nature and complexity of the conveyancing.