Your conveyancer is your legal representative when buying or selling your property in the UK. Your Conveyancer is responsible for drafting all the legal documents on your sale and is responsible for ensuring you have a ‘Clean’ Legal title to buy with no nasty surprises further down the line. Your conveyancer should be an expert in their field and will be dedicated to ensuring that the property you are selling or buying goes through without a hiccup. Your conveyancer also wears a second hat during purchasers with lenders involved as they must also ensure the property is suitable for lending purposes.
On purchasers whereby a client is obtaining a mortgage, your conveyancer also acts for the mortgage company. Though they are not there to ensure either to either party the property is structurally sound or to satisfy any non legal based questions, your conveyancer is nevertheless an important bridge between everyone. The lender relies on your conveyancer to ensure there are not any issues that could compromise their security, a mainstream example of which is the doubling ground rent issue. Your conveyancer is there to make sure all parties proceed to completion in a timely and secure fashion without compromising you or your lenders legal position.
Most people when they are buying or selling a house will immediately think of their local conveyancing solicitors, usually in the square or high street of the town they grew up in. Their parents used them, so did their friends and you went to school with the receptionist. However, are local conveyancing solicitors the right choice for you and are there other options? Yes there are! As opposed to using your local conveyancing solicitors have you thought about online based conveyancers, or are perhaps tempted by the solicitors firm based hundreds of miles away? The good news is that so much of the process these days can be handled remotely there is no longer a need to rely on your local conveyancing solicitors.
Your local Conveyancing Solicitor – The pro’s and the con’s
Your local conveyancing solicitor will usually offer a more bespoke level or service, they tend to be established high street firms with an established client base in that area, they often develop excellent working relationships with local estate agents and know other local conveyancing solicitors (if your town is large enough!) having worked on so many matters over the years. A non local firm does not offer this, but may be cheaper, more tech savvy or offer other incentives to sweeten any potential instruction. Always bear in mind the cost vs the service and balance them accordingly.
What are conveyancers and why do we need them?
Conveyancing is primarily the transaction of a property within the UK, solicitors and licensed conveyancers offer conveyancing services for firms up and down the country and it has become a staple of most practices. Top conveyancing services in the UK can include drafting of individual documentation (for example, a deed of trust or a statutory declaration) and some firms in the UK will offer this alongside their usual conveyancing services to ensure a ‘one stop shop’ approach to any given transaction.
Estate agents can sometimes now offer conveyancing services as well by either being in partnership with an established firm of lawyers or creating their own. Some firms are now dedicated to only providing conveyancing services as opposed to it being a supplement to a law firm which could handle a vast array of different legal requirements.
You can get in touch with leading conveyancing services such as AVRillo who are the top conveyancing solicitors in Oxford.
Which conveyancing service is best for me?
Generally, the more specific an individual company is the greater the level of conveyancing services you will receive. These experts will be able to tailor your conveyancing services to meet your requirements and have dedicated their career to one specific branch of law. Do not believe that just because you have a solicitor who dealt with a myriad of different positions in law that they will be better suited to handle your transaction. As with anything, the quality of your conveyancing services will also depend on how much you are willing to pay for that service. Remember, cheaper is not always better.