Do You Need to Use a Local Conveyancing Solicitor?

Home Legal Direct: Do I Need To Use a Local Conveyancing Solicitor?

Too often homeowners and property developers are caught by estate agents when it comes to procuring a conveyancing solicitor. You’ll be told that, by using their solicitors, the process will be much easier and faster. Unfortunately, this is hardly ever the case – as the conveyancing process is standard regardless of which solicitor you choose. This article gives a short and long answer to the question: do you need to use a local conveyancing solicitor?

The Short Answer:

You don’t need to use a local conveyancing solicitor, as there are conveyancers based in London that service clients across the United Kingdom.

The Long Answer:

With a national postal service and the convenience of the internet, many processes involved in conveyancing are now performed over email and via post. In fact, it has become almost a rarity for conveyancing solicitors to request in-person meetings with clients. Some solicitors may suggest that being local is an advantage, but the only real benefit a local conveyancing solicitor is that – instead of emailing documents through – you can pop over to your solicitor’s offices and deliver them in person, however this will often mean waiting in reception for some time and will definitely mean taking time out of your day.

Choosing the Right Conveyancing Solicitor

We’re saying you don’t need to partner with a local conveyancing solicitor, but by no means are we suggesting that you use the first solicitor you find on Google! Below are a few questions you should ask your conveyancing solicitor:

  • How long have they been in business?
  • Do they have any testimonials to read?
  • What is their Feefo rating?
  • Do they offer other services like remortgaging or home insurance?
  • Do they have an online presence? (website, social media)
  • Are their solicitors regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority?
  • Do they offer 24/7 support or only during office hours?
  • If you end up not moving, do their solicitors still take a fee?
  • Are they affiliated with any other service providers?
  • Do they offer Home Buyers Protection on every purchase covering you for up to £2250 in fees spent if your buyer pulls out through no fault of your own – We know they wont!

About Home Legal Direct

Home Legal Direct offers fast & effective home transfer solutions across the United Kingdom. Our services fall into the broad categories of Conveyancing and Surveys, and we offer multiple additional services including transfer of equity, HomeBuyer reports, and home insuranceContact Home Legal Direct today and discover true home transfer convenience!

5 thoughts on “Do You Need to Use a Local Conveyancing Solicitor?

  1. I love that you presented the question ” How long have they been in the business?” because I also consider this to be an important question. My brother in law and his wife were thinking about selling her dad’s home after he passed away, and someone told them they should look into getting a reputable and experienced conveyancer. In my opinion, they should also always check references and as you mentioned, check to see if they have an online presence.

  2. I found it interesting when you said that you should ask them how long they have been in the business. My husband and I are planning on selling our home next month and we are in need of finding one. Thank you for the tips on how to choose the right conveyancer!

  3. You made a great point about how you will need to make sure they have been in the business for a while and have testimonials that are beneficial to their company. My husband and I are looking for a property solicitor to look at a property of ours. We will keep these tips in mind as we search for a professional that can help us out.

  4. It’s interesting that you said to ask about their online presence because that’s something a lot of people forget. I think it’s important because you’ll be able to see how they react with customers. What kinds of things should I look for if they do have an online presence?

  5. My parents are in the midst of finalizing the final details to purchase a property in Australia and they were advised to hire a conveyancer. So, I am appreciative that you listed a few questions for us to ask our prospective conveyancer as it helps ensure we hire the right people. I am meeting with my parents later this week, so I will remind him to ask about their ratings and reviews as well as their years of experience in the business.

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