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What does your conveyancing solicitor do?

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It’s very important to know what exactly an attorney does for you when you purchase (and/or sell) the home you’ve always wanted.

This is also known as conveyancing, and the complexities of it can take homeowners who are seasoned.

Conveyancing covers all legal aspects involved in transferring title of a property from the seller to a buyer. Usually, it takes about eight weeks and goes through various steps.

This guide will help you organize yourself, prepare for any unexpected surprise, and work with your conveyancing lawyer to ensure that your purchase is smooth and easy as is possible.

Why conveyancing matters

Property is expensive. Therefore, when you decide to purchase one, you must be certain of what you’re buying and to be sure that you truly have ownership in the eyes of law. If you don’t, you could end up in a disagreement over something so minor like where you park your car or even finding out that the land upon the property where your home is constructed is leased to you and nearing expiration.

While it is possible to manage conveyancing by yourself, the majority of people would prefer to hire an experienced conveyancer, typically an attorney.

Instructing your conveyancing solicitor

You’ll need to employ (‘instruct’) your conveyancing lawyer as soon as your offer for a property has been accepted and it’s an ideal idea to have several choices in mind.

Your conveyancing solicitors will give you the terms of engagement (including their fees and deposits you’ll need to pay) Then, they will get in touch with the solicitor representing your seller to get an agreement draft and required forms and other documents, including the title deeds for your property.

Leasehold or freehold?

Your solicitor will go over the draft contract and other documents to identify what needs to be further investigated. The most important thing is that together with your conveyancing lawyer must determine whether the property is leasehold or freehold.

Leasehold is the term used to describe the fact that someone else owns the land upon the property where your house is constructed and the possession of your property could be transferred to them when the lease is due to expire and not renewed.

Make sure to check the length of the lease. A lease that is less than 80 years can be a problem as is a lease with a term of less than 60 years. is better avoided completely.

Property searches

What do you not know about the property? There’s probably a lot amount of hidden information beneath your feet, metaphorically and literally . It could be anything from the obligation to pay for Church repairs (Chancel Repair Liability) to an abandoned mine beneath your property.

This is the reason your conveyancing lawyer will conduct home searches.

Certain property search requirements are legal or are required by your mortgage company. Others are simply good sense.

A search can reveal problems like the local level of risk from flooding and ground contamination and radon gas, the location of drains (which could influence plans to extend the property) as well as ground stability, and much more.

The data that is uncovered could provide you with a stronger negotiation position or prompt you to reconsider the purchase completely. In the end, it will give your peace of.

Forms and documents

While your solicitor is taking care of all the above, you have to read the documents that the seller has supplied. Particularly:

Contents and fittings form (TA10)

The following list outlines what equipment and other items are included in the sale.

You could, for instance, be lucky enough to get someone who leaves behind a quality refrigerator and cooker, or perhaps you’re lucky enough to find someone who steals everything, even curtains.

Sometimes, they’ll wish to take some thing (like an old, worn-out wardrobe) which you’d prefer you took with the rest of their belongings.

The seller shouldn’t take or leave any decision without stating it in the form (and you may contest their decisions and negotiate a price change if you want).

Form for information about property (TA6)

This includes a variety of other information regarding the property, including the boundaries, construction work done in the past and planning permissions and parking facilities, ongoing disputes with neighbors as well as current utility providers and more.

In essence, this is the complete fact-file with important information you , as a homeowner, are expected to be aware. Read it over carefully and ensure your solicitor follows the same should there be something you’re not sure about.

Once you’ve moved out, store this form safe location – you’ll require a lot of this information the next time you need to move.
If you also intend to sell an investment property

The process of selling your old house and purchasing a new one adds an additional layer of difficulty in the process of conveyancing. There is no requirement to use the same lawyer for both transactions, however it’s generally sensible to do this.

As a seller, you’ll be required to provide the forms TA6 and T10 (see the previous paragraph) and the form the TA13 (Completion details) to the solicitor of your buyer. Your solicitor will be able to advise the best way to fill in theseforms, and usually forward them to you.

Verifying the progress

Do not be afraid to contact your conveyancing attorney regularly for information on the progress of your case, and to make sure they’re not expecting anything from you.

You (or anyone else within the chain of your property) might be working limited in time as well, and chains may fall apart if the process is too long. Though nobody would want to be annoying There’s nothing wrong with asking for an update every week.

Contracts exchange

If you live in England and Wales You can exchange contracts’ once the solicitors are all confident that their research has found no issues. The deposit is usually made at this point and the contract is legally and legally binding.

For Scotland the law regarding property is different. When you buy a home, the contracts are legally obligatory at a later stage and may be executed on an “offers over” basis, a ‘fixed-price basis or a’subject survey basis.

After your home searches, forms and any surveys are completed the solicitor will be able to sign the contract.

Additionally, you will need to set up your preferred date for completion (which typically is also the date you move). This usually takes one to four weeks following an exchange of contract. It’s an important date that everyone in your organization will have to reach an agreement on So be as flexible and patient in your approach as possible.

The solicitor who you have hired will exchange contracts on behalf of you. Once this is completed you are legally bound to purchase. If you decide to opt to leave at this point you will still have to make a payment of 10% of the cost that the house is worth (this amount is typically due upon exchange, and is referred to as the deposit).


Between exchange and the completion of your transaction after which your solicitor will provide you with a final report detailing how much you will need for payment (including any mortgages you might have).

The money will have to be cleared in your bank account with your solicitor at the very least one day prior it is due to be transferred, so ensure you transfer it within plenty of time.

Keep in mind that some bank transfer could take a few days to be cleared, and take into account any delay it might take to access your savings.

Day of completion itself could be a little similar to a relay competition dependent on how long the chain.

The solicitor will transfer all pertinent funds to the solicitor of your seller and on down the chain. Once these funds have been received will the solicitor be able to confirm the sale to the estate agent. The agent is then able to release the keys.

If you’re in the upper tier of the chain of housing it could be necessary to wait for a long time for confirmation. Be sure to contact us to find out how things are going.

After the completion

You’ve now got your house But your solicitor’s work isn’t done yet. They’ll now take payment of Stamp Duty on your behalf (from the money you’ve already paid) and will send all legal documentation to Land Registry to confirm you as the new owner of the property.

The solicitor will also provide an original copy of your title documents to your mortgage company.

You are likely to receive your legal papers returned at the Land Registry within about three weeks.

It’s a long and stressful process from negotiating a winning offer to owning your own home however, the assistance of a professional solicitor could help make it much more manageable.