CHOOSING THE RIGHT SOLICITOR FOR YOUR CONVEYANCING
By Craig Ward, Spire Solicitors LLP- 01953 606351
Buying a house is a daunting prospect and will undoubtedly be the largest financial commitment that the majority of us will undertake in our lifetime. Home buying is also a very stressful time for all parties involved, so it is essential to choose the right conveyancing solicitor to support you throughout the process. When you are choosing your conveyancing solicitor, there are 5 key factors to consider, which we have summarised below:-
Price – You should be cautious of firms who quote very low prices. It is more than likely that ‘hidden extras’ will have been omitted from their price and whilst it is tempting to choose a solicitor on price alone (especially when budgeting to buy a property) you should consider whether you will receive a service in line with your expectations. The cheapest solicitor is unlikely to be the most effective.
Service – It is important to look at the level of service you will receive. We recommend that you ask lots of questions to find out the seniority of the person dealing with your file, how knowledgeable the staff are and the resources with which they have to work. Ask to speak with the person who would manage your property transaction to see if you are able to build a rapport.
Location – Where your legal advisor is based is a vital consideration when choosing a solicitor. Whilst the majority of dealings can be conducted over the phone and email there is no substitution for a solicitor who has knowledge of the local area and is on hand to see you face-to-face to address any queries you may have.
Qualifications – Solicitors who are able to demonstrate high standards of work, as tested by the Law Society are able to become part of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme. Firms who have achieved this level of recognition will show the CQS logo and you will tend to find that these firms are also on the majority of mortgage lender panels.
Recommendation – If you have never used a solicitor before then a recommendation from a friend or family member is an excellent place to start, as well as being a good indicator of quality.
You should also be able to find client testimonials posted on your solicitor’s website. Choosing the right conveyancing solicitor is something which requires thorough research and consideration. At Spire Solicitors LLP we pride ourselves as being able to provide a cost-efficient and personal service, combined with high levels of professionalism for all of our clients. We welcome any opportunity to speak with you regarding your conveyancing needs.
If you wish to discuss further please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01953 606351.