Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it generally take for a sale or purchase to complete?
I need to complete as quickly as possible – can you help?
How much will it cost? Just a ballpark figure.
What happens if my transaction ‘falls through’ – will I still have to pay?
What happens if I change my mind about selling my house? What if I don’t want to buy a property anymore?
What kind of information are you likely to need?
I have lost some paperwork connected to my property – what should I do?
I am selling a property to a family member. Do I still need a solicitor?
I have inherited a property. What do I need to do next?
I am getting divorced and the family home is being sold – how do I protect my interests?
I’d like to buy a flat, but it is a leasehold property. How do I know what I’m letting myself in for with sharing the costs for repairs?

How long will it generally take for a sale or purchase to complete?

We would usually anticipate a standard freehold conveyancing transaction to take 6-8 weeks. However this can be longer when dealing with a Leasehold Property.

I need to complete as quickly as possible – can you help?

We know that some property transfers need to happen more quickly than the standard 6-8 week timeframe. We do our utmost to complete all clients’ matters as soon as possible in accordance with their desired timescales. There are however, a number of third party involvements in a conveyancing transaction i.e. searches, mortgage offer etc. which affect the timescales but we will always act upon any information received promptly. Providing that the other parties involved in the transaction are equally motivated, we can usually work with our clients to meet their deadlines.

How much will it cost? Just a ballpark figure.

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What happens if my transaction ‘falls through’ – will I still have to pay?

This will be dependent on how far along the transaction has progressed and how much work has been done in relation to your matter. We always endeavour to keep our costs to a minimum and will agree figures with you before billing you.

What happens if I change my mind about selling my house? What if I don’t want to buy a property anymore?

If you change your mind about buying or selling a property, just let us know and we will stop the process immediately. We will inform the other parties promptly and deal with tying up any loose ends.

What kind of information are you likely to need?

Depending on whether you are buying a property or selling a property, we will generally need the following information when you instruct us:

– Proof of identification
– Proof of address
– Personal Details (Name, Address etc)
– Mortgage Account Details
– Any documents making up the title deeds to the property
– Certificates for any work carries out on the house e.g. guarantees, invoices
– Any planning permission or building regulation documentation relating to the property

I have lost some paperwork connected to my property – what should I do?

Don’t worry! As conveyancing professionals, we know which authorities to contact to gain copies of all relevant documentation necessary for a house sale or house purchase to take place. We can piece all the information together and where copies can’t be obtained, we can consider with you the possibility of insurances or indemnities to cover you for missing documents

I am selling a property to a family member. Do I still need a solicitor?

Yes, you do still need the services of a conveyancing professional, even if you are selling to a family member.

I have inherited a property. What do I need to do next?

If you have inherited a property contact us to arrange for the formal transfer documents to be prepared. Inheriting a property can be complicated, especially if it has been left to more than one person, so the services of a solicitor can come in very handy.

I am getting divorced and the family home is being sold – how do I protect my interests?

If you are getting divorced, it is likely that the matrimonial home may well be one of your most valuable assets. We can protect you by ensuring that your name is entered on the register of title deeds. Within our firm, we also have expert divorce lawyers so you can bring your divorce and property law requirements all under one roof. Very often we represent people who are separating from a partner or getting divorced, including dividing and/or disposing of assets such as property and they often find that having one law firm to deal with all aspects means that their best interests can be represented throughout. Feel free to discuss any of these issues with us and we will help you plan for the present and the future.

I’d like to buy a flat, but it is a leasehold property. How do I know what I’m letting myself in for with sharing the costs for repairs?

If you are buying a leasehold property, it’s imperative that a solicitor looks at the lease as this forms the contract between you and the landlord as to the duties and responsibilities of either side. You should also be supplied with accounts so you can assess expenditure to date, as well as taking into account management fees and what this money is used for – all of this will help you budget after completion. A solicitor will be able to advise you accordingly on all matters connected to buying a leasehold property and it is well worth seeking this opinion so that you can have the assurance that the leasehold properties are run properly.

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