Choosing Your Own Conveyancing Solicitor
You have just put an offer in for your dream home or had a sale agreed for your current property. The Estate Agents want to know who your solicitor is. They may even recommend someone local to you or pressure you into choosing a solicitor that they want you to instruct. You may even question can I choose my own solicitor? The answer is yes!
Selling or buying a home is an exciting time but it can be confusing, especially if you are not familiar with the process. It is therefore important that you choose a solicitor that you trust and you have confidence in and not someone who you feel you have been forced to instruct. Once you have an offer accepted on a sale or purchase you will need to notify the Estate Agents who your chosen solicitor is. Some Estate Agents or Mortgage Brokers recommend solicitors or tell you that you have to instruct their solicitor. No matter what your Estate Agent tells you, you don’t have to use their in-house service or any external companies that they recommend.
So, how do you choose a solicitor?
- It is essential to use a reliable, experienced professional who won’t let you down. Getting recommendations from friends and family, reading reviews online and having an initial chat with prospective firms is a good place to start. Our conveyancing team has a wealth of experience and will be able to answer all questions and queries that you may have from the outset.
- Look for a ‘fixed fee’ service which means that you only pay what you are quoted when you sign up. Levins Solicitors offer a fixed fee service for all conveyancing matters. There are no nasty surprises when the matter completes as we provide an ‘all inclusive’ quote from the outset.
- Don’t make your decision purely based on price. The firm you pick will be responsible for all the legal work surrounding your purchase or sale and if they make a mistake or miss anything it could end up costing you more than you saved by choosing the cheapest service. Here at Levins Solicitors we have an expert and dedicated conveyancing team who offer excellent service at competitive prices.
- Make sure that you have a dedicated fee earner. Having a single point of contact from start to finish can make the process easier and less stressful. You don’t need to spend time explaining yourself to different people and if you do have a query you’ll know exactly who you need to speak to. At Levins Solicitors each matter is assigned to a single fee earner who will handle your case from start to finish and will provide expert advice at every stage.