Whether you’re closing a property sale or completing a purchase, a conveyancing solicitor is needed to make sure that the transfer of ownership and other legal aspects are sorted. Finding a competent individual or firm to represent you in the transaction is not as hard to find as long as you are diligent yourself in getting as much quality referrals and searching information about your plausible choices. It only gets daunting and expensive, sometimes disastrous, if you happen to have not done your homework and chosen an incompetent conveyancer.
But first, you need to determine if you need a licensed conveyancer alone or a full-on solicitor. What’s difference? There may be as much that you need to know.
For one, a licensed conveyancer is a lawyer who dedicates his legal expertise in conveyancing processes and is a member of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. Having said, they may not be able to handle complex legal issues on the property transaction. This is where a solicitor can come in very handy.
On the other hand, a solicitor is a legal counsel who has extensive training in different aspects of the law. They offer various legal services to their clients apart from conveyancing services. They may be more expensive to hire compared to licensed conveyancers, and may have other cases in their files which could not work to your advantage, especially if you’re under a time-critical transaction.
Even though you can hire either a full-on legal counsel or a licensed conveyancer, it is evident that conveyancing requires a lot of paperwork and tasks to be accomplished. So, it is important that you hire someone who can exert effort and provide adequate time to work on your case and give you an update when needed. You can get quotes online as this may work out cheaper than your local solicitor.
Not getting a hold of your case manager and the information you need are just two of the very common frustrations that can come along, especially if you’ve chosen a large firm or a “conveyancing factory” to act on your behalf.
To make this more convenient and less stressful for you, find someone you believe to be diligent, efficient, and has a direct email and phone in case you need to regularly get an update about your case.
You also need to see to it that your conveyancer and the other party’s can effectively get in touch with each other for a smoother transaction.
Do not settle for the cheapest conveyancing services. Although you think it might save you a lot of money, not every cheap conveyancing solicitor can offer excellent services. Plus, they might just be advertising cheap upfront costs. Look for someone who can offer complete disbursement details to let you know of how much you’re going to pay upon completion of the process.
When choosing a conveyancing solicitor, there’s always the Internet and the local firms. Either can be quite suitable to what you’re expecting but there may be a number of disadvantages, too.
Online conveyancers involve services offered over the Internet and is backed up by a contact centre. Rather than directly dealing with a solicitor, you get updates from case managers or paralegals trained to have a look at the progress of your case. They also have grown for the better lately. There still seems to be a number of incompetent ones, but you can always work on finding more information to be sure.
On the other hand, a local conveyancing solicitor may come in very handy, especially if you intend to have the directly speak with you about your case, or arrange for an appointment to personally discuss the matter. Make sure you ask around for the kind of services they offer, aside from making enquiries in their office. Try to learn more about the number of cases they handled in the past, and how much they have at present to make sure your will just be as prioritised. If you feel they have too much and can’t dedicate enough time to deal with your case on a certain timeline, look for other local conveyancing solicitors by asking your friends, relatives, or looking through the Council for Licensed Conveyancers website for a list of experts within the area.
Finally, you might want to hire someone included in the mortgage lender’s panel to make sure they won’t have to hire someone to do tasks that they won’t allow your own conveyancer to complete for insurance and compliance reasons.
If you happen to have hired someone outside the panel, ask the mortgage lender what tasks they can cover and how much it would cost you if they assign someone to do the other legal aspects of the transaction. Alternatively, you may also ask them to recommend a conveyancing solicitor to work with you.
Remember that nothing beats a reasonable amount of information about the conveyancing solicitor you’re looking to hire. Whether you found them online, or through people’s recommendations, find time to know more about them to be sure you’re not entrusting your transaction to someone who may just bring in a costly disaster.