When buying a house you will need a Solicitor to carry out the conveyancing for you. When you make an offer on a house, the estate agent will ask for your solicitors name so they can inform the seller’s solicitor. It is good practice to arrange a solicitor before you start looking for a house. This means you can choose a solicitor at your own pace, and then will be prepared if you want to make an offer on a property.
You should ensure that the solicitor you choose is qualified in conveyancing, as it is a specialist area of law. If the solicitor you choose is in England or Wales, they should also be registered with the Society of Law. Scotland has its own organisation. The actions that a solicitor will carry out will be :
- Local Search Fee
- Land Charges Search Fee
- Land Registry Fees
- Stamp Duty
The best way to find potential solicitors is by personal recommendation. Ask around friends and family for solicitors they would recommend for having a good service.