Conveyancing is a complicated procedure. If you think you can manage it on your own, it’s time to think twice. Just read the definition of conveyancing provided on Wikipedia. It is defined there as, “… the transfer of legal title of property from one person to another, or the granting of an encumbrance such as a mortgage or a lien… A typical conveyancing transaction contains two major landmarks: the exchange of contracts (whereby equitable title passes) and completion (whereby legal title passes). Conveyancing occurs in three stages: before contract, before completion and after completion.”
Are you convinced that you understand every word in the definition? Also imagine pages and pages and pages full of legalese that is definitely more complicated than this. Yes, it’s time to get professional help. The question that comes up now, is who you should ask for help. You can choose between a Conveyancing Solicitor and a Licensed Conveyancer.
The first step in choosing a conveyancing professional is to check out their credentials. Your conveyancing solicitor should be recognized by the Quality Conveyancing Scheme of the Law Society while your licensed conveyancer should be recognised by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. In addition to checking out the credentials, make an informed decision about which professional to use. Both are qualifies to do the same job for you, so pick either based on their conveyancing experience and the experience of their firm.
When you’re in the process of zeroing in on a conveyancing professional, don’t forget to compare fee structures. Make sure you know what processes are covered by the amount you’re paying and which ones are not. Also, don’t forget to ask about any unlikely expenses that may crop up and how much those might cost too.
Now, when you get to the stage of comparing quotes, give the online tools a try. With the help of a computer and an internet connection you’ll be able to get a free conveyancing quote the first time around from some websites while many other websites will offer you various deals. The best thing however is that you will be able to access your progress 24 x 7 online and also get a quick reply from your conveyancing professional, sometimes within 24 hours of sending in your query.
So what do you think? How will you carry out your conveyancing solicitor comparison? Will you go with a conveyancing solicitor or a licensed conveyancer? Do let us know in the comments section below. Also if you have any queries on this topic, or any conveyancing experiences to share, feel free to write to us.