To be clear, this logo is a joke and after some Googling, I wasn't able to actually find a firm of solicitors unfortunate enough to have that name.
If you were hoping I would name names then I am sorry to disappoint.
Those solicitors who are the "wurst" know who they are.
Luckily, they are few and far between.
Most conveyancing solicitors these days are consummate professionals and thanks to the like of Google Reviews can easily be avoided.
This is my personal advice as to how I would select a good solicitor (and/or conveyancer) to support and act for me during a property sale or purchase.
If you're purchasing a property, your choice of solicitor is all that more important. I found this out myself first hand when buying. The solicitor in question stuck to their guns and wouldn't compromise on the information supplied by the other party. Let's just say I am thankful for their assistance and it helped me dodge a bullet on what could have been a costly mistake. Although, I hasten to add I didn't handle it with too much decorum at the time.
Moving home is a challenging and eye-opening experience for anyone and involves more paperwork than you can shake a stick at. It takes you outside of your comfort zone but as long as you have the right support; an excellent estate agent *cough* like Lyttons Estate Agents *cough*, solicitor and mortgage broker, you will find your way through without too much of a headache.
Instructing a solicitor is essential for modern day property purchasing. Even if you’re purchasing without a mortgage, I would still recommend you employ a professional to check it over.
As an estate agent, I have somewhat selfish reasons as to why I want you to employ the best solicitor/conveyancer you can. Essentially, a good solicitor is easier to work with and it’ll make my job that much easier.
What do I look for in a solicitor?
Communication. This is my No. 1 requirement for numerous reasons. If you can’t get hold of your solicitor as their fee-payer then the chances I will are even less. They won’t be able to help you with the other items on this list. I look for them to be able to communicate with me and other estate agents during sales progression, you of course and the other solicitors in the chain in a timely manner, especially by email and definitely on the days when exchange of contracts and completion takes place.
Helps you understand. This is an extension of communication but goes that one step further. I have had questions, you will have questions, we all have questions that we need help to answer. A good solicitor will explain why something is relevant to you and help you understand when our knowledge as mere estate agents is exhausted.
Attention to detail. This should go without saying, especially when you’re purchasing. You’re employing a solicitor to explore your property purchase to ensure you’re buying what you think you’re buying. If this isn’t the case, they should make you aware of it.
Value. I have used “value” in lieu of “price”. Whether a solicitor/conveyancer is “cheap” or “expensive” is determined by the service you receive and the job they have done, not the bill at the end. I have used solicitors that are the cheapest quote and did an excellent job. I have had solicitors who were the most expensive and were so difficult to get hold of, the buyer sat in their office until she was seen so that we could exchange contracts on her purchase.
In my opinion, price should never be the determining factor of who you choose to instruct.
What do you think? Have I missed anything out?
I have a number of local solicitors with whom I work with regularly and would be more than happy to recommend.
I don’t receive any referral fees for recommending them, they’re just good and they’ll make your life easier by using them.
I hope you find these tips useful and best of luck with your property sale or purchase.