Lots of people buy and sell property on a daily basis, but in order to ensure the process is smooth, legal, and everything goes as agreed between the buyer and seller, the involvement of a middleman – more formally, a property solicitor – is of paramount importance. As with the sale of anything which requires the exchange of a large sum of money, trust between the involved parties is crucial to a seamless transaction process, which is where property solicitors become recommended.

What Do Property Solicitors Do?

The process of transferring a property from the seller to the buyer, known as conveyancing, requires certain checks to be run on the buyer and seller as a means of ensuring their legitimacy, as well as the preparation of legal documents. These documents are necessary should there be any complications throughout the transaction process, for example, tasks for the property solicitor can involve such things as making sure the seller has the legal rights to sell the house, is not concealing something which could prevent future re-sale or mortgaging of the house and, although perhaps obviously, is the genuine owner of the property.

It is important to note that property solicitors do not just deal with the exchange of real property, also referred to as ‘immovable property’, for example, houses and real estate, but also personal property, otherwise known as ‘movable property’, that is, property which can be moved between two locations, for example, vehicles.

What Factors Should I Consider When Hiring A Property Solicitor?

There are two main factors to deliberate over when looking for the right property solicitor. The primary factor to consider is the solicitor’s reputation. Questions such as ‘How long have they been operating?’ and ‘How many satisfied clients have they had in the past?’ are natural things to research before making your decision. Buying or selling a property can be daunting and stressful, and having a solicitor who is hard to deal with, whether it is because they are not adept at their job or just simply slow at dealing with your business, is the last thing you want to be concerned about in such a process.

The secondary factor, which could perhaps be thought of as the primary factor for some people, depending on their financial situation, is how much the solicitor will charge you for his or her services. You should ascertain and agree on how you will be charged and what sort of pricing region the total charge will fall in. These charges can differ from firm to firm and it is therefore advisable to compare multiple firms before making your final decision.

Where Should I Go To Find The Right Person?

When it comes to hiring a professional to carry out the necessary work for you, there are two options. You can either hire a licensed conveyancer or a solicitor. A licensed conveyancer deals specifically with conveyancing and cannot advise you of things which are not to do with property law, whereas a solicitor has a wider scope and can help you with issues not just related to property law.

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