The first question you’ll be asked when you put in an offer on a property is the name and contact details of your solicitor or licensed conveyancer.
Conveyancing is the legal term for transferring ownership of property, if you’re buying or selling.
A solicitor or conveyancer will:
- handle contracts
- give legal advice
- carry out local council searches
- deal with the Land Registry, and
- transfer the money to pay for your property.
It’s an important role, so choose carefully.
Solicitors are usually more expensive than conveyancers and are qualified lawyers, so they can offer a full range of legal services.
Licenced conveyancers are specialised in property but can’t deal with complex legal issues.