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Instructing Your Conveyancing Solicitor

It’s very important to know what exactly an attorney does for you when you purchase (and/or sell) an apartment.

This is also known as conveyancing and the complexity of it can take experienced homebuyers off guard.

Conveyancing covers all formalities of transferring title of a property from an owner to a purchaser. Usually, it takes about eight weeks, and includes various steps.

This walk-through will assist you to prepare yourself, anticipate any unexpected surprise, and work with your conveyancing attorney to ensure that your purchase is as easy and quick as you can.

Why conveyancing matters

Property is expensive. Therefore, when you decide to purchase one, you must ensure that you know exactly the property you’re purchasing and also that you actually have ownership in the eyes of law. If you don’t, you could be in a tense conflict over something minor as the place you park your vehicle – or even finding out that the land upon which your home is situated is leased to you and close to expiring.

Although it’s possible to do conveyancing by yourself, the majority of people would prefer to work with an experienced conveyancer, typically an attorney.

Instructing your conveyancing solicitor

You’ll have to engage (‘instruct’) your conveyancing lawyer as soon as you have made an offer for a property has been accepted It’s an ideal idea to have several choices in mind.

Your solicitor will send you conditions of engagement (including their fees as well as the deposits you’ll need to pay) They will call the solicitor of your seller to request an initial contract as well as the necessary forms and documents, like the title deeds for your property.

Leasehold or freehold?

Your solicitor will go over the draft contract and other documents to determine what should be further investigated. In the end, both you and the conveyancing lawyer must determine whether the property is leasehold or freehold.

Leasehold refers to the fact that a third party owns the land upon which your home is situated which means that title to the land could be transferred to them when the lease ends and is not renewed.

Check the duration of any lease. Anything less than 80 years could be problematic as is a lease with a term of less than 60 years. is the best way to avoid it altogether.

Property searches

What do you not know about the property? There’s a good chance that there’s a amount of hidden information beneath your feet, literally as well as literally – everything from the obligation to make a contribution to local repair to the church (Chancel Repair Liability) to an abandoned mine that lies beneath your property.

These risks are the reason why your conveyancing solicitors are required to conduct home searches.

Certain property searches are required by law or are required by your mortgage lender. Some are just common sense.

The search may reveal issues including the local degree of risk from flooding as well as ground contamination and radon gas, the location of drains (which may impact plans to extend the property) as well as ground stability, and much more.

Also, the information you gather could provide you with a stronger negotiation position or prompt you to reconsider the purchase completely. It will at least give the buyer peace of mind.

Forms and documents

While your solicitor is taking care of all the above, you have to read the documents that the seller has given you. Particularly:

Contents and fittings form (TA10)

The following list outlines what items and fittings are included in the sale.

You could, for instance, be lucky enough to get someone who leaves behind a great fridge and cooker – or you may be unfortunate enough to get one who will take everything, including curtains.

Sometimes, they’ll decide to let go of some thing (like an old worn out wardrobe) which you’d prefer you took with you.

The seller shouldn’t take or leave any decision without being clear on the form (and you are able to challenge their decision and attempt to revise the price if you’d like).

Form for information about property (TA6)

This includes a variety of information on the property, including boundaries, previous building work and planning permissions parking facilities, ongoing disputes with neighbors or current utilities suppliers, and more.

In essence, this is the complete facts-file that contains important information homeowners are required to be aware of. Read it over carefully and ensure your solicitor follows the same should there be something you’re not sure about.

Once you’ve moved out, store this form in a secure area – you’ll need a lot of this information the next time you need to move.
If you also intend to sell the property

The process of selling your old house and buying a new one can add an additional layer of difficulty for the transfer process. It is not necessary to employ the same lawyer for both transactions, however it’s generally sensible to do it.

As a seller, it is your responsibility to be required to provide the forms TA6 and T10 (see below) and the form the TA13 (Completion details) to the solicitor of your buyer. Your solicitor can guide your on the correct way to fill out theseforms, and usually forward them to you.

Monitoring the progress

Do not be afraid to contact your conveyancing attorney regularly for information on the progress of your case, and to make sure they’re not expecting anything from you.

You (or another person within the chain of your property) could be operating in a time-bound situation and chain structures can fall apart if the process is too long. While nobody would want to be annoying There’s no harm in requesting periodic updates.

Contracts exchange

For England and Wales In England and Wales, you can ‘exchange contracts’ after the solicitors are all confident that their research has revealed no problems. Deposits are typically made at this point and the contract is legally legal.

The law in Scotland the law regarding property is different. When you buy a home, the contracts are legally obligatory at a later stage and may be executed on an “offers over” basis, a fixed price basis or a’subject survey basis.

After your home searches, forms and any surveys are completed the solicitor will be able to sign the contract.

It is also necessary to agree on the date you would like to complete (which typically is also your move date). It is typically one to four weeks following an exchange of contract. This is also a date that all in your organization will have to agree on So be as flexible and patient that you are.

Your solicitor will swap contracts on behalf of you. Once this is completed you are legally bound for the acquisition. That means that even if you decide to withdraw at this point it is still necessary to make a payment of 10% of the worth that the house is worth (this amount is typically transferred at the time of exchange, which is the deposit).


Between exchange and the completion of your transaction after which your solicitor will provide you with a final report detailing how much you will need for payment (including any mortgages you may have).

The amount will need to be cleared in your bank account with your solicitor at least one day prior to making sure that you transfer it on time. of time.

Keep in mind that some bank transfer can take a while to be cleared, and take into account any delay it might take to access your savings.

Day of completion itself could be a little as a relay event according to how long the chain.

The solicitor will transfer all pertinent funds to the solicitor of your seller and on down the chain. Once these funds have been received will the solicitor be able to confirm the sale to the estate agent. The agent is then able to release the keys.

That means that if you’re higher in the chain of housing and you are in the upper tier, you might have to wait a long time to receive this confirmation. Don’t be afraid to call to find out how things are going.

After the completion

You’ve now got your house But your solicitor’s work isn’t done yet. They’ll be able to pay Stamp Duty on your behalf (from the funds you’ve already paid) and then send all legal documentation to Land Registry to confirm you as the new owner of the property.

Your solicitor will also forward copies of title deeds your mortgage company.

You are likely to receive your legal papers returned through the Land Registry within about three weeks.

It’s a long and stressful road from negotiating a winning offer to owning your house with the assistance of a professional solicitor could make the process much simpler.