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What is a Conveyancing Solicitor

When you decide to buy a house, whether you are a first time buyer or a seasoned home buyer, you will need the help of a conveyancing solicitor to help with all the legal issues.

A conveyancing solicitor is effectively a solicitor who deals with the legal aspects of buying or selling a property. However in the UK the role of a conveyancing solicitor can also be performed by a licensed conveyancer, someone who is trained and qualified in all aspects of the law dealing with property. If you choose a licensed conveyancer over a conveyancing solicitor you should make sure they are registered with the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.

It is also worth remembering that a licensed conveyancer will only be able to help with legal issues arising from the buying of a house or the selling of a house i.e. drawing up the contract of sale and applying for the title deeds and so on, so if you have any additional legal work that you would like done at the same time, for example a pre-nuptual agreement if you are buying with a partner, then it may be worth employing a solicitor who deals with property law amongst other things as they are likely to suit your needs better.

By law you do not need to employ the services of a conveyancing solicitor or a licensed conveyancer as much of the paperwork involved can be done yourself. However this can be very time consuming especially if you are doing it yourself with little or no experience, which is why many people prefer to leave it in the hands of a qualified professional.

The other main reason for hiring a professional is that most mortgage lenders require it. The choice of who you choose to do the conveyancing on your behalf is down to you but many banks and building societies say that they need to be:

• qualified,
• part of a practice with at least two partners and
• not also representing the seller

Why not check out our listings for conveyancing solicitors and licensed conveyancers in your area to see if there’s one to suit you.

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