For anyone who is about to enter into the field of buying and/or selling a property, it can be quite a challenging knowing how to choose a firm of good conveyancing solicitors. There are so many firms out there offering property conveyancing services and – from the outside at least – all their offerings seem to be very much the same. However, there are differences between the various firms of conveyancing solicitors and there are a few important points to bear in mind when looking into how to choose a good conveyancing solicitor.
The large firms are not necessarily the best. Whilst most firms of solicitors will offer conveyancing services of some sort, not all are particularly dedicated to this type of law. For some of the larger firms – perhaps those more focused on corporate matters for example – conveyancing may simply be an add-on to the business. If you opt for a large firm, where your conveyancing solicitor may also be involved in a large number of other transactions, or in transactions that are particularly time consuming, you may find that you receive a less devoted service than from a dedicated firm of conveyancing solicitors.
Personal recommendations can be extremely useful when it comes to choosing good conveyancing solicitors. No matter how many good reviews a solicitor has on paper, it simply doesn’t compare to a good report from someone you know and trust who has actually worked with that solicitor and can vouch for their transaction expertise.
Choose someone you like, or at least that you instinctively trust. Conveyancing is one of the biggest transactions that you are likely to handle in your life and – especially if there are any issues – you want to feel like your conveyancing solicitor is on your side.
Avoid the inexperienced and overworked. It is a difficult balance trying to locate conveyancing solicitors who are good enough, and have the experience you need for your transaction, without being so good that everyone is using them. The disadvantage of a busy conveyancing solicitor is that they might be too busy to speak to you when you have questions, and the disadvantage of inexperience is the potential lack of knowledge when it comes to answering your questions. Avoiding inexperienced solicitors and those who are overworked is the best way to make sure you end up getting a solid conveyancing service.