What does your solicitor actually do?
A broad outline of the service your solicitor provides is as follows:
For the seller
- Obtain all the title deeds.
- Prepare the sale contract which contains all the terms and conditions of the transaction.
- Provide detailed information (excluding structural details) in response to enquiries made on behalf of the buyer (pre-contract enquiries).
- Arrange for the preparation, approval and signing of all necessary property transfer documents.
- Deal with all financial aspects of the sale – including mort gage redemption.
- Liaise with all parties to co-ord inate the timing of the sale.
For the buyer
- Check thoroughly the sale contract and amend where necessary.
- Peruse and check all legal documents affecting the property (including the lease, if a leasehold property).
- Investigate planning and other local matters concerning the property with the Local Authority.
- Raise all relevant enquiries relating to the property, including any particular points specifically raised by the clients.
- Advise on relevant points in the survey report and negotiate and ensure that any agreement concerning repairs etc. is covered in the contract.
- Check through the mortgage offer and deal with the special conditions.
- Deal with all financial aspects, including the mortgage. If relevant, deal with payment of the stamp duty.
- Register ownership at HM Land Registry.
- Lodge Deeds with the Lender and of course ensure that the clients are kept fully informed at all stages of the transaction.