Do I need a conveyancing solicitors near me?

You need to find a solicitor to handle the conveyancing for your sale or purchase, however do you need to use a local solicitor, or can you choose any solicitor you like regardless of where they are based?. With the movement in technology you are no longer restricted to have to work with your local solicitor and more often than not an online conveyancing solicitor who specialises in just buying and selling property can be found. In this article we run through some of the pros and cons of working with a local or national solicitor.

If you are looking for a local solicitor in your area then please call us on 0333 344 3234 (local call charges apply) and we may be able to help you or else you can click here to find a local solicitor.

Why did you used to work with a local to your solicitor?

Before modern ID checking processes your solicitor would need to meet with you to confirm who you were as part of their money laundering and 'Know Your Client' checks. Solicitors often used to use this time to talk through the transaction with their client - a part of the service that was reflected within their fee. Nowadays, the legal process can be completed without seeing your client face to face using online ID checks and new ID process.

What are the Pros and Cons of using a solicitor near you?

The Pros of using a local conveyancing solicitor

  • You may Know your solicitor - this is a huge benefit if you know your solicitor already, especially if it is a small community where you live.
  • You can drop your documents and ID off - losing your original ID and documents is always a worry, so being able pop in to your conveyancing solicitor's office helps alleviate this issue (although with scanned ID and online ID checks the worry of loss passport is a thing of the past).

The Cons of using a local conveyancing solicitor

  • Not on your mortgage lender's panel - local law firms are often smaller with fewer principals which may exclude them from working with certain major high street solicitors. Click here to read more about which mortgage lender panels solicitors can and can't work on.
  • Taking time off from work - it isn't always easy to visit your solicitor and having to seem them 2 or 3 times during the conveyancing process may add a strain onto your work life, or may even be unachievable because you live abroad.
  • Locally inexperienced - your local solicitor may not be experienced in conveyancing and may have a better legal knowledge in an other area of law.
  • Less competition, higher prices - with less competition your local solicitor's legal fees are most likely going to cost more.

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Are local conveyancing solicitors fees more expensive?

Local or high street solicitors conveyancing costs can often be more than those of online conveyancing solicitors and there are a number of reasons why. They may handle less cases or be working on a referral arrangement with a local estate agent - read our article on being forced to use an estate agents referred solicitor

Do you really need to instruct a conveyancing solicitor near you?

Our head office is in Sunningdale, however we have helped thousands of clients move home throughout England and Wales. From our experience being local has never supported ensuring our clients have good communication, exchange quickly and pay a competitive price. If you'd like a fixed fee conveyancing quote for your move then why don't you run a free quote now and see how much you can save in costs and gain in our experience of helping clients move home.

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