The services of the right solicitor can make a sale or purchase quick and stress free. However, with so many of them in the market claiming to offer the best services, one may not know how to choose the right one. There are various tips that can help you get a good solicitor.
The best solicitor should be a specialist in residential conveyancing. There are many solicitors who are general practitioners. Though they are qualified to handle your case, they might be too occupied with other general matters, and may not be available when you need them. Additionally, a specialist is more conversant with conveyancing, and may be in a better position to handle unseen problems.
Look for a specialist who gives a complete quote. This means that the quote should include all the necessary expenses, and should be free of hidden charges. Sometimes solicitors make incomplete quotes to attract clients who are looking for affordable services, only to bring in extra costs in the course of the process. Take time to look at the terms of the quote given, it is worth reading, and can save you a lot of money.
A good solicitor should offer a ‘no completion, no fee’ guarantee. This means that should the sale or purchase fail, the solicitor will not charge you any legal fees. This means that you will pay for all other fees except legal charges.
When choosing a conveyancing solicitor, hire on a fixed fee basis. Most solicitors who ask for hourly rates end up being expensive, especially if the process takes longer than expected. The fixed rate quote ensures that you pay a certain amount of money, regardless of how long the process takes.
Get a professional. A professional solicitor takes his/her work seriously, and pays attention to detail. Unprofessional solicitors, on the other hand, may overlook seemingly minor details, which may lead to costly claims. Research on the professionalism with which previous cases were handled. Chances are that yours will be treated the same.
Hire a solicitor who is good at communication. If you place an inquiry which takes two days to be replied, chances are that your case will be handled with the same retroactive attitude. Go for a solicitor who is proactive at answering queries, as this shows that they will pursue your interest just as fast.
These are just a few pointers to identifying a good conveyancing solicitors. A friend can recommend a solicitor to you, and that would be a good start. If you don’t have anyone to recommend a solicitor, you can do a quick search on the internet and gauge what you find with the above points.