When should I instruct a conveyancing solicitor?




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    When should I instruct a conveyancing solicitor?
    October 11, 2021

    The process of buying or selling a property can be overwhelming and confusing. With so many different things to consider, knowing how it works and what you can expect at every stage can help ensure everything progresses smoothly. In this blog, we take a look at one of the most common questions for anyone moving home – when should you instruct a conveyancing solicitor?

    When should I instruct a conveyancing solicitor?

    There’s no clear-cut answer as to when you should appoint your solicitor, but many people assume you don’t need to do this until your offer on a property has been accepted. This isn’t necessarily the case. If you’ve already put your home on the market or are actively looking to purchase a property, there’s no reason not to appoint your conveyancing solicitor before your offer is accepted.

    Why should I instruct a solicitor early?

    Get ahead with the admin

    When you first instruct a solicitor there is some essential admin that needs to take place before they can begin to act for you – including identification checks, proof of funds and credit checks. They will also produce an initial letter and terms and conditions document outlining their services and the individuals who will be handling your transaction. Having all of this approved prior to an offer could shave one to two weeks off the length of the conveyancing process.

    Demonstrate your intent to buy

    If you’re buying a property, letting your estate agent know you’ve already appointed a conveyancing solicitor when putting in an offer, shows that you’re committed, increasing the chances that your offer will be taken seriously. This may also give you an advantage over another interested party if the seller is in a hurry to move.

    Gives you time to gather the property information

    From a seller’s perspective, you’ll be required to source and provide a number of legal documents as part of your transaction. It can take weeks to get this paperwork together and fill in lengthy property information forms. If you appoint your solicitor early, they can begin assembling this documentation, so that by the time an offer is made it will be ready to forward to the buyer straight away.


    At Marsons Solicitors, our skilled team of experienced conveyancers are here to help relieve the stress involved in buying and selling. We recognise that in property transactions time is critical, and it can be frustrating if you are not kept informed – we make sure you’re updated every step of the way and are available so you can talk to us whenever you need to.

    We are members of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), which provides a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing and is assessed annually. Find out more about our conveyancing services here or call us on 020 8313 1300 to discuss your property.

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    The information contained in this article is intended for general guidance only. It provides useful information but it is not a substitute for obtaining legal advice as the articles do not take into account specific circumstances. So do please Contact US for legal advice on the issues raised.