To help things go as smoothly as possible, here are four steps to getting the best out of your solicitor.
1. Do your solicitor research
The first step is to find the best solicitor possible, and the easiest way to do that is to ask friends and family for a recommendation.
If they can’t help you, ask your mortgage lender or broker, or even your estate agent, for suggestions.
Make sure your chosen solicitor is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales or the Law Society of Scotland. And then set up a face-to-face meeting to check you’re completely happy with your choice.
2. Make regular phone calls
Once you’ve found a solicitor to guide you through the buying process you may think the hard work is done, but it’s actually further down the line that you may encounter trouble.
It’s often the case that solicitors will do everything they can to get your business, but once you sign on the dotted line you may suddenly stop hearing from them so often.
So make regular phone calls to your solicitor to keep track of what’s going on and to make sure things are going smoothly. By picking up the phone, your solicitor will be reminded of you and it’s likely that things will get processed more quickly.
Also, if you’re buying a house in Scotland, it’s your solicitor who will have to make the offer for you, so you need to be in regular contact to make sure they’re pushing your offer through.
3. Remember, you’re paying them
Throughout the home buying process many people start to feel like their ‘happily ever after’ is entirely in somebody else’s hands.
However, when it comes to your solicitor, you’re the one who’s in control. Don’t lose sight of the fact you’re paying their salary - they’re obliged to answer your questions and keep you informed. Contact them whenever you need to and don’t take no for an answer.
4. Complain if you’re having problems
If you’re having real difficulties with your solicitor, it might be time to contact a senior partner.
Making contact with a senior partner means you can flag any poor service you feel you’ve received and ensure that someone attends to your case.
Although it may seem like a drastic step, it’s the best way to make sure your purchase goes ahead as quickly as possible.
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