What is needed is a solicitor who is an expert in Property Law, experienced in Property Law, dedicated to Property Law who will carry out the required Conveyancing efficiently and thoroughly, and does not charge the earth! A firm that will always keep you up to date and that gives you access to check the progress of your transaction 24/7. Is this possible? Yes! – Online Conveyancing. More and more solicitors are offering online Conveyancing services. The services they offer include:
- A Fixed Fee guarantee - this means that you will be told the fee for the Conveyancing at the beginning of the transaction and this fee will not change – there will be no extra legal fees added. This way you know exactly what you need to spend out in legal fees from the beginning.
- A ‘no move- no fee’ service - This means that if the transaction does not proceed to completion (for example the other party pull out) you do not have to pay any legal fees for the Conveyancing that has been carried out on your behalf. You may still have to pay for disbursements (these are fees paid out by the solicitors to third parties on your behalf for example, title deeds and Conveyancing services)
- The provision of instant online quote for the required Conveyancing.
- A case tracking system, whereby their system will email you or text you to let you know every time something happens or work at each stage of the Conveyancing for your transaction. You can also log in and find out how matters are progressing, 24/7.
- Direct contact with the solicitor responsible for carrying out the Conveyancing for your transaction, by email or telephone.
- A large amount of experience and practice in purely Conveyancing matters and Property Law.
- Often lower Conveyancing fees than the traditional High Street solicitor can offer for Conveyancing – largely because running their business online is less costly to run.
Beware of ‘Conveyancing Factories’ Beware, do not confuse a solicitors firm that offers online Conveyancing services with the ‘Conveyancing Factories’. Conveyancing Factories are largely staffed with unqualified and poorly trained staff with call centres in other countries such as India and South Africa. Although they will often appear cheaper, however you will rarely speak to the same person twice, anyone you do get to speak to will probably have very little legal expertise. The ratio of qualified staff to unqualified is very low. The system used by conveyancing factories is very rigid and often designed around the most straightforward transaction – any conveyancing matter that is out of the ordinary often causes the process at the conveyancing factories to come to a halt! Finally some of the largest conveyancing factories are owned by estate agents and may not totally have your sole interests at heart!