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Frequently asked questions

Having problems with internet conveyancers or ‘property lawyers’?

What to do – Telephone 01282 860606 or email Colne@cs-b.co.uk today for advice.

Typical problems – Long delays, hidden extras, cannot speak to a solicitor, work to rule attitude, computer says no,

We advise on – under quoting or over charging, complaints procedures, conveyancing protocols, and relying on rules of professional conduct.

What you can achieve – Faster response, lower your costs if they are unfair or too high, provide an alternative 1 to 1 conveyancing service

1. How much will my conveyancing cost?

We operate a fee scale depending on the price of your house. Please fill in our quote form for a quote. In certain circumstances we can reduce your bill for straight forward transactions. Please ask for assistance.

2. Is the quote accurate?

Yes! Many firms provide very low quotes but do not disclose all the hidden costs in their quote. They may charge extra for checking searches for example. Unlike many firms we provide a full break down of all costs, including optional costs such as additional searches, trust deeds and new build costs. The best way to get an accurate quote is to ring and speak to a solicitor to go through all the items in the quote. You may find that the actual cost at the end will be lower than your quote.

3. What if I decide not to move house?

If your house is still on the market, but you decide to withdraw then you will not incur any costs. After sales instructions are confirmed and if the sale does not go through you may incur costs for legal advice. But, you will be given written notice and we will ask for your agreement in the form of a client care before raising a legal bill. You will need to read the marketing agreement and your legal client care which set out the circumstances which you will have to pay, and if so how much.

4. We want to make wills, can we make a joint will?

No! The law is you must make one will each. If you are married or living together then people often make identical wills with their names reversed (mirror or mutual wills). You need to decide whether your wills can be revoked in the future, or are set in stone from now on. You also need to think about what property will be included; if you own a house as joint tenants it cannot be included in the will. If you want to shares in the house to another person, you must register at the Land Registry as tenants in common and include special provisions in your will.

5. What is the best kind of Power of Attorney for my relatives to use to look after me?

Lasting powers of attorney are recommended for people who need support from their relatives. If you have memory problems or mental capacity issues an ordinary power of attorney is immediately invalid. A lasting power of attorney, which is registered, is valid regardless of the donor’s capacity or memory problems. Lasting powers are more expensive to set up, there is a large amount of documentation and a complex signing and notice procedure, but they save substantial costs and time when they are in place. If you have no capacity and no lasting power your relatives have to make an expensive court application to be appointed to deal with your affairs and take out special insurance!