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You and your Solicitor

Finding a solicitor
The best way to find a solicitor is by personal recommendation.

Ask around your contacts about solicitors they have used and how satisfied they were with the service. Phone a selection and see how helpful they are and how they treat you.
If any of them refuse to talk to you on the phone and tell their secretary to tell you 'We don't discuss fees over the phone', mark their entry in the phone book so you will never ever be tempted to contact them again. Yes, this does still happen occasionally and you are entitled to think that this is indicative of their attitude to clients in general.

A solicitor is in a competitive business just like all the other professionals you will deal with, you will be paying for his/her services and you deserve to be treated with respect. They should be prepared to discuss the service they offer with you and the likely level of fees. You will quickly be able to gauge whether or not he or she is someone you can do business with.

Solicitors fees

The standard fee has traditionally been 1% of the purchase price. However, with the rapid increase in property prices over recent years, you will find solicitors more willing to negotiate a fixed fee.

But remember, the object of the exercise is not necessarily to find the cheapest solicitor in town. It should be the best combination of price and service.

Having narrowed your choice down to two or three, visit them to explain what you need and to obtain a firm quote, in writing. They should also explain the sale process to you. You will now be in a position to make your final choice.

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Instructing a solicitor

Instructing a solicitor

Most solicitors are competent at processing paper within the legal system, which is generally what you need.

However, many leave a lot to be desired when it comes to proactively advising their clients. If there's something you're not sure about, ask what your options are, listen to the advice - but make up your own mind!
Then instruct your solicitor accordingly.

Above all, remember that you are the client and you are employing a solicitor to do what you want - not what he or she wants or thinks best. Evaluate their advice but don't necessarily accept it as right.
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