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Conveyancing in Dorset Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/17

Some useful local public service information

The closest airport to Dorset is Bournemouth International Airport. The nearest station to Dorset is Weymouth, almost 3 miles away.

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Dorset points of interest

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Portland Bill Lighthouse, Portland Castle English Heritage and Portland St George Churches Conservation Trust are near to Dorset.

The nearest hospital is Portland Castletown.

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What are the best rates for conveyancing for a £521,000 house?

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Many conveyancers claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing', but extra fees are frequently hidden in the terms. Busy, stressed buyers and sellers ignore these terms at their peril. Extras should be fair.

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The vendor has added unsympathetic doors on the maisonette which we think may break Gillingham conservation area rules.

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A solicitor is required to confirm whether the property is affected by a designated conservation area and whether any alterations have the appropriate consents from the North Dorset planning authority. In the absence of any the necessary permissions the solicitor will inform you of the options, which include seeking from the planning authority or obtaining an indemnity policy.

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Do you need to get a chancel search? We are buying a Dorset residence close to parsonage grounds.

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Where land in Dorset was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to pay for maintenance of an old church building. As a consequence of a recent Act, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013. Your solicitor will suggest an appropriate indemnity policy to address chancel liability.

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Should we make use of the lawyer offered by our local agent?

Agent referrals are a not uncommon path for purchasers to get a solicitor, however, such referrals need to be weighed up against alternatives, as an agent may select the firm which pays to the largest referral fee, not the best solicitor for your needs.

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Doing ones own conveyancing without instructing a conveyancer in Dorset is becoming possible when buying a maisonette , but would it be insensible ?

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Should you wish to try you can feasibly engage in the majority of the legal work without using an experienced conveyancer in Dorset. In reality however, a conveyancer in Dorset juggles a large array of functions including chasing notices/share certificates or locating planning docs some of which are more safely handled with appropriate adequate training.

More importantly DIY lawyers will not have the applicable cover that every lawyers are under a duty to obtain.

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Which individual property does the conveyancing solicitor in Dorset apply for when carrying out the conveyancing for a Dorset property?

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Normal procedure will be to obtain the following Local Authority (council), Drainage Search (Con29DW or personal), Environmental, Tin Mining Search and China Search and perhaps less common searches, which may include a Utilities Search.

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How might conveyancing legal work take months to complete?

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The legal work needed to sell or purchase a home may take more time than budgeted. We do our best to reduce the impact of these delays whenever possible. Reasons for delay include a slow firm acting for the lender.

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Flood risk searches are calculated from past information and when you factor in climate change such as the groundwater flooding in Dorset are they the ideal way to verify sufficient information about the Dorset flood risk area?

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Conveyancing searches (environmental) handled by the Dorset lawyer should include the more thorough search (Landmark) if required.

If you are still concerned try to get in touch with a local resident.

 
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