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Conveyancing in Lancashire Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 21/10/17

Local area services information and addresses ;

Lancashire's closest train station is Lancaster at 9 miles. The nearest airport to Lancashire is Blackpool International Airport (21 miles).

Lancaster, Ridge Lea is a nearby hospital.

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I am looking for the cheapest conveyancing solicitors, we are on a tight budget.

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Various firms claim to offer theoretically cheap conveyancing, however additional charges are often hiding in the solicitor's terms of engagement which buyers and sellers may have not read carefully A conveyancing quote should also state any disbursements. Charges ought to be reasonable and clear and only come into force where the solicitor must complete unanticipated additional work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. The online quote calculator can generate an accurate statement of the legal fees for the property you plan to buy.

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Are some of the conservation areas in Lancashire are at risk?

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The directory of the state of conservation areas in Lancashire is chronicled by English Heritage and this data are currently available at their site- Ruff Lane is listed as poor with low vulnerability and deteriorating, Scarisbrick Park is listed as very bad with low vulnerability and condition improving, Leyland Cross is listed as fair with medium vulnerability and deteriorating, Brierfield Mills with Brierfield is listed as very bad with medium vulnerability and condition improving.

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We are buying on a Lancashire ex-industrial use land. Could the soil be contaminated by industrial waste?

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Lancashire agriculture or industry can cause soil contamination. Environment search results will factor contaminants, including metals and others such as insecticides and groundwater contamination.

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When in the process should we find a conveyancing solicitor?

With a 'no move, no fee' guarantee, the sooner the better. Instructing a conveyancing firm early for a purchase allows you will the details of your Lancashire solicitor ready when you make an offer, or, if you are selling a property, prior to marketing the property, documents can be prepared to make it potentially more attractive to motivated buyers.

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I have read about the major flooding in Sept 2012 in North West England I am concerned that flood risk searches might not be sufficient?

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Conveyancing searches (environmental) carried out by the Lancashire conveyancer will include the more thorough search (Landmark) if required.

If you are apprehensive you might try to get in touch with a next door neighbour.

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Will a Lancashire solicitor commission official or personal searches on my home purchase?

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The conveyancer will brief you about the best course of action, depending on things like building society requirements. If personal searches are used, your conveyancing solicitor may look for a search agent wit local experience, for instance, E Searches Ltd, 9 Tenby Close, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 8JD Tel: 01254 278679 Fax: 01254 278679

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What can we do to avoid paying for SDLT?

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Stamp duty mitigation scheme should not be considered. These schemes are costly and often likely to fail.

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The web is full of collections of publications on the subject of do it yourself conveyancing such as leasehold Flats & Houses a supplement to Bradshaw's Guide to DIY House Buying, Selling & Conveyancing. Do I actually need to spend money on a conveyancing solicitor in Lancashire ?

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There is no argument at all why a home buyer shouldn't do the your own conveyancing yourself. The truth is however that a conveyancing solicitor in Lancashire takes care of a huge number of tasks e.g. approving contract and identifying conservation area breaches most of which are more safely handled with appropriate a qualified solicitor. Furthermore solicitors practices must pay for professional indemnity insurance that protects you from any professional losses you encounter.