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Conveyancing in Louth Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 23/07/17

Louth attractions and landmarks

Little Cawthorpe St Helen Churches Conservation Trust and North Cockerington St Mary Churches Conservation Trust are in Louth.

The closest station to Louth is Cleethorpes, approximately 14 miles away. Louth's closest airport is Kirmington, Humberside International Airport.

The most convenient hospital to Louth is County Louth.

Q.

I am looking for affordable conveyancing. What do I need to check for?

A.

Many law firms promote cheap conveyancing, but additional fees may be added into the terms of engagement. Excited homeowners, eager to get underway, often ignore this small print when they instruct. Additional charges listed in the solicitor's terms should be fair and clearly defined. Our quotes clearly state all legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.

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Our mortgage lender is Lloyds TSB Scotland - what do we need to consider?

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In some cases, lenders have reduced the number of firms on their approved panel, resulting in increased conveyancing costs for purchasers if their conveyancing solicitor is unable to act both on their behalf, and for their lender. Homeward Legal will act on behalf of most lenders, keeping buyers' legal costs to a minimum.

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How much can conveyancing searches cost?

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The cost of searches does vary, depending on the searches chosen. Searches are paid to a third party, and are not included in a solicitor's fees.

Q.

Does a Louth property solicitor conduct any searches on the Lincolnshire Victorian detached cottage I am buying?

A.

If you are getting a mortgage the mortgage lender expects at least specific searches, including the following for properties in Louth: Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage Search (Con29DW) and Environment Search, and perhaps specific searches, like a Official Search of Whole with Priority (OS1).

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I am on a deadline and will need to ensure a fast conveyancing transaction, how can we speed things up?

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Finding a proactive conveyancer is key a fast completion. There are, however, numerous things you can also do to accelerate the process. These include:

  • replying to your conveyancer by phone, fax or email
  • ordering a property survey early in the transaction
  • requesting regular updates from your conveyancer and keep the pressure on

Q.

Apparently, uranium soil contamination may be an issue in Louth. Can you advise?

A.

Given the history of industry and agriculture in parts of Louth, top-soil contamination is impossible to completely avoid. The local authority for Louth will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.

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If I plan to purchase in the parish of Silk Willoughby, do we need a chancel search?

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A property lawyer could advise a chancel search. In older areas of Louth, chancel repair may be apportioned on the owners of a residence where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) may have not done so in the past. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.

Q.

Handling the legal work without the assistance of a Louth lawyer appears to be becoming possible as a seller of a maisonette. However, would it be a silly move ?

A.

It can certainly possible for you to handle the legal work yourself.

In reality however, a conveyancer in Louth is in charge of a huge array of exercises including approving completion statements and dealing with requisition on os1 many of which really need a qualified professional. However lawyers are required by the SRA to obtain relevant professional indemnity insurance in order to protect you from any omissions.

 
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