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How To Change My Solicitors?

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If you’re not content with your conveyancer, you have the option of switching solicitors. Purchasing or selling a home can be a complex process, so it’s essential to have the right professionals on board.

Consequently, if you’re not pleased with your solicitor, you may think about changing firms.

While it is feasible, whether it is the right decision for you depends on multiple factors. In this article, we will look at what you need to contemplate when switching solicitors. We will also explore how the process works and what it means for your transaction.

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Can You Change Solicitors Halfway Through the Process?

It is possible to change your solicitor during a property transaction, even if you are already partway through the process. If you feel your current solicitor is not providing the service you need, or if you have lost confidence in them, you can look for another conveyancer.

Your new solicitor will contact the firm running your case to get the information they need. Note that you might have to pay your previous conveyancer first.

If you switch after contracts have been exchanged, it could cause a delay in completion and you may be subject to financial penalties.

Should You Change Conveyancers?

Buying or selling property can be difficult. Although the idea of a new home is exciting, any delays or mishaps in the process can be frustrating. Before making the decision to switch conveyancers, carefully consider what this entails.

It is likely that changing conveyancers will cause delays and could cost you more, as you will need to pay the former solicitor for the work they have done.

Changing conveyancers should not be taken lightly and it is not recommended after contracts have been exchanged. Delays at this stage can result in financial penalties and can cause issues with completion.

How to change my solicitors
If you switch after contracts have been exchanged, it could cause a delay in completion and you may be subject to financial penalties.

What is the process of changing solicitors?

First, you will need to find a really good solicitor to take over your case.  It is worth discussing your concerns with them and ask them for their thoughts.

Even if you are on a ‘no sale, no fee basis, ‘ your solicitor will have incurred costs such as disbursements and searches.  Depending on how far along you are in the transaction and how much time has been spent, you will have to pay their fee, even if they have let you down.

If you are unhappy with your solicitor, then you’ll need to raise a formal complaint with the firm and see if they can transfer your case to a different conveyancer.  This won’t incur any additional fees.

Reasons for Changing Solicitors

People may decide to change solicitors for a number of reasons, such as:

  • A lack of trust,
  • Difficulty communicating or a slow response time,
  • Finding that the solicitor is too slow in progressing their case.
  • Other reasons could be high conveyancing costs or disagreement with the advice provided,
  • The firm closing down or external factors impacting the firm, such as a security breach.

If a problem with the conveyancer cannot be resolved, the Legal Ombudsman may be able to help. Otherwise, changing solicitors is a possible avenue for those who are unhappy with their current representation.

Can I change my solicitor at any time?

You can change your solicitor at any stage of the process. However, it can be more difficult to switch after contracts have been exchanged.

This is because the process of changing takes time and may cause a delay in the completion date. If this happens, you may have to pay financial penalties. You will need to check if your new conveyancer is on your mortgage lender’s panel.

What Other Options Do You Have if Youre Unhappy With Your Solicitor
You can change your solicitor at any stage of the process. However, it can be more difficult to switch after contracts have been exchanged.

What if Your Solicitor is Holding Money For You?

If your solicitor is in possession of your money, they will be keeping it in a separate bank account. They will need to speak to the new solicitor and transfer the funds for you.

This should be a simple transfer. If completion hasn’t happened yet but the mortgage advance has been sent to your solicitor, the lender will ask for the money to be returned.

The trickiest situation will be if you’re transferring funds from a company that’s shutting down. This will take more time as the new solicitor must access the account before the firm closes. They will also need to show who the money belongs to.

What if your solicitors have closed down?

Don’t worry. Your money should be in client account that’s ring-fenced.

The SRA or CLC will take action if a law firm shuts down. They will appoint an ‘intervention agent’ to keep all of the clients’ documents safe. This agent will contact all affected clients to ask them what they would like to do.

If you have already hired another solicitor, you can start to transfer the paperwork. All money held by the firm will be returned to the verified clients.

If the firm is closing and your solicitor holds money for you, the money will be moved. If the money goes missing, you can put in a claim.

How to Find a New Conveyancing Solicitor
Make sure to speak to the conveyancer who will handle your case when comparing companies. It is recommended to ask as many questions as possible.

How to Find a New Conveyancing Solicitor?

When changing solicitors, it’s important to be sure that you are confident in your choice. A great way to find a new solicitor is to check out their reviews online.

Make sure to speak to the conveyancer who will handle your case when comparing companies. It is recommended to ask as many questions as possible.

You should confirm that they are willing to take on an existing case and are comfortable with continuing the process. Find out if they will prioritise your case. 

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