Conveyancing Solicitors in Shepton Mallet
If you are looking to buy, sell or remortgage a property in the historical town of Shepton Mallet, the experience and knowledge of a conveyancing solicitor can prove extremely beneficial, ensuring the process is straightforward.
We understand that you are likely excited about your property purchase, but despite this, it is crucial to be aware of the potential risks you may be faced with. With our team’s wealth of collective expertise, we can help avoid or resolve any potential problems and guide you through the process.
We are proud to provide clients with an easy and convenient conveyancing service, easily accessible from anywhere. When you instruct our team, we will guide you through the entire process and be on hand to answer any queries you may have.
Our service is always fast and efficient, alloqing us to reach a wide pool of clients across the Shepton Mallet area including, Oakhill, Doulting, Stoke St Michael and further beyond.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Shepton Mallet can help you
Our expert conveyancing solicitors in Shepton Mallet have various experiences assisting clients through all types of property transactions, including:
- Buying and selling your home
- Advice for first time buyers, such as:
- Equity release
- Advice about buying as joint tenants or tenants in common
- Buying and selling listed property
- Buying and selling leasehold property
- Collective enfranchisement and buying the freehold of a house
- Lease extension
- Transfer of equity
- Gifting property and Deeds of Gift
- Buy to let conveyancing
- Buying and selling land
- Commercial conveyancing
- Stamp Duty advice
Our solicitors are able to support you whether you choose a national firm or local building society for your conveyancing in Shepton Mallet. This is because we are on the panel for the majority of major lenders across the country.
Why choose Bird & Co’s conveyancing solicitors in Shepton Mallet?
Our conveyancing service in Shepton Mallet is unique to other firms, as we provide specialist online conveyancing. This lets us assist clients no matter where they are located, and should they wish, we can see them in person.
Conveyancing can feel daunting, but with our modern and friendly assistance, we can make the process straightforward for you.
When you instruct our sound conveyancing team, an individual solicitor will be appointed to you as your direct correspondence. They will always be available to answer any queries or questions you may have.
We are also proud to be accredited by the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This means that we will:
- Provide high quality legal advice
- Get your conveyancing transaction completed as efficiently as possible
- Provide top quality customer service and respond to queries quickly
- Keep you regularly updated and never leave you in the dark about the status of your transaction
- Be upfront and honest about your fees – we will provide you with an accurate quote before you instruct us so that you can decide whether we are right for you
Our team is also Lexcel accredited by the Law Society. This recognises our commitment to providing a high level of customer service and management of the practice.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Shepton Mallet?
- At Bird & Co, our solicitors have a deep understanding of the Shepton Mallet property market in addition to having an in-depth knowledge of the national property market.
- Protecting our client’s private data is of top importance to our team and to do this, our online systems have been developed with sensitive data in mind. This includes email encryption and malware protection.
- Remote conveyancing reduces the likelihood of delays meaning that we can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently.
- Conveyancing done digitally reduces the resources often required during the process meaning online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective.
- Our team can work with you no matter where you are. We have even helped clients who are on the other side of the world. We use video conferencing software to do this.
- Whether you choose to meet with our specialists in person or online, our obligations do not change, and for your protection, we are fully insured.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Shepton Mallet?
For our conveyancing service in Shepton Mallet, we provide a range of flexible funding. For example, where the matter is straightforward, we are able to assist on a fixed fee basis, meaning that from the outset, you will be completely aware of the costs involved. Should the cost need to change, our solicitors will keep you informed.
Other costs that are associated with the conveyancing process are called disbursements. Disbursements that you will likely encounter include registering a property with HM Land Registry and conveyancing searches.
There will be other costs during the process, which are known as disbursements, these typically include property registration and conveyancing searches.
There are property transactions which are subject to tax, and examples include Stamp Duty Land Tax and Capital Gains Tax. If you need to pay tax for your transaction, our team will assist with calculations and filing a return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Shepton Mallet?
During the conveyancing process, there are three main steps involved. These are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
Once the seller has accepted an offer, this is an agreement between the parties to enter into a contract. Until this contract has been signed and exchanged, it is not legally binding, and either party can back out of the transaction should they wish.
Before the transaction can move forward, the buyer and their respective solicitor will be responsible for carrying out a number of property checks. Examples of typical checks include:
- Reviewing property information provided by the seller and making further enquiries if necessary (done by the conveyancing solicitor)
- Conducting conveyancing property searches, such as local authority checks (done by the conveyancing solicitor)
- Carrying out an independent survey (done by the buyer)
If the buyer requires a mortgage, they can apply for one at this stage.
If there are no issues found in the property checks and both parties are happy to continue with the transaction, the contracts can be signed and exchanged. This makes the transaction legally binding.
Once the transaction is official, this is when completion has been reached. At this point, a transfer deed will be submitted to HM Land Registry, the seller will need to vacate, and the buyer can move in.
How long does conveyancing take in Shepton Mallet?
Each property transaction is unique, with its own set of challenges to face. For this reason, an exact timeframe for how long the conveyancing process will take is not always possible. However, most straightforward conveyancing transactions average between 12 and 14 weeks to complete.
There are certain situations where delays are unavoidable. Should this apply to your transaction, we will keep you fully informed.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Shepton Mallet?
To ensure there are no immediate issues with the property, your conveyancing solicitor will carry out a number of searches on the property.
There are three main conveyancing searches, these are:
- Local authority checks – to check the surrounding area for planning, pollution, highway, pollution or other related issues
- Environmental searches – to check for issues such as flooding or land contamination
- Water and drainage searches – to check matters such as water and drainage access
In some circumstances, there may be additional checks required. This often depends on the type of property and its location. If this applies to your transaction, our team will keep you informed.
Is it better to use a conveyancing solicitor in Shepton Mallet or a conveyancer?
Conveyancing solicitors and conveyancers have the qualifications which enable them to handle property transactions, but conveyancing solicitors have additional qualifications meaning they can deal with other legal matters that a conveyancer is unable to assist with.
Due to conveyancing solicitors having more qualifications than conveyancers, it means that they can handle more complex cases, but whether it is better to use a conveyancing solicitor in Shepton Mallet or a conveyancer is often down to the circumstances of your case and the budget.
What documents does a property solicitor in Shepton Mallet need for conveyancing?
When you are buying or selling a property in Shepton Mallet, your conveyancing solicitor will need a number of documents, but this will depend on the type of transaction.
When purchasing a property in Shepton Mallet, you will need to provide documents including:
- Identification documentation, including passport or driving license and proof of address
- Proof of funds, such as bank statements
- The official offer of mortgage
When selling a property, you will need documents including:
- Proof of ownership
- Seller’s Property Information Form
- Certificates, guarantees and planning permission documentation
- Fitting and contents form
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
- Leasehold or freehold information
- Details of the mortgage
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Shepton Mallet?
When you instruct our Shepton Mallet conveyancing solicitors, we will walk you through each stage of the conveyancing process and will handle all related legal aspects.
Whether you are moving to, from or across Shepton Mallet, our solicitors will be on hand to provide our expertise.