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Main reasons to use our service to help you select a high street conveyancing solicitor in Birkenhead

  • 1 There is a better than average chance that the other side’s conveyancers are based in Birkenhead - if so both parties will be familiar
  • 2 Cut price packages from online conveyancers might seem attractive. However, these firms are often located hundreds of kilometers away with little understanding of the factors that affect property transactions in Birkenhead
  • 3 Property lawyer conveyancing firms have extremely good personal links with Birkenhead selling agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.
  • 4 Birkenhead solicitor are the linchpin to a successful Birkenhead conveyancing experience, keeping the process under control. They are on your side throughout, offering dedicated advice for the duration of your transaction
  • 5 Regardless other sites inform you it could be necessary to pop into your solicitor to sign legal papers. There are enough parties engaged in a house sale without needing to include Royal Mail into the pot.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Birkenhead since February 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Birkenhead

My partner and I are looking to buy a home in Birkenhead and have appointed a Birkenhead conveyancing firm. Within the last couple of days our conveyancer has sent a preliminary report and documents to look through with a view to exchanging next week. Yorkshire Building Society have this morning contacted us to inform me that there is now an issue as our Birkenhead solicitor is not on their approved list of lawyers. What do we do from here?

Where you are buying a property with the assistance of a mortgage it is standard for the purchasers' solicitors to also represent the mortgage company. In order to act for a bank or building society a law firm has to be on that lender's conveyancing panel. An application has to be made by the law firm to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict criteria which the firm has to satisfy and indeed some lenders now require their panel members to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Accreditation Scheme. Your solicitor should contact your mortgage company and see if they can apply for membership of their conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable they will instruct their own lawyers to represent them. You are not legally obliged to appoint a law firm on the bank's conveyancing panel and you may continue to use your own Birkenhead solicitors, in which case it will likely add costs, and it will likely delay the transaction as you have another set of people involved.

My fiancee and I are purchasing our first property. The conveyancing practitioner has e-mailedto see if we wish to order supplemental conveyancing searches. Unfortunately we have no idea as to what's relevant for conveyancing in Birkenhead

The range of Birkenhead conveyancing searches should be triggered based primarily on the premises, the location, the probability of any of these risks, your knowledge of the region and risks, your general appetite to risk. What is important is that you adequately comprehend what information the searches could supply. Then you can decide if you personally think you need that search. Should you be uncertain, ask the conveyancing practitioner to explain.

My wife and I are downsizing from our house in Birkenhead and according to the buyers it appears that there is a risk of it being built on contaminated land. Any local lawyer would know this is not the case. For the life of me I don't know why the buyers are using a factory type conveyancing firm rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Birkenhead. Having lived in Birkenhead for six years we know that this is a non issue. Should we get in touch with our local Authority to seek confirmation need.

It sounds as though you may have a conveyancing lawyer already. Are they able to advise? You must check with your lawyer before you do anything. It is very possible that once the local authority has been informed of a potential issue it cannot be insured against (a bit like being diagnosed with a serious illness and then taking out health insurance to cover that same ailment)

How does conveyancing in Birkenhead differ for newly converted properties?

Most buyers of new build premises in Birkenhead contact us having been asked by the builder to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the residence is finished. This is because builders in Birkenhead typically buy the site, plan the estate and want to get the plots sold off as they are building the properties. Buyers, therefore, will have to exchange contracts without actually seeing the house they are buying. To reduce the chances of losing the property, buyers should instruct property lawyers as soon as the property is reserved and mortgage applications should be submitted quickly. Due to the fact that it could be several months and even years between exchange of contracts and completion, the mortgage offer may need to be extended. It would be wise to use a lawyer who specialises in new build conveyancing especially if they are accustomed to new build conveyancing in Birkenhead or who has acted in the same development.

I am a negotiator for a long established estate agent office in Birkenhead where we have witnessed a number of flat sales derailed due to short leases. I have been given contradictory information from local Birkenhead conveyancing firms. Could you clarify whether the vendor of a flat can initiate the lease extension process for the purchaser on completion of the sale?

As long as the seller has owned the lease for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to kick-start the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. This means that the buyer need not have to wait 2 years to extend their lease. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment needs to be completed prior to, or at the same time as completion of the sale.

An alternative approach is to agree the lease extension with the freeholder either before or after the sale. If you are informally negotiating there are no rules and so you cannot insist on the landlord agreeing to grant an extension or transferring the benefit of an agreement to the buyer.

Leasehold Conveyancing in Birkenhead - Examples of Queries Prior to buying

    If a Birkenhead lease has less than eighty years it will affect the value of the flat. Check with your lender that they are happy with remaining years on the lease. Leases with fewer than 80 years remaining means that you will probably need a lease extension at some point and you need to have some idea of how much this would cost. Remember, in most cases you would be be obliged to have owned the premises for two years before you are eligible to extend the lease. The best form of lease arrangement is where the freehold interest is in the ownership of the leaseholders. In this situation the tenants benefit from control and even though a managing agent is often employed if the building is bigger than a house conversion, the managing agent is directed by the tenants. Can you tell me if there are any major works in the near future that will add a premium to the maintenance fees?

My wife and I are FTB’s just having agreed a price on a property in Birkenhead, and are about to get solicitors appointed. I have utilised the numerous rating tools and the fee estimates are from all over the England and Wales. Is it advisable to have a Birkenhead lawyer local to your prospective property? I am happy to do everything electronically, but I guess at some stage we may be required to attend the conveyancing practitioner's office to sign documents?

On the whole there is no requirement to attend the office of your property lawyer, they can send any relevant documents to you, which you can sign and send back. Many home movers prefer to use a locally based solicitor, but it is not essential for conveyancing in Birkenhead.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Birkenhead

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Birkenhead specialising in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This may include advice on Leasehold Valuation Tribunal proceedings

  • Kjp Law Limited, First Floor, Birkenhead House, 17-21 Price Street, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 6JN
  • Norman Jones Solicitors, 27 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 6AZ
  • Percy Hughes & Roberts, 19 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 6AY
  • Haworth & Gallagher, 39 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 5BP
  • Fph Law, 11-12 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 6AX

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Birkenhead regulated by the SRA

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Birkenhead with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Birkenhead. This should include advice on buying and selling small and large scale commercial property and agricultural land
  • Percy Hughes & Roberts, 19 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 6AY
  • Brunswicks Law Limited, 24 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 6AY
  • Haworth & Gallagher, 39 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 5BP
  • Fph Law, 11-12 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 6AX
  • Jackson Lees, 44-45 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Wirral, Merseyside, CH41 5AR

Planning law solicitors in Birkenhead regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The solicitors listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Birkenhead with expertise in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including planning applications and appeals
  • Brunswicks Law Limited, 24 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 6AY
  • H J Walker Sibia, 59 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 5AT
  • Brabners Llp, Horton House, Exchange Flags, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 3YL
  • Hill Dickinson Llp, No. 1 St. Paul's Square, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 9SJ
  • Weightmans Llp, 100 Old Hall Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 9QJ

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