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    • Firsttimebuyer2018
    • By Firsttimebuyer2018 4th Mar 18, 7:11 PM
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    Should we use a local solicitor?
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    Should we use a local solicitor? 4th Mar 18 at 7:11 PM
    We have just put in an offer on a house, hopefully it'll be accepted! Either way we are looking at properties around an hour away from where we currently live, would it be better to use a solicitor local to ourselves or close to the property we are buying?

    Haven't bought a house before so we aren't sure!
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    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 4th Mar 18, 7:22 PM
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    On the one hand, conveyancing is conveyancing. You could, in theory, buy a house in Cornwall and use a solicitor in Berwick-upon-Tweed; not Scotland though, as their laws are different. In practice, how much does being able to go into an office and bang on a desk matter to you, should the need arise?

    Perhaps the best way to decide is to get quotes from at least a couple of firms in both locations, ask around for recommendations (do not just go with whoever your EA suggests; it will cost you more as they will get a kick-back)

    Another way might to think where you will be most while the sale is progressing to make banging on that metaphorical desk more convenient.

    Good luck.
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    • jamesperrett
    • By jamesperrett 4th Mar 18, 8:09 PM
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    I'd go for someone near your current location as it really helps if you can drop documents into their office easily and pop in to sign things.
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 4th Mar 18, 8:25 PM
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    I've done both. Having a solicitor local to where I live was very handy for dropping documents off and did speed things up as we got near the end. Having a solicitor where I was moving to was handy because he knew all the estate agents really well and also knew the area well. That did speed a couple of things up.
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    • By Thrugelmir 4th Mar 18, 9:36 PM
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    I find it easier to speak face to face when it comes to potentially complex matters, if there's a number of people involved. Just a personal preference as generally more time efficient and avoids misunderstandings.
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