Edward Hands and Lewis is now a nationally-acclaimed body. For over a hundred years Edward Hands and Lewis has been an established solicitors in the Leicestershire area, but now we have branched out across the UK.
A solicitor is an integral part of the selling or buying of property. As the leading conveyancing solicitors in West Bridgford, we have a simple and straightforward approach that helps you to buy or sell your home with ease. Our pricing is transparent and the different stages of the process are self-explanatory.
Step 1 – Initial instructions from you (start)
To initiate the process, get in touch with us regarding your conveyancing needs. We will then set up a meeting to talk more in depth regarding the property you are buying. We will also ask you to complete the initial paperwork to make the process official and also provide us with forms of identity. If there are any searches that you would like us to conduct, we will ask for you to make the funds available to accommodate this.
Step 2 – Receive draft contract
The draft contract which includes property forms, official deed (electronic deeds) and other documents pertinent to the property will be prepared by the seller’s solicitors and then sent to us.
Step 3 – Searches and investigation of title
We will carefully review and assess the contract and any other documentation attached to the contract. We will also carry out searches that may be necessary. The questions are directed to the seller’s solicitors who then refer them to the seller. Depending on the number of enquiries that have to be made, this process can be quite lengthy.
Step 4 – Report
After we receive the answers from the searches, we will put together a report and send it to you. The report will include the mortgage offer. A completion statement will be availed to you and in it will be the total amount that you need to pay.
Step 5 – Signing
The signing of the contract is arranged when you’re happy with the details, happy with the replies to the questions and all parties have agreed a completion date. You will then be required to deposit 10% of the purchase price of the house with us as a deposit to organise the exchange of the contracts. By signing the contract you are not committed to the transaction and nothing is legally bound until the next step.
Step 6 – Exchange of contracts
The deposit sent to us will allow us to organise the exchange of contracts which makes the date of completion and the transaction legally binding. You should ensure that you have made any further balances payable to us one working day before the completion.
Step 7 – Completion of Conveyancing process
The last step of owning your new home with the help of friendly conveyancy solicitors in West Bridgford is to have the full purchase price transferred to the seller’s solicitor on the ‘moving day’. The keys will be left with the estate agent who will hand them over once the funds have been received by the selling party.
Step 1 – Initial instructions from you
Selling a property is a little bit different. We will need to have a sit-down discussion and gather a few details regarding the sale. We will then start the process. First, we will require you to complete the initial paperwork. You will then provide us with forms of identity. The initial paperwork will also contain some protocol forms asking questions about the house you’re selling. We will also request you to make funds available for any copy entries.
Step 2 – Contact with your mortgage lender
We will request for the current title deeds (if unregistered) of the properly and request a statement to verify how much mortgage you are yet to pay from your mortgage lender.
Step 3 – Obtain documents from the Land Registry
The next step is to obtain electronic deeds (official copies) from the lands registry.
Step 4 – Preparation of draft contract
We will use the documents and information that we have collected to draft a contract. We will send this to the buyer’s solicitor that includes the protocol forms filled earlier, official copies and other documents that are related to the sale of the house. This might take some time because the buyer’s solicitors will have to review everything.
Step 5 – Enquiries raised by buyer’s solicitor
The buyer’s solicitors have the right to seek clarifications and ask questions regarding the paperwork that they receive from us. Their questions will be directed to us and where necessary, we will ask you for clarification.
Step 6 – Agree on a completion date
We can now set a date for the signing of the contract and completion if the buyer is happy with the responses to the questions. The buyer then transfers the deposit (10% of the buying price) to their solicitor. This serves as an indicator for us to prepare to exchange the contracts.
Step 7 – Exchange of contracts
Exchanging contracts makes the transaction and the completion date legally binding. Once it has been done, the deposit is transferred to us by the buyer’s solicitor. We then get in touch with your lender to ask for a final redemption statement.
Step 8 – Conveyancing process for selling a house (finish)
The last step which is executed on the moving day is paying the full balance of the sale price from the buyer’s solicitor. Once this has been done, you hand over the keys to the estate agent who hands them over to the buyer after the funds are received by us. From the money paid, the existing mortgage is cleared and any fees incurred in the process deducted. The balance is then sent to you.
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We offer a free initial assessment so you know that you have found the right people for the job. Contact us and no matter what your enquiry is about, we will find the right person to deal with your case.
We make our prices fully transparent so our clients know exactly what they’re paying for throughout the process. We also offer fixed-fee services so you know the full costs from the outset.
Our solicitors are approachable and helpful and understand that legal undertakings can be incredibly stressful. We pride ourselves on excellent client service which has been recognised year on year by our Lexcel accreditation.
We know you may not be available within standard working hours, which is why we make ourselves available for out of hours appointments.
At Edward Hands and Lewis several of our specialists are multi-lingual in the following languages: Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Serbo-Croation, French, Italian, German, Swedish. For any other languages, the services of translators may be appropriate.
At Edward Hands and Lewis we have an award winning team to deliver legal services to you. Our solicitors and support teams have won awards for their expertise and business acumen and continue to deliver excellence in the profession.