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Why Hire a Conveyancing Solicitor Over a Conveyancer?

by Maurice Carroll

When you buy or sell a property, you have to go through a series of legal hoops to transfer the property from one person to another. This process is called conveyancing. It's generally easiest to use a qualified professional service to do this. Depending on where you live, you may have the choice of using a conveyancer or a conveyancing solicitor.

What's the difference between the two? When might it be better to use a solicitor rather than a conveyancer?

The Difference Between Conveyancers and Conveyancing Solicitors

Conveyancers should be trained and licensed to do conveyancing work. Their sole focus is on helping people and businesses buy and sell properties. So, a conveyancer can help you manage the legal process. They are there to ensure that you follow all legal requirements when you buy or sell.

Conveyancing solicitors also do this job. However, they have extra training and skills that conveyancers don't have. For example, a solicitor will have general law training that includes property law issues. Conveyancing is just one of the things that a solicitor can do for you.

Why Pick a Conveyancing Solicitor?

While qualified conveyancers are perfectly able to do your conveyancing, their expertise stops there. If you have a problem with a property sale or purchase that goes beyond this process, then a conveyancer may not be able to help you. They're likely to recommend that you see a solicitor to sort out these problems.

On the other hand, a solicitor can do your conveyancing and manage any property or legal problems that might arise during a sale or purchase. They are also experts in property law, after all.

So, if your sale or purchase is a bit more complicated than the norm, then a solicitor may be your best option. This could apply if you're buying a high-value property or have concerns about the real estate agent, the current property owner or ongoing disputes with neighbours, for example.

Solicitors with conveyancing experience are also a good option if you are arranging to sell your home to a spouse after a divorce. Property division in a transfer like this isn't always straightforward, and it will help to have legal advice through the process.

If you think that a conveyancing solicitor is a better option for your situation, then contact local property law firms. They can give you initial advice on your options and explain how they can help you sell or buy your property.