The work we undertake

Every Conveyancing transaction is different and individual, so you need the support of
a team of proven qualified professionals who are expert and efficient, with the right attitude towards good service.
Fixed fee quote - You know exactly what you will have to pay because our fees are
fixed, and there are no hidden charges. Additional services and the charges for
providing them are explained dearly and upfront.
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Email updates - We can keep you up to date with developments by email or
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Please see The Conveyancing Process at the bottom of this article for details of what is included.

Probate - The process and what we will do for you

As part of our Fee we will:
• Provide you with a dedicated and experienced probate lawyer to work on your matter
• Identify the legally appointed executors or administrators and beneficiaries
• Accurately identify the type of Probate application you will require
• Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application
• Complete the Probate Application and the relevant HMRC forms
• Draft a legal oath for you to swear
• Make the application to the Probate Court on your behalf
• Obtain the Probate and securely send two copies to you
• Collect and distribute all assets in the estate

The Conveyancing Process

Whether you are renting, looking to get on the property ladder for the first time, requiring a new home as your family grows or, conversely, considering a smaller place for your retirement, the team at Batchelor Sharp can provide the legal help you need.

Our experienced professionals can advise on:

  • Residential property sales
  • Purchases
  • Re-mortgages
  • Right-to-buy
  • Transfer of equity
  • Purchase of freehold
  • Shared Ownership

Our fixed fees as detailed in our fees pages cover all of the work required to complete the sale of your old home or purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

Disbursements ( payments made on your behalf to enable us to complete  your purchase or sale- these payments are not set by us and are a condition of either the mortgage lender or a third party) are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry and Management Companies as part of the buying/selling process.

Additional Disbursements for a Leasehold Purchase may include the following:

  • Notice of Transfer fee - This fee if chargeable is set out in the lease.
  • Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged) - This fee is usually set out in the lease and varies.
  • Deed of Covenant fee - This fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £100- £150.
  • Certificate of Compliance fee - To be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can usually range between £100 to £150.

These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as this we receive this information.

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (SDLT) (payable on purchase)
There are several factors which determine at what rate and amount you will pay SDLT, such as the purchase price of your property, whether this is your first propertyor you are buying a second property whilst still retaining ownership of your first . You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC's website or if the property is located in Wales using the Welsh Revenue Authoritv's website

Stages of the process

The precise stages involved in the purchase of a residential property vary according to the circumstances. Our Fixed Fee as quoted will include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice & verify ID Check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender's solicitors if needed
  • Receive and advise on contract documents
  • Carry out searches
  • Obtain further planning documentation if required
  • Make any necessary enquiries of seller's solicitor
  • Draft Transfer
  • Give you advice on all documents and information received
  • Go through conditions of mortgage offer with you
  • Face to face meeting to sign the contract
  • Advise you on joint ownership
  • Obtain pre-completion searches
  • Agree completion date (date from which you own the property
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you
  • If clients are First time buyers and have Help to Buy ISA's we seek to obtain the government bonus for them
  • Complete purchase
  • Deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax
  • Deal with application for registration at Land Registry

The precise stages involved in the sale of a residential property vary according to the circumstances.

Our Fixed Fee as quoted will include:

  • Take your instructions and give you initial advice & verify ID
  • Draft contract and title documents and provide them to the buyers solicitors
  • Respond to any enquiries raised by the buyer's solicitor
  • Provide assistance in obtaining further information requested by the buyers solicitors such as planning documentation if required
  • Face to face meeting to sign the contract and discuss completion dates
  • Agree completion date (date from which you no longer own the property)
  • Provide pre-completion searches
  • Obtain a Mortgage Redemption figure (if the Property has a Mortgage)
  • Exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened
  • Prepare a completion statement and account to you of the net sale proceeds
  • Complete Sale
  • Redeem outstanding Mortgage if any (we also do this if there is any other financial charge on the property)
  • Send over all original documents to the buyers' solicitors in readiness for

How long will my house purchase/sale take?

How long it will take from your offer being accepted until you can move in to or out of your house will depend on a number of factors. The average process takes between 10 - 12 weeks.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it will be much sooner. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer. In such a situation additional charges would apply as detailed in our fees.

Please note that the quotation you initially receive is as accurate as possibly can be given the information provided by you at that time, if your matter should become protracted or more complex than first though then additional charges would apply as detailed in our fees. If any such situation does arrive we will contact you and discuss this accordingly.

To find out more about our conveyancing services, please contact us.

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