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When you’re searching for a solicitor, there are so many things to consider – should you go with a firm or an individual? Local or online? What should you be looking for when you actually find a solicitor? But before you decide any of that, you’ll first need to know where to look…

Find a Solicitor Locally

Local solicitors are a good place to start. Maybe you’ve seen a solicitor’s office on your way to work, or your friend has recommended someone. These can be good ways to find a solicitor – but you’ll also want to look at the reputation of these solicitors. Sometimes local doesn’t necessarily equal better, particularly when dealing with a specialist service like conveyancing for a property sale or purchase.

Ask your mortgage lender or broker

Usually, your mortgage lender will have their own recommendation for a solicitor, and in most cases they will insist that you only work with someone from their list of approved conveyancers.

This can narrow down your search considerably, but remember that your mortgage lender doesn’t necessarily have your best interests at heart and might not opt for the solicitor who provides the best financial and service value.

Find a Solcitor Online

One of the easiest ways to find a conveyancing solicitor is to look online. Most of us have access to the internet nowadays so all it takes is a quick Google search to find your ideal conveyancer. You can read through reviews online, learn about different firms from their websites and find specialist services like conveyancing much easier.

The only downside to searching online, however, is that anyone can set up a website, and the only way to avoid the less than reputable solicitors is to check their reviews. Of course, this takes time if you’re comparing several choices, meaning you could end up with a serious case of information overload.

Official channels

To narrow down the search a little, you can check the official registers of solicitors. This helps you to choose a property solicitor who is qualified and accredited. Some good places to start are:

The problem with searching this way is that you can’t specify by location and price. So while all the solicitors on these lists are vouched for by regulatory bodies, you’re still faced with the job of searching through long lists to find the one that suits your needs.

Solicitor Comparison Sites

Of course we’ve saved the best till last and while we may be biased, it does seem that the quickest and easiest way to find a conveyancing solicitor is by using a solicitor comparison site like yours truly.

You can search by location, price, mortgage lender, and even guarantees like ‘Fixed Fees’ (which are always a bonus!). On top of this, all the solicitors featured are qualified and accredited so you know that whoever you choose is reputable and professional.

With The Solicitor Finder you can find a solicitor or conveyancer in seconds who matches all your requirements, and the best part is it’s free!

So why not try it now? Just type in your location and mortgage lender, filter according to the price and guarantees – and off you go!

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Published 8 / 9 / 2016

Ellie in Conveyancing