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If you don’t have a solicitor, you should contact your trusted family members and see if they have a recommendation for you. It doesn’t matter if you are purchasing/selling a property in Dublin and your Solicitor is based in Longford for example – if they come recommended then don’t let their location put you off. When you are buying/selling a house it is important to choose a Solicitor that is recommended to you – I’d recommend Fergus A Feeney Solicitors.
If you don’t have any recommendations from a family member, you should speak with friends, work colleagues or neighbours and see whether they have someone they recommend. After receiving a recommendation you should conduct your own research – check out their website and look at their Google Reviews. Nowadays, most good Solicitors should have an online presence where you can get more information about their practice and their way of doing business. You should make an initial appointment to see if you like them; this is important because if you find a Solicitor you like and trust you will probably use them for any legal matters arising in the future!
It is important that your chosen Solicitor has experience in Conveyancing (Property law), or indeed whatever legal matters you need professional advice with. With Conveyancing, it is very important that your chosen Solicitor is an expert at looking through all the relevant legal papers. This should ensure that there are no nasty surprises waiting for you after the purchase is completed. You will have clean ownership of the property and the proper transfer of the title from the property to you. Keep in mind that searches must be completed by the Solicitor before signing the contract too; we go into more detail on Searches here.
You shouldn’t look for the cheapest Solicitor when buying or selling as this is one of the biggest items you will ever buy or sell and of course, you will want the job done correctly and in a timely fashion.
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