Instructing Property Solicitors during the Coronavirus Lockdown: What should I do?

Aston

24 August, 2021

My offer has been accepted/ I have accepted an offer on a property, can I instruct a Property Lawyer during the Coronavirus lockdown?

Aston Brooke Solicitors is a reputable law firm based in Harrow, Middlesex. We have been serving our valued customers for over a decade by providing high quality, bespoke legal services such as Conveyancing, Litigation, Immigration and Wills & Probate and more. In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, we are proud to be at the forefront of providing our customers with up to date news and advice on regulations regarding COVID-19. We will update our information regularly as per instructions from the Government.

Yes, we are still contactable by phone and email and are equipped to give the same service as we would if we were working out of our offices. We are able to provide quotes and instruction forms over the phone and email.

Once we have dealt with the initial instruction, is it worth starting the transaction?

Taking everything into consideration, yes it would be worth it. On average, a Purchase transaction takes between 8 to 12 weeks from the receipt of draft papers to complete, therefore there is quite a bit of work that has to go in before you can begin to think of the physical move. Please refer to our “Moving Home during Coronavirus” and “Advice for Decontamination” write ups for some points to consider if you are considering moving home during this time.

Would I be able to put a hold on the transaction before I am legally bound by the contract if I am waiting on further guidance from the government on the Coronavirus lockdown?

With the agreement of the other party and their Solicitor, yes. We can progress the transaction all the way to the point of exchange, and pause at that point; this way once both parties are ready to proceed we can almost immediately exchange. If you have any queries on the above, please contact the property team on 0203 475 4321.

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