For anyone buying or selling a house the cost of engaging a solicitor is naturally an important factor.  However, choosing a solicitor based solely on price alone is something that should be done with some caution.  Some solicitors advertise online or offer a low-cost fixed price fee over the phone to lure the client.  Conveyancing prices are sometimes advertised as low as €695 plus VAT and outlay. Once contracts are received the acting solicitor may then seek additional fees for work that was “unforeseen” at the outset.

It is important to obtain a written estimate from the solicitor setting out what is and what is not included.  The conveyancing quote should make clear the total cost of the firm doing the work on your behalf so that you can budget effectively for your legal charges. In most property transactions standard queries do arise in relation to Local Property Tax, planning queries relating to extensions or alterations, and queries relating to roads and services servicing the property. It is important to check whether there are any circumstances in which there will be additional legal charges.

Efficiency and ability to handle the transaction is another important factor when instructing a solicitor. Some solicitors will limit the number of meetings and phone calls that a client may make and will charge additional fees for extra calls and meetings. This can be quite frustrating for a client who is seeking regular updates and is dealing with queries from auctioneers and banks. A client should be updated regularly on their conveyancing transaction by their solicitor.

At the outset of any transaction Gerrard L. McGowan LLP Solicitors furnish an estimate of costs which we believe suitably reflects the service required and which covers a realistic amount of work that will be required.  We do not charge for additional phone calls, queries or meetings and in the unlikely event that something out of the ordinary appears on receipt of contracts or on review of title, we can then immediately advise the client if there is going to be any departure from costs.

Accordingly, when choosing your solicitor it is important to check what level of service you can get. The best barometer is to speak with your colleagues or friends who may have used a solicitor in the recent past.

Donogh McGowan LLP Managing Partner

Gerrard L. McGowan LLP Solicitors

donogh.mcgowan@glmcgowan.ie

01 8412115

Notice To ClientsGerrard L. McGowan LLP Solicitors

Notification of Authorisation of Gerrard L. McGowan Solicitors to operate as an LLP (Limited Liability Partnership).

Under the Legal Services Regulation Act, 2015 (Limited Liability Partnerships) (Section 130) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 519 of 2019) as soon as practicable after we have been authorised to operate as an LLP we are obliged to provide the following information to our clients and creditors: –

(a) Gerrard L. McGowan Solicitors have been authorised to operate, and are now operating, as an LLP (hereinafter called “the LLP”);

(b) The LLP has been authorised with effect from 3rd May 2021;

(c) From 3rd May 2021, as set out in section 123 of the Act (subject to the exceptions listed therein), a partner in the LLP has no personal liability for any debts, liabilities or obligations which are incurred for the purpose of carrying on the business of the LLP (whether these are liabilities of the LLP, of himself or herself, of another partner or partners in the LLP or of any employee, agent or representative of the LLP) and however such liability may arise;

(d) That (c) above relates only to the personal liability of partners and does not prevent or restrict the enforcement against the property of the LLP of any debt, liability or obligation; and

(e) that from 3rd May 2021 the Partnership Act 1890 applies to the LLP to the extent that it is not inconsistent with Chapter 3 of Part 8 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015.

Dated: 3rd May 2021