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We have had conflicting information:

  1. Some solicitors take their fees (balance) prior to transfer of sale funds to seller.
  2. Solicitor must submit invoice prior to disbursement, and that seller can insist on transfer of all funds (excluding monies owed to Building Society) prior to paying solicitor.

Which is legally correct, and if the solicitor's fees are not acceptable, what is the redress in case 1?

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UK Solicitor fees are set according to the solicitor. Negotiate how much and when they are paid with the solicitor.

The Costs

Solicitors either charge a fixed fee (usually between £250 and £750), or a percentage of your house's sales price (usually 0.5%). Make sure you get some quotes before choosing a solicitor and agree on his fee, in writing, before instruction.

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