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National Conveyancing Week - Why do I need to give my Conveyancer so much information?

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21st March 2023

Solicitors are bound by the law to verify a client’s identification at the earliest point in a transaction and to ensure that all anti-money laundering requirements have been satisfied prior to completing the matter.

Given the advances in technology, it is now very common to have these checks carried out via an online verification portal, which has proven to be much more efficient and less time-consuming than attending a solicitor’s office in person.

However, not every client has the resources to do this, some may even be uncomfortable with the idea of uploading confidential information to an online portal and in these situations, we would ask you to attend our office with the appropriate identification and proof of funds so we may carry out a manual check. Alternatively, there is the option to attend another firm of solicitors or even a Post Office to have your documents verified and then forwarded on to us.

In the event that we need to obtain additional documentation from you such as source/proof of funds, which is usual when dealing with matters such as a Conveyancing purchase, we will advise you as soon as possible and be clear as to what further evidence we require in order to satisfy Anti-money laundering regulations.

If you have any questions on the process please do not be afraid to ask us.

Thomas Flavell & Sons, specialist Conveyancing Solicitors in the Midlands - Proud to Support National Conveyancing Week 2023.