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Left Title Deeds with Solicitor who died New Solicitor who over his business wants 400 Euro to complete new Deeds as original are missing WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE CHARGES?

Left Title Deeds with Solicitor who died. New Solicitor who took over his business wants 400 Euro to complete new Deeds as original are missing. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE CHARGES?

 

Unless the new solicitor took over the old practice on the basis of assuming debts and liabilities too (which is possible but unlikely) then you are responsible to pay your new solicitor. And then try to get the cost back. But are the deeds really lost? Does his widow have any practice documents or maybe the Law Society hold papers and deeds for safe-keeping? Either way €400 sounds reasonable but you might be able to get the money back through the deceased solicitor's practice insurers - your new solicitor who took over the old practice or the Law Society will have details of who they are.

Declan: Brian is €400 a lot of money just to get copies of the documents from the Land Registry?

Brian: There's more to a legal title than a Land Registry folio. The title documents should also include planning permissions, architect's certificates of compliance, certificates of status of roads, sewers and services as well as receipts for outgoings effection the property. And title might be of the older variety registered in the Registry of Deeds - with a huge pile of legal documents involved. There's more than 4 hours work for the €400 for the solicitor in this case. Some plumbers charge €125 per hour. This charge is less and sounds worth it for the peace of mind of getting the title sorted once and for all.

 

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