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if a solicitor has lost or mislaid my documents ie...deeds

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if a solicitor has lost or mislaid my documents ie...deeds etc can they charge me for
looking for them.

Max Lowry :

Hi, welcome to Just Answer. I will help you with your question.

Max Lowry :

No, they cannot charge you to retrieve them.

Max Lowry :

You are entitled to the files to be returned to you, and further, to expect that they were properly stored as part of a sensible filing system.

Max Lowry :

Have a look at this, para 11 too: http://www.sra.org.uk/Solicitors/code-of-conduct/rule2.page

Max Lowry :

This is what makes returning the files (without charge) a matter of professional conduct too. In other words, the solicitor must do this.

Customer:

What if they have lost the land registry documents.

Max Lowry :

Most Land Registry documents can be obtained against from the Land Registry, for a couple of pounds each at most. So I doubt that should cause too much of an issue.

Max Lowry :

Does this answer your question, can I expand on anything for you?

Customer:

We are making an appointment to retrieve all our documentation. Our probate solicitors have never experienced

Max Lowry :

Okay - your solicitors (and you!) could get guidance on this (or the authoritative word!) from the SRA.

Max Lowry :

Shall I change to Q&A mode?

Customer:

such unprofessional conduct. We hope to return from our appointment with all our documents, and put and end to this long drawn out probate because of it. Thank you.

Max Lowry :

You're welcome. If I can be of any further help later, just let me know.

Max Lowry :

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