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I an old friend of the Smeed family (including the issue Janet

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I an old friend of the Smeed family (including the issue Janet and Robert) of*****Addlestone, Surrey. I am having trouble locating them as I would like to meet them during a trip from Australia to the UK this summer. The 33 home was sold on 16 August 2006. If I can locate the solicitor who handled the sale they might pass on a letter to either Janet or Robert. Could the name of the solicitor be found on the land title documents? And/or have you any other suggestions? Have searched the electoral rolls and phone directories with no luck. Janet is known to have married Kenneth May in 1966. Any information and/or suggestions will be welcome. Thanks Brian Tout
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Joshua replied 2 years ago.
Hello and thank you for your question. I will be very pleased to assist you. I'm a practising lawyer in England with over 10 years experience.

There are two options I can readily think of-
1) The solicitors that acted in the sale would likely have requested official copies of the register from the land registry. The Land Registry may still have a record of which firm made the request. Alternatively they would have a record of the firm that acted for the buyer as that firm would have made the application for registration of the new owners title. Unfortunately this information is not a matter of puiblic record so the Registry may not be willing to release it. Alternatively you could contact the new owners of the property and explain that you are you trying to track down the previous owners and ask them if they are able to assist buying advising you who the solicitors were and perhaps asking their solicitors to advise which solicitors acted on the other side for the sellers at the time. Their solicitors will not give you this information directly due to client confidentiality though they would provide the information to the buyers of the property.

2) alternative approach would be to look at sites such as right move for zoopla to see if you can find no record of the property sale advertisement to ascertain which estate agent acted in the sale. Whether the site would maintain a full record of advertisements so old I'm not certain but if the estate agents in question could be tracked down, again they may still have records of which solicitors acted as they certainly would have had this information at the time.

If both of the above approaches fail, you could consider the use of a tracing agent who are very adept at tracking down individuals. they are usually employed to find debtors but can apply their skills to finding individuals for any reasons. Many offer and no find no fee service e.g. http://tracedebtors.com/

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Joshua,

Thank you for your response. Have contacted the new owners of 33 but they did not reply. Will try Zoopla. Might have to use a tracing agent as you suggest. But first, as am down under, information about how to contact the Surrey Land Registry will be very useful.

Thanks

Brian Tout.

Expert:  Joshua replied 2 years ago.
Certainly. The Land Registry have now centralised their customer support services though they maintain their regional offices. However public enquiries are deal with centrally at the following details:Citizen CentrePO Box 6350CoventryCV3 9LP0300(###) ###-####(I imagine you may not be able to use this number outside the UKbut I can find no geographic number to contact - you could try +44(0)191(###) ###-####They have an online contact form here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/land-registry/about/access-and-opening#contact-form I hope the above is helpful? Can I help you with anything else or has the above answered your questions satisfactorily? If you could drop me a quick message to let me know I'd be very grateful.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Joshua,

Thank you for further information about the Land Registry. Think you have given me enough information to get me going again on the search for the Smeed children. Thanks

Brian Tout