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The deeds for my uncl'e flat, he purchased in 1997 are

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The deeds for my uncl'e flat, he purchased in 1997 are incomplete. He recently died and we need the complete deeds before we can sell the flat. The solicitor who originally had then sold up several years ago. We are trying to check if the new solicitors have the deeds. If not, what can we do please?
JA: What steps have you taken so far? Have you prepared or filed any paperwork?
Customer: The flat is in the process of being sold. I have signed my contract, but not dated yet and this was told to us today that the deeds were incomplete by the buyers solicitor going through the paperwork that my solicitor sent them
JA: Where is the flat located?
Customer: Bournemouth
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Bournemouth

Hello,

Please get in touch with the Solicitors Regulation Authority to see if they have details of whom your uncle's solicitor sold his business to as the deeds may possibly with the whoever acquired the business.

The SRA website is here: https://www.sra.org.uk/home/home.page

If the property is registered, the land registry will have an electronic record of the deeds and the original deeds are strictly not required, see here: https://hmlandregistry.blog.gov.uk/2018/02/19/title-deeds/

You may also consider taking out indemnity insurance for lost title deeds e.g https://www.lawsureinsurance.co.uk/our-products/title-protection/lost-title-deeds/

Hope this helps. If so, please leave a positive rating.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
It isn't a business, it is just a residential flat being sold as such.

Yes, I am aware.

My reference to business is the solicitor's business.

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