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Article date:  30/07/2013

A leading Midlands law firm today warned about the dangers of taking online short cuts when selling or buying a house.

Neil Stockall, a partner in Higgs & Sons' residential property team, says there are a growing number of companies advertising cut-rate mortgage and conveyancing services online, but they are not always what they seem.

The firm is warning that the online offers can often end up being more expensive than calling in professional legal advice.

Neil said the growth of the internet had led to an increase in the number of companies offering legal advice online, much of it related to buying and selling homes.

"Many of these online offers appear highly attractive at a superficial level. The rates at which they tempt you in are low and they appear to provide everything a client  moving house needs.

"But the stark truth is that clients  can often end up paying more than if they had approached a professional firm in person and can never be certain of the standards of service they are likely to receive.

"And if something does go wrong, it can often be difficult to know who to turn to, to put them right because you have not been dealing with anybody face-to-face.

"That is why we would always advise clients  to contact a  law firm and deal with them in person. That way you build up a proper relationship based on trust and professionalism."

Higgs & Sons works from two offices in the Black Country - Waterfront Business Park in Brierley Hill and Kingswinford. The firm employs more than 200 people, which includes over 100 specialist lawyers.

For specialist advice on all aspects of mortgages and conveyancing, contact Neil Stockall on 0845 111 5050 or email

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