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  1. Why do we pay Stamp Duty? – by Matthew Scott-Tucker at WBW Solicitors

    Stamp Duty was first introduced in 1694 by an Act of Parliament during the reign of William and Mary. The new tax was raised against official documents written on vellum (calf skin), parchment (other hides) and paper, which were required to be presented for stamping and payment of the appropriate duty levied against them. The…

  2. How to choose a conveyancing lawyer – by Rod Lewis at WBW Solicitors

    It’s all about the money! Really?? It saddens me that so many people end up dissatisfied with the service they receive from their conveyancing solicitor. This usually results from a perceived lack of communication or a lack of action or both. The individual is upset and the reputation of the profession is damaged. So, how…

  3. Tips on how you can reduce the stress of moving during the festive period

    By Lara Mitchell The run-up to Christmas is probably our busiest time of year with lots of clients wanting to be in their new home in time for Christmas. In order for our accounts department to process all payments our last day for completions is Wednesday 19th December. All WBW offices will close at lunchtime…

  4. How to choose the best Estate Agent for you…

    Estate agents now come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes it can be hard to work out what might work best for you.  From our perspective, we now work alongside both the traditional `full-service’ estate agencies and the online agencies but we know from talking to our clients that it is sometimes hard to…

  5. Residential Conveyancing – Our Top Tips

    By Damien Pedley Whether you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned connoisseur buying another property for your portfolio there are a few things worth thinking about that will help you retain your sanity and ensure a successful conclusion to your transaction. Purchase • If you require mortgage funding start making enquiries about mortgages as…

  6. Meet the Conveyancer

    Whether you are buying or selling a house, or both at once, you need an experienced solicitor on your team. Today we talk to Dawn Owen who has recently joined the property team at WBW Solicitors Paignton Office. What is the secret of good conveyancing? There is a misconception that all conveyancing is repetitive and the…