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4 years 1 week ago #489201 by Maryman
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My daughter is at the end of her tether and finances. The court has asked for a valuation on the marital home, and the ex solicitor has asked for her half of the fee to be paid up front. She has no money, has borrowed so far to form E from family and friends, and has now sacked the solicitor as the cost was getting ridiculous. She is the respondent.

Can she be penalised for non payment? Is there an alternative option to having to pay up front for this valuation, she still owes the solicitor for work done ?

Thank you in advance

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4 years 1 week ago #489202 by WYSPECIAL
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Did the Court specify that the valuation had to be paid for?

Would free valuations from local estate agents be accepted?

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4 years 1 week ago #489203 by Bubblegum11
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Sounds like the court may have ordered a joint expert valuation. What did the court Directions actually say?

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4 years 1 week ago #489206 by Maryman
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the court asked for a valuation from an approved estate agent, which would be a shared cost. She did have 4 estate agents to value it , which all came in at around the same amount. Her ex though thinks its worth considerably more, based on other properties that have be fully refurbished and maintained. As the difference was about 20k the solicitors decided on the court approved valuation.
Thing is, she had an unexpected bill from her then solicitor, and an estimate for future costs, and decided she was not getting into any more debt.
The ex solicitor has now said she wants to be \"in funds\" before instructing the valuation.
My daughter is struggling with all of this.I just want to know if it will go against her by not paying, and putting the solicitor in funds at this point.

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4 years 1 week ago #489207 by Bubblegum11
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Hmm... well when a court makes Directions they should be followed and yes it can work against you if they are not. I couldn't say what sanctions if any would be imposed as the court has a fair amount of discretion.

It would appear that your daughter's reasons are genuine and sincere and not set out to obstruct the court/process. If she has written to the ex's solicitor, she should take copies of the communications with her to show that she at least tried to work something out with the other side.

What is her half of the valuation cost? and how long does she have to pay it? It may just be worth borrowing the couple of hundred quid to make sure the time frames are adhered to so that everything is in place for the next hearing to go ahead.

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4 years 1 week ago #489231 by verybusymum
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Basic home valuation fee for court purposes will be around £300 even from a chartered surveyor, estate agent should be even cheaper. Is it the case that the other party wants a more detailed instruction, e.g. to re-use it for remortgaging?

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4 years 1 week ago #489237 by Maryman
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Hi
Thanks for the input. Her ex thinks its worth a lot more and tbh think he will be unpleasantly surprised. We think the valuation will be around £380. Its just how they demand upfront money with no thought to how its paid! and no leeway.

We did consider asking to be invoiced separately when the valuer rings and asking for time to pay, as most people give at least a few weeks or days credit.I understand what you are saying and we will take letters with us as we have written with a solution but the solicitor was not interested. Naturally , they need to squeeze every penny.

I am afraid I don t feel solicitors are worth what they charge and at the moment I don t particularly like them. My daughter is really struggling to keep up with the demands on her with this.

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