Separate Entrances - Negating Prior Joint Access Arrangement

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LynnD
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Separate Entrances - Negating Prior Joint Access Arrangement

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I am hoping somebody could offer some guidance about the correct way to document a recent change to our access arrangements. By way of background my home and my neighbours was accessed by about 10 feet of shared drive off the road, which then led on to 2 separate areas of drive, mine house on one side and my neighbour's to the right. The legal boundary between both properties runs between the houses and continues up the centre through the shared access - each property having a legal right to drive on each other's side of the access area before branching towards our respective houses. Over the years I have suffered persistent ingress from previous occupiers of that house to the point where on an almost daily basis I have been unable to get in or out of my drive due to the access area being blocked in some way. Luckily last year a new family moved in and we no longer have those problems (but they will not stay for ever) so we felt now would be a good time to tackle things permanently - in agreement with my new neighbour I have just invested in works to create two private entrances with a small fence demarcating the legal boundary. Everyone is happy and the two properties are now totally separated with their own entrances.

So I now have one final detail to deal with - it is important that the previous joint access arrangement at the top is now negated and the new arrangement recorded on the Deeds. My question therefore is could someone please advise on a way to get the change legally documented - due to the likely high cost of a solicitor I was wondering if there is a possible DIY route via the Land Registry or if this is too complex to do oneself. If a solicitor is a requirement I would be grateful for any recommendations, I'm not sure if I should approach a normal conveyancer or if I would need to go to a specialist solicitor.

Thank you in advance for any help or advice.
LynnD
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If somebody could recommend an appropriate professional (property lawyer?) to make the above changes to our respective Deeds I would be very grateful. I don't know where to start with finding somebody to do this, or what is entailed, or even how much I should expect to pay (there seems to be great variance in fees these days). Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
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This is something that almost all solicitors could perform for you. No real specialist knowledge in land law is required.
Any information provided is not legal advice and you are advised to gain a professional opinion
LynnD
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That's helpful to know, thank you - I'll just go to a normal conveyencer then.
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Some charge more than others. Do you know anyone who could recommend a good solicitor in your area? Look on the web and then phone a few and ask how much they would charge. By speaking to them you can get an idea if they seem reasonable.
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Thank you COGGY - there does seem to be variance in pricing which is confusing. I did ask for recommendations from friends but the suggestions were for our better known (and highest charging) local law firms (West Sussex). I will do as you recommend and phone a few, but it's hard to know where to start. I will also phone the Land Registry to see if there is a way I can apply the changes to the Deeds myself. We have simply widened the opening and fenced the legal boundary to create separate entrances, I have photos etc, and we just want to negate the previous single shared entrance which no longer exists.
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Look for a licensed conveyancer, rather than a firm of solicitors, as these are usually cheaper.
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Thank you Kipper, I'll look for one of those.
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