Buying a Title:
People buy a lordship title for many reasons, the most common reason we have come across is people wish to own a piece of living history that has some meaning to them i.e. a family connection or a special place. Whatever the reason buying a title is an investment both financially and in your reputation therefore should never be taken lightly.
Here at Manorial Counsel we advocate doing your research thoroughly before you buy. We all know that £99 buys you nothing, however many people pay thousands for absolutely nothing. Genuine legal lordship titles rights come at price and that price varies considerably depending on desirability e.g. the complexity of the history, and work carried out, or the place it relates to however.
So how do you know that you are dealing with a reputable company? Thorough research and a few simple checks are invaluable along with your ‘gut instinct’.
Detailed below some top tips for checking out a ‘title seller’ prior to Buying a Title:
- Any title seller / company that have a disclaimer on their website stating that “these titles are not to be mistaken as real titles” should clearly be avoided, why would you waste your time and money?
- Does the company you are buying from exist? A free simple 2 minute check at Companies House website will inform you if the company exists and is still trading > https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/
- Is the legal information on the ‘title sellers’ website/literature true/correct (remember you are buying a legal right)? i.e. is the law relating to the ownership of a lordship title correctly and clearly explained? Again this is easily checked out, an independent legal report by expert Barrister Mr Paul Stafford clearly explains the law regarding ownership of a lordship (ownership of the lordship can only be proven by a complete, correctly executed and consecutive set of deeds from the time the Crown granted the lordship or Time Immemorial 3rd September 1189 whichever is earliest). > http://issuu.com/keithplowman/docs/plj262_p18-21_stafford
There are no exceptions to this, despite what some ‘title sellers’ or so-called experts may say or lead you to believe. To find a lordship title with a complete set of deeds is exceptionally rare.
- A lordship title is a legal right and any ‘title seller’ should be using the appropriate legal support for the transaction. All solicitors and barristers in the UK are strictly regulated and have to be registered with the law society and are assigned a registration number. You can easily check if a solicitor is able to practice or is real by going onto the law society website and doing a simple free check. If the solicitor or practice does not come up they are not registered and cannot practice law in the UK > https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/
- Always confirm everything in writing and keep a paper trail. People can say anything on the telephone. Any person/s and or business not willing to do this should be avoided.
- Insurance; Why do you need this? What are you insuring against? You are not buying a washing machine that could break down or a car that could be stolen or involved in an accident, you are buying a legal right and if the ‘title seller’ is genuine, applying the correct law and using the appropriate legal support you do not need insurance. This is simply a sales gimmick and smoke screen to give a false sense of security.
- Name dropping, photo bombing and photo’s with public figures. Why do some companies do this? This serves absolutely no purpose in the buying process. Are they trying to give credibility to their company?
- So-called societies, clubs and registers, what purpose do they serve? You may want to join one after your purchase. However, they have no role to play in your purchase and do nothing to validate what you have or have not brought. For the avoidance of doubt presently there are no independently recognised societies, clubs or registers in existence.
- Is the information on the ‘title sellers’ website and literature correct? Again this can easily be checked out by using validated sources of reference e.g. Companies House, citations on Wikipedia, etc.
- A handful of court rolls manorial papers, or old papers does not validate or prove ownership of a lordship.
Fundamentally if you cannot satisfy the above points, are unable to gain a clear understanding or a reasoned and measured response then it must always be a case of ‘buyer beware’!
We hope these tips have been of help. Here at Manorial Counsel we pride ourselves on our clear and thorough approach and work closely with a large legal team to ensure the correct and best service is delivered at all times.
We look forward to hearing from you and as always can be contacted at > https://www.manorialcounselltd.co.uk