At lunchtime, Richard phoned our solicitor in the UK, to find out what was happening about the exchange of contracts on our house.
Our solicitor said he didn't know it was happening today, although the buyer's solicitor had told him it 'might'. Nor did he know that completion was scheduled for next week, although again he had been informed that it was possible.
At seven o'clock our time (five o'clock UK time) Richard phoned our solicitor again.
Apparently the exchange couldn't happen today because the deposit money wasn't available, but may happen on Monday.
So Richard phoned the guarantor, who's paying the deposit. He had no idea there had been a further delay. He said that the deposit money was with his solicitor on Wednesday, should have been transferred to the buyer's solicitor on Thursday, and should therefore have been ready to pay to ours today. He got in contact with his solicitor, who said that he had not received a request from the buyer's solicitor to pass on the money, so he still had it.
So the buyer's solicitor is waiting for it to arrive, and the solicitor who's holding it is waiting for a request to pass it on. Don't they communicate??