When should I consult a conveyancer?

You don’t need to wait until you are ready to sign a contract – it makes sense to select your conveyancer as soon as you decide to buy or sell a property. This is probably the biggest financial transaction you will make during your life so it is important to get it right!

You should never sign anything before you’ve asked for your conveyancer’s advice. Your conveyancer will ensure you understand your rights and obligations and are fully aware of all likely fees and charges.

These are just some of the questions a conveyancer could answer for you:
  • What is the difference between Strata, Torrens and Community titles?
  • Should my partner and I hold property as joint tenants or tenants in common?
  • What happens to my property if I get divorced or write a new will?
  • Can a company I am a director of purchase property?
  • When should I approach a bank/finance company to obtain finance?
  • Will I be eligible for any grants, concessions or rebates may I be eligible for?
  • What do the special conditions in my contract mean?
  • Is there a need for any special conditions in my contract?
  • What does the information in the Form 1 mean?
  • I think I have made a terrible mistake! Can I change my mind?

How do I choose?

To help you choose a conveyancer we suggest you explain your requirements to 2-3 conveyancers and asked the relevant questions listed below. This information will help you decide to engage a conveyancer that best suits your needs.

Questions to ask your conveyancer

Watch this short video that discusses the questions you should ask a person you consider appointing as a conveyancer.

It also explains the concept of a Certified Practising Conveyancer (CPC).

Do I have to use the conveyancer the land agent suggests?

No, you don’t. Many real estate agents have local conveyancers to whom they refer work from properties they are selling. This is perfectly appropriate if based on the professionalism and expertise of the conveyancer and can be helpful if you don’t know of a conveyancer yourself.

The choice of a conveyancer is yours, not the agents.

To assist in choosing a conveyancer to use our Find a Conveyancer Tool.

Can I use the same conveyancer as the other party?

The AICSA does not generally recommend this practice. However, it is legal for both parties to use the same conveyancer, under certain conditions stated in the Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Act 1994 and it can often appear convenient to do so.

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