When should I talk to a conveyancer?
The earlier the better!
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. And never sign anything before you've asked for your conveyancer's advice - it is always better to be safe than sorry!
FIND A CONVEYANCER
How do I Choose one?
To help you choose a conveyancer we suggest you explain your requirements to 2-3 conveyancers and asked the relevant questions detailed on this page. Once you have this information and have had the opportunity to talk to the conveyancer that would be handling your transaction this should help you decide on the one for you. Even if a conveyancer has been recommended to you it is still wise to ask the questions so you feel confident you know your costs and what to expect. It is your choice!
What should I ask/tell my conveyancer?
It is important that you understand what your conveyancer can, and can't do for you. It is also important that you explain very clearly your position and your requirements. AIC members are encouraged to always use plain English, not complicated legal terms, so you understand exactly what is happening. You also need to tell your conveyancer of anything that may impact on the transaction. If you have severe financial restrictions, tight time limits, or any other specific concerns or special requirements, be sure you explain this at the very beginning. Nobody wants surprises or misunderstandings to ruin your transaction.
Here are a few questions you may like to ask a conveyancer:
- Are you a member of the Australian Institute of Conveyancers?
- What's the maximum I can expect to pay in fees and charges?
- What are your fees and what services are included in those fees? (See Buying or Selling a property for the list of tasks that should be provided)
- What will any additional services cost?
- What government fees and charges will I need to pay?
- How long will settlement take?
- How will you keep me up to date with what's happening?