How to avoid being bitten – What to look for when choosing a conveyancing solicitor?
Buying a home or investment is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make, so you want to make sure you have the right people at the helm. Choosing the wrong conveyancing solicitor can be costly, financially and emotionally, so asking the right questions at the start is crucial.
- What are your qualifications?
At Map Lawyers, your matter will be handled by a qualified solicitor who is a specialist in property law. We don’t have any administrative assistants, paralegals or unqualified ‘legal practitioners’ running your files here.
- How much does your conveyancing services cost?
Our website www.maplawyers.com.au has a transparent online quote function which breaks down our fees and search costs. We offer a true fixed fee service unlike a lot of our competitors who will limit their time on the phone and correspondence to you (check their terms and conditions carefully!).
We are also upfront about the other fees and payments you will be liable for (such as transfer duty, registration fees and your share of rates, water and body corporate levies).
- Do you have insurance protection?
Map Lawyers is covered by comprehensive professional indemnity insurance and affiliated with the Queensland Law Society.
- Are you independent?
At Map Lawyers, we do not take on jobs where there may be a conflict of interest between the buyer and seller. Ask yourself if you’re comfortable using the same person as the other party, or if you would feel better working with an independent firm.
Similarly, a number of real estate firms who are employed by the seller, have set up in-house conveyancing practices. Here at Map Lawyers, we are truly independent.