Buying or selling a property can be a stressful and complex process. The last thing you need is to have your sale or purchase delayed because of problems with the legal paperwork.
Unfortunately, real estate law is also one of the more complex legal disciplines. So, when you’re dealing with a real estate transaction, not just any lawyer will do. You need someone whose legal expertise can handle the thorniest of property law issues.
That’s where conveyancing lawyers – lawyers who specialise in real estate law – come in. A skilled conveyancing lawyer will look after your best interests and help you clear the path to ownership or sale.
What makes a great conveyancing lawyer?
If you’re not a legal expert, it can be difficult to know what to look for when choosing a conveyancing lawyer.
Here are a few tips to help you get started.
- Effective communication. When reviewing reader comments for this article, one thing was clear: communication is key. Conveyancing lawyers who focused on communication and kept clients in the loop received consistently high praise. The best lawyers (in the eyes of readers) didn’t mind answering multiple questions and responded to calls promptly.
- Positive testimonials. Take a look at reviews and testimonials, keeping an eye out for specifics. Did the lawyer update the client regularly about new developments? Did he or she keep the process running smoothly? Did he or she inform the client about all the steps involved in completing the transaction? Were the fees reasonable?
- Experience and qualifications. Find out about the types of property transactions the lawyer has worked on in the past. Helping a first home buyer purchase an off the plan apartment requires very different expertise to assisting developers with bulk land purchases. Look for a lawyer whose experience aligns with your needs.
- Organisation skills. Conveyancing lawyers need to be highly organised to meet deadlines and manage complex conveyancing tasks – including last minute changes. If something doesn’t go to plan, a conveyancing lawyer who knows the status of all documents and their location can often save the day.
Remember also that your mortgage broker, lender or financial advisor may have recommendations. With years of experience conducting real estate and investment transactions, these professionals deal with conveyancing lawyers on a daily basis.
The best conveyancing lawyers in Canberra according to our readers
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Baker Deane & Nutt has specialised in conveyancing law for more than 150 years. Minimising risk in real estate transactions isn’t just a job for its team members – it’s their mission. Special areas of interest include home purchases and sales in the ACT and NSW, subdivisions, property developments, advice on mortgage and loan documents and property transfers.
Baker Deane & Nutt has offices in Canberra and Queanbeyan for added convenience.
Here’s what Google reviewer Barbara said about her experience with Baker Deane & Nutt: “Ida was brilliant with our two conveyances. Went above and beyond when our bank moved too slowly. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend again!”
Similarly, reviewer Samantha described working with Baker Deane & Nutt as “prompt, professional and thorough”.
When it comes to navigating the daunting process of buying and selling property, Meyer Vandenberg’s conveyancing specialists have the experience to make the process as seamless as possible.
In fact, Meyer Vandenberg’s pre-merger firms (Meyer Clapham and Vandenberg Reid, which merged in 2005) were best known for their professional conveyancing services. Property law continues to be one of Meyer Vandenberg’s key focus areas today.
With a range of specialists on staff, Meyer Vandenberg is equipped to assist property purchases at any level. If you’re just starting out and would like to buy your first home, it can help you take the right steps toward securing a place of your own. If you’re a seasoned investor, Meyer Vandenberg can help you organise your portfolio and manage the paperwork.
Meyer Vandenberg also maintains strong links with major governing bodies and associations in the property sector. These ties keep them up-to-date with market and legal changes.
If you appreciate clear, honest communication and a stress-free conveyancing experience, Bradley Allen Love Lawyers (also known as BAL Lawyers) is ready to help. Its team has earned high praise for providing prompt and effective solutions to both residential and commercial conveyancing clients.
BAL Lawyers offers advice on loan and mortgage documents, provides contract advice for building new homes and can draw up or review sales contracts to put your mind at ease while buying your home. Other specialty areas include off the plan purchases, retirement village purchases, title transfers and providing guarantor advice.
Reviewers Neroli and Simon said they would recommend BAL Lawyers for conveyancing in Canberra. “We have now purchased two homes with Bradley Allen Love Lawyers and will do so again if the opportunity arises. The team were very professional, communicative and prompt. Our meetings never seemed rushed. The process and costs were clearly explained and the fees were very reasonable. The team were always happy to answer any question and were very happy to go into as much details as we wanted,” they wrote.
Velocity Conveyancing offers fixed-price conveyancing services, with offices all over Canberra and in Queanbeyan. It bills its conveyancing services as affordable and easy, and even offers incentives like $0 upfront to make it easier for clients to list their properties for sale.
Reviewer Laura praised Velocity Conveyancing’s professionalism. “I found them to be highly attentive to detail, responsive to emails and both clear and timely in their communication. The price was more competitive than others in the ACT too.”
Who did you pick?
Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on the best conveyancing lawyers in Canberra.
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Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra conveyancing lawyers. Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?