Working with your conveyancer


What questions should I ask my Conveyancer?

As with consulting any professional, it is important that you explain carefully to your conveyancer your personal situation and exactly what you want to achieve.

Ask your conveyancer:

  • Do you hold a current conveyancing licence issued by NSW Fair Trading?
  • Are you a member of the AIC NSW?
  • Are you covered by a policy of Professional Indemnity Insurance?
  • What are the stages and how long will the transaction take?
  • Will you be handling my file yourself?
  • What exactly will I pay in fees and charges?
  • What is your fee and what services are included in those fees?
  • Might there be any additional charges or costs?
  • What Government fees will I have to pay?
  • Is there anything I need to do? When do I do it?
  • How will you keep me up to date with what’s happening?


Should Buyers and Sellers use the same Conveyancer?

It is possible for the parties to retain the same conveyancer for the one transaction. However, this can only be done under certain conditions, namely that the conveyancer makes full disclosure to the parties and obtains consent in writing from both parties.

However, the AIC NSW does not recommend this practice. Your conveyancer is your legal representative in the transaction and is required to act in your best interests and maintain client confidentiality.  A licensed conveyancer must cease to act for all parties if they would otherwise be obliged to act in a manner contrary to the interests of one or more of the parties.