The Gold Coast is home to beautiful beaches, glorious weather, lifestyle-driven tourism, stunning natural scenery – and plenty of conveyancing lawyers. So how do you choose the best one? Buying or selling a property can be stressful, emotional and challenging – but choosing the right conveyancing lawyer doesn’t need to be. The right conveyancing solicitor will be able to take the stress out of the whole process and ensure you move onto the next phase of your property journey with ease. Follow these steps to find the best Gold Coast conveyancing lawyer for you.
Know what you’re looking for
When buying or selling a house at the Gold Coast (or anywhere), you don’t just need a lawyer or solicitor. You need the services of a conveyancing solicitor – a specialist professional with an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of property law and real estate. Rule out anyone else right from the start. Narrow your search to licenced conveyancing solicitors only, as they are qualified and experienced, and know property law inside out. When it comes to the legal intricacies of buying and selling real estate, no one is more qualified to expertly help you. As well, they carry professional indemnity and fidelity insurance, meaning that clients are covered in the event of an error.
Set your budget
Decide before you start how much of your budget you can set aside to pay the conveyancing solicitor’s fee. Don’t be tempted to spend more than you can reasonably afford and try to avoid the cheapest option as well. Go for the best quality conveyancing service that’s within your budget.
Of course, no one wants to pay for services unnecessarily, and it can be tempting to think that you can do without the services of a conveyancing solicitor. Keep in mind that trying to save money by undertaking conveyancing yourself may actually end up costing you money in the long run. In Australia, the requirements of buying and selling a property are stringent, and it’s important to ensure the process is completed correctly. The consequences of making a mistake can be extremely costly, and you will also have no insurance to cover you if anything goes wrong. In most cases, attempting conveyancing yourself is just not worth it. The use of a licenced conveyancing solicitor will help protect your assets and ensure the whole process of buying or selling your property is completed smoothly and with minimal hassle and stress.
Ask for referrals
Word of mouth is often the best recommendation, and people are usually happy to recommend a professional who has treated them well and achieved a good outcome in their own property transaction. Ask relatives, friends and workmates if they’ve used the services of a local Gold Coast conveyancing solicitor and who they recommend. Listen carefully as to why they recommend a conveyancing solicitor, so that you can find one who is a good fit for your individual situation.
Do your research
Another place to uncover referrals and recommendations is online forums. Coupled with the referrals you already have, this will enable you to come up with a list of quality conveyancing solicitors with a proven track record of client interaction and property law management.
From here, you can visit the website of your prospective conveyancing solicitor and find out a little more about this professional who will play a pivotal role in the process of buying or selling your Gold Coast property. Read the kind of reviews conveyancing solicitors will get from past and present clients and establish the philosophy of the practice. Of course, this will only tell you so much, but it’s a good starting point and will give you a feel for each option.
Make a shortlist
Now it’s time to analyse your information and make a shortlist. From your research and recommendations, make a shortlist of conveyancing solicitors to consider. It needn’t be long – perhaps two or three options will give you enough of a choice without consuming too much time.
It will also be helpful to come up with a list of non-negotiables – those things that are absolutely essential for you in your choice of a conveyancing solicitor. This will help make your decision easier in the next few stages.
Prepare a list of questions
You no doubt have many questions to ask about the process of conveyancing and how it will work in your individual circumstances, so write them down. This ensures you won’t forget anything important that you need to know the answer to.
Meet your prospective conveyancing solicitor/s
Once you have a list of quality options, your budget, your list of questions and your checklist of what you’re seeking, it’s time to meet your potential conveyancing solicitor, either in person or on the phone. Arrange to have a quick conversation with each one, to give you a feel for which option you might prefer. Ask some questions and take note of how they answer them. This will tell you a great deal about your potential conveyancing solicitor – not only the answers they give, but how they give them and their manner of interacting with you. Do they communicate clearly and explain what they mean, or use legal jargon that you don’t understand? Do they listen as well as talk? Do they give you their full attention? You’ll soon get a feeling about whether you can work effectively with this conveyancing solicitor, so listen to your gut instinct. Poor communication, unprofessional behaviour or a feeling of unease are all signs that this is not the conveyancing solicitor for you.
Make the best and most informed choice
Once you’ve “interviewed” your prospective conveyancing solicitors, sit down and try and match your shortlist of requirements with your list of conveyancing solicitors. It will probably be fairly clear which one is the best match for you. Consider the fee and make sure it is reasonable. Make sure your conveyancing solicitor is qualified, experienced and has a good track record, and that they make your feel comfortable and secure in their expertise.
Choosing the right conveyancing solicitor for your Gold Coast property transaction is an extremely important step, and will help make the process as stress-free as possible. Don’t rush it, take your time, consider your options and make the best and most informed decision.
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