Lawyers and Conveyancers – there’s a big difference.
There are in broad terms two kinds of conveyancers – lawyers and conveyancers. Conveyancers are non-lawyers who are licensed to perform a part of the legal work associated with a real estate transaction, so long as it does not go beyond “conveyancing work”, some have limited licences or restrictions where they cannot do all the work required. If a dispute occurs conveyancers are duty bound to refer a client to a lawyer for further assistance that’s why they say or advertise they retain a lawyer for all legal work but this is often not the case. Unfortunately, on some occasions they offer legal advice without referring the individual matter to a “their” lawyer for review or advice as each matter is usually factually different. The need for licensed conveyancers to refer clients to lawyers for complex matters and issues that take the matter beyond “conveyancing work” renders the licensed conveyancer an expensive “middle-man” when the total cost of the transaction is billed as their lawyer doesn’t work for free! Also in many cases wherein there is a dispute we can resolve the issue quickly and often at no additional costs as we are licensed and qualified to give legal advice, unlike conveyancers.
In addition we do not pay “referral fees”, “kickbacks”, “secret commissions” or “soft bribes” to real estate agents or financiers or any other third party as this cost of a the “referral payments” is a cost that is inevitably passed on to you the consumer, be it either in higher conveyancing costs or lower levels of service. We work exclusively for you the client, not the agent or any third party and we only work in the client’s best interests. The bottom line is due to regulation of conveyancers the price difference between the two is either non-existent or minimal. So the question really is do you want a person who has a TAFE course to conduct perhaps the most expensive purchase or sale of your life or do you want lawyer with 3 law degrees and over 20 years of conveyancing experience and a firm that has over 100 years of combined legal experience at a equivalent of better price to do it? Call or message us now for a fixed price! Mepstead Lawyers and Berwick Legal – visit the website for details.