Since property transfers are some of the highest-value transactions that you may make in your lifetime, it naturally follows that you need to ensure that you don’t let your money go to waste – especially when choosing someone to handle the process for you. Choosing the right conveyancing attorney can save you a lot of headaches down the road.
A conveyancing attorney is someone who helps both the buyer and seller navigate the terms of transfer of a property and registration of a mortgage bond, both of which will have consequences far into the future. With these long-term stakes, buying property is a big commitment. Perhaps the only greater commitment you can make in life is getting married. And just as much as you wouldn’t choose just any marriage officer to officiate your wedding, it is also inadvisable to pick your conveyancer at a whim.
What, then, are the qualities you need to look out for in a conveyancing attorney?
Knowledge and Expertise
A conveyancing attorney, in the simplest of terms, is a lawyer who handles all the legal processes related to the transfer and bonding of a property on behalf of the buyer, seller and bank. Since property transfers are high-value agreements, it is necessary that you pick a conveyancing attorney that knows the ins and outs of property law as one misstep can seriously delay the transfer process.
Conveyancers are qualified attorneys that have undergone additional training after obtaining their law degree and being admitted as an attorney in accordance with the terms of the Legal Practice Act. However, not all attorneys are created equally. So, choose one that is confident in their ability to handle all the legal matters and that has a track record to boot.
Some property transfers might also require specialised knowledge related to restrictions and conditions to the use of the property (such as servitudes). A good conveyancer will be able to point out anything that could become a cause for concern.
Accessibility and Transparency
When it comes to legal matters, staying up to date is key as things can change quickly and new issues can rapidly pop up. A good conveyancer will be accessible to you and inform you of any new developments in the process. Not only should they keep you up to speed, they should also be available to answer any questions you might have regarding the process.
Approachability and trustworthiness
A good conveyancing attorney acts in the interests of both the buyer and the seller. Although the seller has prerogative when appointing a conveyancer for the transfer of their property, the buyer shouldn’t be left to bear the consequences of a poor decision. Therefore, the buyer and seller must find the conveyancer approachable and helpful when required.
A conveyancer that acts in the interest of both parties not only smooths the process of the transfer, but also helps to make the entire process an amicable experience.
The value of choosing the right conveyancing attorney cannot be overlooked. Peace-of-mind and clarity can go a long way towards making a house a home, while satisfying the seller’s needs as well.
At ESI Attorneys, what you are getting is more than 20 years of specialised experience at being the very best firm for your conveyancing requirements. We’ll keep you up to date on every step of the process with milestone completion messages as well as a weekly detailed report. Our conveyancers are knowledgeable, approachable and contactable every step of your property buying or selling journey.