So you’re recently run into some legal issues that are stressing you out; while the cheaper option may be to try and manage it yourself, we recommend you seek professional advice from an experienced lawyer.
Each person’s legal issues are different, and trying to handle it without the assistance of someone who is familiar with the law can end up costing you more in the future and could possibly get you into more trouble with the legal system.
We recommend those who are unfamiliar with the law to talk to a lawyer, as Australian law can be incredibly complicated. With the help of a legal practitioner, you can avoid getting yourself into highly stressful situations down the road.
- Preparing Wills
- Organising Financial Affairs
- Setting up Trusts
- Beginning A Business
- Family Law (Marriage, Divorce, Financial Negotiations, Pre-Nuptial Agreements)
- Criminal Law (Minor Motoring Offences, Murder, Manslaughter)
- Traffic/ Driving Offences
If you’re accused of a crime and have to go to court, a lawyer remains emotionally detached and will ensure that you’re represented correctly. For those who are starting their own business, or in the middle of purchasing one, a lawyer will read over the contact thoroughly and ensure that you understand the terms and conditions.
For those with civil cases, all parties involved are encouraged to settle the matter before going to court, as litigation can be incredibly costly and very time consuming. If you decide upon coming to an agreement, your lawyer will handle the case and try and get the best possible result.
By law, legal experts are required to inform clients in writing of the amount that they are going to be charging. One of the misconceptions with lawyers is that are the most expensive per hour one will get you a most favourable result than a lawyer that changes less. This is false, as there are a number of lawyers that charge reasonable prices and are exceptional at achieving the best outcome.
So, if you are in need of some legal assistance, contact your nearest law firm.
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Would you know what to do if a loved one suddenly died and you are left with their property?
Dealing with the death of a loved one is never any easy time, often the time to grieve is cut short by the harsh reality of legalities. If you have been left with a persons property, possessions or home this can be a good time to say goodbye.
Although it is not the first person you think of, a conveyancer is the person you need to deal with the complexities whilst you deal with the pain. Here is a simple guide of what to do in the event of a deceased estate falling into your hands.
Before anything else you need to make sure the estates legalities are in order. This is not a hard step but a crucial one. If the deceased has already named an executor this is relatively straightforward. But if not a family member has to apply for a probate in court which can be a lengthy ordeal. In the case of the later (although recommended for both) hire a trusted conveyancer to look over all work, terms and explain jargon.
Future of the Property
There are 3 main scenarios when it comes to the future of the property. Sell, rent out or live in. Regardless of which you choose you need to choose quickly before the death taxes take effect. If you are selling or renting out the property you need to remove items, clean it and restore it to its original state. If you choose to live in the property and it was left to you ownership will have already been transferred.
After Death Clean Out
An after death clean out can be a daunting task and one that many people can’t handle. If you cannot face cleaning a home and throwing out the possessions of a loved one you can employ cleaners to come in a remove items. Don’t worry the possessions won’t be thrown in the trash but donated or sold with the remainder going in a skip. Although it is easier to hire someone else to do this it is not the always the best option. Clearing (if not cleaning) a home ensures all possessions left in the will are removed safely and any heirlooms are saved.
Estate Management Services
If this all seems like too much after facing the sudden or not so sudden departure or a loved one never fear. Firms such as B. Bilinsky and Co. offer NSW’s clients a release from this pressure. Hiring a conveyancer helps with all the legal work and they can be their when you can’t. Before choosing a conveyancer ensure you meet with them, do a background check and ask around about their reputation. Unfortunately there are people who get into after death services to prey on the unfortunate.
Few people consider what happens after the death of a loved one until it has already happened. Being aware of the options and reality of deceased estates before and during will help prepare you mentally and emotionally.
After running around town battling with the traffic, trying to make inspection times and inspecting homes you have finally found your dream home. This should be the time to pop the champagne but unfortunately now comes the legal stuff, it is time to formally buy a property. This step is a daunting one for even the most experienced property buyers but with the aid of a qualified conveyancer this transition can be a smooth one.
It is important for both parties to employ a conveyancer to guide the legal part of an exchange. Often property contracts are filled with legal jargon and confusing terms. A licensed conveyancer will sit down with you and help decipher the language, terms and details of a contractual agreement so both parties are happy and aware of all terms and conditions. Hiring a conveyancer is not a legal requirement in Australia but is crucial for first time home buyers and sellers.
Real estate agents always ask for the contact details of your conveyancer so it is best to look around, speak to some companies and choose a conveyancer that is right for you and your home before you buy.
What is conveyancing anyway?
Conveyancing is the procedure of reassigning proprietorship of a legal title or land from one individual or body to another.
A typical conveyance transaction comprises of 3 stages:
- Before Agreement
- Before Sale
- After Sale
And who is a conveyancer?
A conveyancer is a qualified and licensed person who provides guidance and information about the transaction of goods and assets – mainly properties. They follow the sale and prepare all documentation needed and conduct a settlement. Conveyancers are usually also solicitors or lawyers as well but many companies are purely conveyancing companies that staff only licensed conveyancers.
When should I hire a conveyancer?
- If you are buying or selling a home or land
- If you are subdividing land
- Changing a title – due to marriage or a death
- Easement – registering, changing or removing
What will the conveyancer do?
For the buyer
- Arrange, simplify and send all legal documentation.
- Investigate the property legalities in regards to easements, title and any other legal information.
- Deposit money in a trust account.
- Calculate all rates and taxes.
- Settle the property.
- Represent you with the vendor or agent.
For the seller
- Arrange, simplify and send all legal documentation.
- Represent you and answer requests from the buyer.
How do I choose a conveyancer?
When you have decided to sell or buy a property start looking around for local conveyancers. Like with most businesses the best way to find a trustworthy conveyancer is via word of mouth. If this option isn’t available for you, you have to do some searching yourself. A quick Google search can narrow down any conveyancers or solicitors that have had complaints or legal action against them. Once you have found a suitable looking conveyancing company you can start by asking them a few simple questions.
- Check they are a member of Australian Institute of Conveyancers.
- Inquire what property types they specialise in.
- What are their fees and charges?
- How do they communicate with clients and how often?
- On settlement day, how quickly do they work?
These are just a few questions to get you started, look around until you find a conveyancing company that meets all your needs and requirements.
Buying or selling property is a stressful time, having a licensed, experienced and friendly conveyancer will ease this stress.
When you want to sell your house it is the little things that make a big difference. Don’t get distracted by large scale renovations or changing the curtains, your buyers will do those things themselves. All you have to do is undertake a few simple yet affective projects in the lead up to the sale to ensure you receive the price you are after.
Here are 8 tips from a Conveyancer:
- Give the interior of your home a bright and clean look with a fresh lick of paint. Painting is a fast and affordable way to bring light to your home. Opt for a neutral colour, this will allow potential buyers to envisage their furniture and themselves in the house.
- Freshen the flooring. Whether you have carpets, floorboards or tiles having a clean floor makes a great first impression. Steam clean carpets, varnish floorboards and wash tiles. Not only will a clean floor make the home seem bigger but it also significantly increases the value of the home.
- Make sure your kitchen sparkles. Take the time to clean all cupboards, white goods (if they are still in the home) and fix any leaking taps or broken handles. The same goes for the bathroom. The kitchen and the bathroom are the main influences over a potential buyers opinion. De-clutter the areas and add some colourful elements such as bright tea towels, flowers or other simple items that add to the aesthetic value.
- Clean the garage or back shed. Nobody viewing a property wants to see oil stains, old tools or broken furniture lying around even in the back garage. Make sure this area is clean and de-cluttered. Buyers will instantly think higher of the property if there is a large area to store their belongings or car. If you need to leave items on a property ensure they are neat and organised.
- “Spring Cleaning”, make sure you do all those things you have been putting off for months. Clean the windows, walls, cupboards and repair any broken tiles, handles, cracks in paint, chipped roof shingles and ensure the plumbing, heating and cooling systems all work. Buyers will look at every inch of your property and be scrupulous. Don’t lose big bucks on your home to save on a few repair costs.
- Don’t forget the yards. Blooming flowers, a veggie patch and green, cut lawns make a big impact on any property. If you have hedges trim them, make sure lawns are edged and garden beds weeded. Not only is this visually pleasing but will inspire buyers to think about veggies they can grow or flowers they can plant.
- Hide evidence, no it’s not what you are thinking. Hide any evidence of pets or smoking. A lot of buyers don’t want to know or see any signs of animals or cigarettes regardless if they smoke or have pets themselves. Clean up any droppings, litter, bedding and most importantly hair..With cigarettes don’t have ash trays or butts anywhere on the property. Buyers want a fresh and clean start.
- Lastly make sure your home smells fresh but not overpowering. Choose a nice vanilla or pine air freshener that isn’t too invasive. Buyers use all the senses when viewing a property.
Most importantly make sure you hire a Conveyancer to take care of the legal side of property ownership and transfer. With these few small investments you will receive a large reward!