We strongly recommend you get independent legal advice before you sell your home.
Solicitors must have insurance—this protects you in case they do something wrong.
When choosing a solicitor:
- shop around for experience, services and costs
- find a firm that specialises in property or conveyancing
- make sure your solicitor isn’t connected to any other party (like the buyer).
Before you appoint a solicitor, ask for a detailed quote for the work you want done. Some conveyancing solicitors may charge a set price.
The Queensland Law Society can help you find a solicitor in your area.
How they can help
Ask your solicitor to:
- draft the contract to make sure the terms are appropriate and reasonable
- help you complete the disclosure documents
- check the contract of sale before you sign it.
They will deal with the buyer (or their solicitor) to:
- fix any problems that came up in pre-settlement inspections
- handle receipt of your final payment on settlement day
- transfer the property title from the you to the buyer.
If you want to make a complaint about your solicitor, contact the Legal Services Commission.