Licensed conveyancers are property law specialists who work on behalf of clients buying or selling property (houses, flats, business premises or land). They deal with all the legal matters, administration, finance and queries involved in a property transaction.
Conveyancers process and agree contracts, transfers, mortgages and leases and draw up all the documents that sellers and purchasers must sign in the course of a transaction. They advise clients on the technical content of the documents and their financial implications. They may act on behalf of the vendor or the purchaser, and in certain circumstances for both in the same transaction.
Tasks involved in the work of a licensed conveyancer include:
Specific tasks for purchase transactions include:
Overall, conveyancers spend most of their time researching information, communicating with clients and others in person, on the phone, by letter or by email, completing forms and drafting documents. They seek to protect their clients' interests at all times, while taking precautions against potential fraud and money laundering.
More and more conveyancing tasks are now being done online and most firms use a computerised case management system.
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