We understand that it can seem quite intimidating to have things you need to talk to your lawyer about, but you can rest assured that we're here to help you. There’s no such thing as a silly question, here are a few that other people have asked; and if you don’t see an answer to your question here, don't hesitate to send us a message or call and talk to us. There are also some useful links at the bottom of this page with even more information!

Is there anything I need to bring when I come to visit the lawyer?

You will need to bring identification and proof of address documentation to your meeting with us. To save you time and money, please take some time to prepare this before our meeting and bring the original documents along with you.

This requirement is a result of a new law called the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT Act).

How much do you charge?

During the initial consultation with the lawyer the legal fee will be agreed upon, every situation and case is different, and the costs will reflect the work required.

Depending on what type of work needs to be done, and the intricacies of your case, we'll be better able to estimate the initial retainer or fee after meeting with you and learning more about your requirements.

I'm thinking about buying a house, at what point do I talk to my lawyer?

We recommend you get in touch with your lawyer as early as possible. Due to recent law changes, there can be admin work that's necessary to have completed with your lawyer before making an offer on a property.

I've found a property I want to put an offer on, is there anything I should know before I do?

We recommend you check with your lawyer before you sign the Agreement. Your lawyer can advise you on appropriate conditions to include in an offer to make sure you can complete the necessary checks to the property before making the purchase.

I have put in an offer on a property, what shall I do first?

Contact your lawyer and send them a copy of the signed document (the Real Estate agent will often do this). Your lawyer will then check the LIM and Title for you as part of the conditions of the purchase.

Once you have completed your examination of the property and obtained all the information you need to make an informed decision to purchase, your lawyer will ‘confirm the contract’ with the vendor's lawyer. Your lawyer will require written instructions from you that you want to confirm the contract, this is as simple as sending an email to your lawyer.

Once confirmed, you are bound to purchase the property. The deposit is payable and generally speaking both you and the person selling, must complete the sale (known as “settlement’).

What can a lawyer tell me that Google can’t?

Google and online search engines are great places to do some initial research, but they aren’t a substitute for real legal advice. Most of what you will find online is generic.

Law comes in many forms and how it is applied is not necessarily the same in all situations, by talking to a lawyer, you'll be able to get advice on how the law applies to your specific circumstances.

Why do I need a lawyer to write a will?

There are specific requirements around making a valid will, and an online will is for a simple solution. To ensure your wishes and instructions are carried our correctly It's vital that a lawyer drafts clear and concise instructions.

In our experience, we've seen issues that wouldn't have occurred happen due to poorly drafted wills. A lawyer can help you with your estate planning, leaving your affairs in the best possible state.

I need to go to court, can you represent me?

Unfortunately, no. However, we can refer you to a barrister who can represent you. We can discuss this process with you.

I’m getting married, can you advise me on what I should do?

You should let your lawyer know if you're getting married. When you marry, your will is automatically revoked and must be updated.

In some circumstances, you may also like to consider entering a “prenup”, which we can help you with drafting.

I need to get a family trust, can you help me?

Yes, we recommend that we meet to discuss whether a family trust will suit your needs. Family trusts can be complicated, and we'll help you through the process and consider all your personal circumstances.

Do you have any other questions or do you need legal advice?

 

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