Tag Archive: Conveyancing

Legalwise Seminars – Not As Wise As They Think!

Posted on May 1, 2007 by | 0 Comments
by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.B Real Estate Lawyer and Qualified Practising Conveyancer Victoria Lawyers Real Estate What is going on at Legalwise Seminars? They now have an unqualified non-lawyer conveyancer as Chairperson of their upcoming conveyancing seminar. What’s more, they expect lawyers to pay to attend! We received this brochure from Legalwise seminars, inviting us to part with $300 to participate in a seminar chaired by Ms. Pauline Barrow in her capacity as President of...

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Take Care When Crashing Contracts

Posted on May 1, 2007 by | 0 Comments
by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B Queensland Solicitor & Consumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au Three recent Court decisions highlight the need for conveyancing solicitors to take great care if a client wants to cancel a contract on the ground of the other party’s “repudiation” or “anticipatory breach”. Anyone wanting to back out of a contract on this basis must ensure firstly, that the other party’s conduct actually amounts to repudiation or anticipatory breach and, secondly, that you have...

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Conveyancer Warning – Safety Is Still A Long Way Off!

Posted on April 30, 2007 by | 0 Comments
by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.B Real Estate Lawyer and Qualified Practising Conveyancer Victoria Lawyers Real Estate Every adult in the State of Victoria is a Conveyancer. That’s right, no qualifications or experience is needed for anyone to call themselves a conveyancer and to charge clients for conveyancing services. Police checks? No problem. A conveyancer in Victoria can handle clients’ funds without ever having to worry about any form of integrity check. This is despite the...

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Contracts – Find The Devil In The Detail

Posted on April 29, 2007 by | 0 Comments
Purchasers should take care before signing a contract to purchase real estate, particularly at auctions. Special conditions can be used to pass a vendor’s risk to an unsuspecting purchaser. We have shown that estate agents often insert nasty special conditions into contracts, but they’re not the only ones. Lawyers and conveyancers do it too. A purchaser, intending to purchase at auction, asked for pre-auction legal advice on a contract prepared by Davis Lawyers of Melbourne....

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Winning Auction Bidders Beware

Posted on April 28, 2007 by | 0 Comments
(NOT APPLICABLE IN VICTORIA OR A.C.T.) by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B Queensland Solicitor & Consumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   Peter Mericka was correct when he stated in Auctions Exposed As Non-Binding that, as every agent, auctioneer, solicitor and conveyancer knows, a contract for the sale of real estate must be in writing and signed before it can be enforced. More particularly such a contract will be enforceable at law even if it is only “evidenced” in...

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Were Hoges & Linda Dudded By A Dodgy Agent?

Posted on April 28, 2007 by | 0 Comments
by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B Queensland Solicitor & Consumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   (An open letter to movie actors Paul and Linda Hogan) Dear Mr & Mrs Hogan, You don’t know me, although I’ve been a big fan of Paul’s since his television comedy days and I’ve long liked Linda’s movie work. Anyhow, I wanted to bring to your attention some interesting legal issues relating to the sale a few years back of your multi-million dollar...

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Beware Of Property Fraudsters

Posted on April 28, 2007 by | 0 Comments
by Tim O’Dwyer M.A., LL.B Queensland Solicitor & Consumer Advocate watchdog@argonautlegal.com.au   A while ago Australian Property Investor magazine reported on the fraudulent and illegal practices of “jacked” real estate contracts and secret “rebates” on sale prices. The ABC’s Four Corners programme has also exposed the same scams. At the very time the API edition was on newsagents’ shelves real estate agent, David Kelly, from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast appeared in the Maroochydore Magistrates court charged...

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Skilled Conveyancing Develops New "Skills"

Posted on April 28, 2007 by | 0 Comments
by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.B Real Estate Lawyer and Qualified Practising Conveyancer Victoria Lawyers Real Estate   When Skilled Conveyancing copied material from my website and presented it on its own website, it raised in my mind questions regarding honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, business ethics, and simple common-sense. I was stunned. A Google search had taken me to the website of Skilled Conveyancing, a conveyancing business operated by Dawn Lockhart in the Melbourne suburb of Wantirna....

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Home Inspections – Two Views

Posted on April 28, 2007 by | 0 Comments
Intending home-buyers often ask about pre-purchase home inspections. Usually the questions relate to whether the cost of the inspection can be justified, and whether a purchaser has any recourse against a building inspection company if they “get it wrong”. The following two articles may assist consumers in assessing the value of the pre-purchase inspection. While they are written from the American/Canadian perspective, the issues they raise are universal. In “Hidden Glitches, Future Trouble; Suprise! Home...

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Conveyancing In Croydon

Posted on December 15, 2006 by | 0 Comments
Ready to start?Instruct us now, and we’ll start your conveyance immediately. Remember, you’re not committed until we have confirmed your instructions in writing. Or you can contact us for further information. Help? Just a click awayIf you do not understand any of the blue underlined terms on this website, please click on the term – a small window will open into our Real Estate Dictionary.You may also wish to read our helpful Conveyancing Guides. These...

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