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 theft of millions of dollars from consumers when Grove Conveyancing collapsed in 2004.
While there has been a lot of talk about pending legislation to legitimise the industry, reform is still a long way off. Discussing the the governments pending “Conveyancers Bill”, CEO of the Law Institute of Victoria Michael Brett-Young asks, “Would you bet your house on it?”
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