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Estate Agent Referrals – Punishment & Corruption

Posted on October 26, 2008 by | 10 Comments
OPINIONby Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate LawyerQualified Practising Conveyancer VictoriaDirector Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd   I have previously written about estate agents who refer clients to “pet” solicitors and conveyancers in return for payment, and the corrupting effect this has on the industry. An equally insidious form of client referral is the “punishment referral”. This is where the estate agent refers clients away from a lawyer or conveyancer as a form of punishment. Two...

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Why Do Some Lawyers Delegate Contract Responsibility To Estate Agents?

Posted on December 10, 2007 by | 0 Comments
by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate Lawyer Qualified Practising Conveyancer VictoriaDirector Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd   Many, if not most, lawyers and conveyancers play along with the pretence that it is the role of the estate agent to advise the purchaser and the vendor on contract law, and to prepare and execute the contract of sale on behaof of both parties.  It would appear that lawyers and conveyancers have found that it is cheaper...

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Richard Wood Solicitors – Who Needs To Know?

Posted on September 19, 2007 by | 0 Comments
by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate LawyerConveyancerConsumer Advocatepeter@lawyersconveyancing.com.au   I have discussed the way in which payments to estate agents can become illegal secret commissions if they are not disclosed, and how the disclosure of payments tends to work against the purpose of the payments.  In the absence of evidence to the contrary, I assume that any payments or gifts made by Richard Wood Solicitors to Barry Plant Real Estate’s estate agents, or any other...

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Richard Wood Solicitors Letter – What If The Right Way Doesn’t Pay!

Posted on September 3, 2007 by | 0 Comments
by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate LawyerConveyancerConsumer Advocatepeter@lawyersconveyancing.com.au   In the absence of evidence to the contrary, we must assume that Richard Wood Solicitors and Barry Plant Real Estate have done everything the law requires of them in relation to gifts offered to estate agents in return for client referrals. But does it make sense for a lawyer or conveyancer to offer gifts to estate agents if legal compliance makes the whole exercise a waste...

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Richard Wood Solicitors Letter – Gifts To Agents For Client Referrals

Posted on August 3, 2007 by | 0 Comments
by Peter Mericka B.A., LL.BReal Estate Lawyer Qualified Practising Conveyancer VictoriaDirector Lawyers Real Estate Pty Ltd   Richard Wood Solicitors is Melbourne Law firm.  In 1998 a letter was sent to a local estate agent by this law firm, offering free gifts in return for conveyancing “referrals”.  I received a copy of the letter because the estate agent to whom it was addressed saw an opportunity to make money from local lawyers and conveyancers by...

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