Prospective clients often ask us about the difference between a conveyancer and solicitor.

Why? Sometimes there’s confusion as to whether the same service can be offered by two different professionals. The short answer to this is yes.

Just so we’re clear, conveyancing is the process involved in the transfer of ownership of the title of property between yourself and another party. Conveyancing must be done by a qualified professional who understands and is trained in the legal process – this can be a conveyancer or a solicitor.

It’s important to know some of the differences between the two, so you can make an informed decision that suits your needs and budget.

In terms of qualifications, conveyancers have specialised knowledge in the area of property law. Solicitors can practice in various areas of law including conveyancing.

Pricing is determined by the difference in knowledge and experience. At Sargeants Geelong, we offer a fixed price fee at the start of the transaction. Some solicitors may charge by the hour rather than a fixed professional fee.

Whatever you decide, it’s important to make the hire before anything is signed. This will also ensure there is enough time for the required legal documents to be drafted, reviewed and altered (if necessary). You also need to feel comfortable with the person you will be dealing with.

At Sargeants Geelong, we’re up to date on real estate. We offer flexible appointment times and can provide full solicitor support through our experienced internal legal department.

Our friendly team aim to make the process of property transaction easier for you, and we can help with residential or commercial conveyancing services.

For more information go to our, visit us at Level 4, 49 Malop Street, Geelong or phone 5221 7411. You can also email and find us on facebook @SargeantsGeelong.