What Should You Expect When First Signing up with a Conveyancer?

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If you're new to the housing market and are buying or selling a property for the first time, you may be getting ready to work with a conveyancer. It's very important to work with an expert like this so that you can avoid any pitfalls and ensure that the process goes smoothly from start to finish. When you first engage with a conveyancer, you may be asked to sign a client authorisation form and verify your identity. These forms may have several sections and appear to be quite complex, but what can you expect when you start the ball rolling? 

Electronic Conveyancing

These days conveyancing is done electronically in many jurisdictions and, in some places, could be the only way to settle on a property. Your conveyancer is required to get client authorisation from you and to verify your identity formally so that all the parties to the transaction are happy.

Giving Authority

When you sign a client authorisation form, you will be asked to give your full name and address and, if a corporate entity, relevant registration numbers as well. You will then confirm how much authority you are giving to the conveyancer going forward. In other words, are you engaging with them for a certain period that comes with an expiry date, or will you give them authority to work on your behalf for multiple transactions?

You'll also be asked to confirm the details of a single transaction or the first in a batch of multiple transactions. This will include the property's address and the title description. There are various additional options associated with each transaction to identify its forms, such as title transfer, mortgage, caveat and others. You'll then be asked to sign the form, which certifies that you are a client and have legal authority. In so doing, you give the conveyancer authority to sign documents, interact with the registry and conduct financial settlements.

Verifying Identity 

When verifying identity, you will need to bring forward items of identification (usually a passport and state ID such as a driver's license). Try to ensure uniformity when it comes to the photos on each of these items. If one is rather old and your appearance has changed significantly, additional steps may be involved.

Getting More Information

Talk with your conveyancing service to get more information about the contractual and identification processes, so you know what to expect when you get everything underway.


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