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Appointing a solicitor

We strongly recommend you get independent legal advice before you sell your home.

Solicitors must have insurance—this protects you in case they do something wrong.

When choosing a solicitor:

  • shop around for experience, services and costs
  • find a firm that specialises in property or conveyancing
  • make sure your solicitor isn’t connected to any other party (like the buyer).

Before you appoint a solicitor, ask for a detailed quote for the work you want done. Some conveyancing solicitors may charge a set price.

The Queensland Law Society can help you find a solicitor in your area.

How they can help

Ask your solicitor to:

  • draft the contract to make sure the terms are appropriate and reasonable
  • help you complete the disclosure documents
  • check the contract of sale before you sign it.

They will deal with the buyer (or their solicitor) to:

  • fix any problems that came up in pre-settlement inspections
  • handle receipt of your final payment on settlement day
  • transfer the property title from the you to the buyer.


If you want to make a complaint about your solicitor, contact the Legal Services Commission.

Last updated
31 August 2016
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