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We know that reaching out for legal advice can be daunting and navigating the legal system can be frustrating and time consuming so we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions for you to browse through in your own time.
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WHAT IS A WILL AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST FOR STACEY McALLAN LEGAL TO PREPARE MY WILL?
2020 /2021 Preparation Fees:
Single standard Will: $330.00* plus GST.
*A non-standard Will with specific, additional clause inclusions will incur a higher fee. Please note our professional fees are reviewed regularly and may change without notice.
WHERE SHOULD I KEEP MY WILL?
DOES GETTING MARRIED OR DIVORCED EFFECT MY WILL?
HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO REVISE MY WILL?
Throughout your life, it’s important to review your Will to make sure your instructions remain relevant and reflective of your circumstances, particularly big changes (i.e. if you get married, after the birth of a child or the loss of a spouse).
I NEED TO CHOOSE AN EXECUTOR OF MY WILL. WHAT DO THEY DO?
DO I HAVE TO USE A SOLICITOR TO MAKE MY WILL?
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DIE WITHOUT A WILL?
WHEN SHOULD I MAKE A WILL?
I’M BUYING / SELLING A PROPERTY. DO I NEED A PROPERTY LAWYER?
It’s important that you have an experienced Property Lawyer advising you on what is in your best interests. Make sure you surround yourself with experienced advisors who have your best interests at heart. People you respect and trust to help guide you through the process and who can sweat the small stuff for you.
WHAT WILL MY PROPERTY LAWYER DO FOR ME?
Represent your interests with a real estate agent, banker or vendor
Prepare legal documentation and/or clarify documentation such as contact of sale
Provide legal advice
Research property and certificate of title
Check for easements and other information you need
Oversee trust monies and keep track of deposits
Attend to the exchange of contracts
Calculate rates and taxes
Arrange property settlement and attend to the transfer of your property.
WHAT IDENTIFICATION DO I NEED TO PROVIDE?
We will ask you to provide your original birth certificate or original, valid passport, current drivers licence, and Medicare card at the first meeting. These will all need to be original documents. If your name has changed due to marriage, we will also need to see your original marriage certificate. It’s important to stress that copies won’t do.
HOW LONG DOES THE CONVEYANCING PROCESS TAKE?
HOW MUCH SHOULD I BUDGET?
For a standard property purchase with a sale price under $500,000.00, we apply a fixed fee of $1,000.00 plus GST and the cost of any searches we need to do.
If the transfer is non-residential or the sale price of the property is above $500,000.00 please ask us for a customised quote.