PROPERTY LAW & CONVEYANCING

Property Law & Conveyancing

Conveyancing Solicitor Serving
Launceston, TAS and the Surrounding Areas

Your property is one of the most expensive investments you will make, so you need someone who is trained and experienced to protect it. There are numerous legal requirements to be met and many pitfalls to avoid. Bishops Barristers & Solicitors give you the peace of mind of knowing that we’ll watch out for your rights and resolve risks and dangers. Our knowledgeable and friendly team will handle your transaction with dedication and efficiency, ensuring your hard-earned savings are secure. 

Conveyancing is not merely a matter of paper shuffling. The whole land registration system is built on the Law of Property, which has evolved over many hundreds of years.  Certainly licenced conveyancers can prepare and shuffle papers, but lawyers have spent many years studying the law at University, and depending on experience, in the practice of law.

We handle transactions involving the following:
  • Houses 
  • Units
  • Hotels
  • Office blocks
  • Resorts
  • Abattoirs
  • Co-operatives
  • Farming estates 
  • Tree farms
  • Aircraft
  • Ships
  • Marine chandlery
  • Property development (subdivisions and leasing)
Our philosophy is to excel in the conveyancing market through exceptional service with a friendly attitude. Your transaction is important to us, so we offer you first-class personal service. If you are a first-time home buyer, we will help you apply for the First Home Owners Grant. If you need finance, we can refer you to helpful and respected people across a wide range of lending bodies. If your transaction requires additional clauses, we endeavour to draft or approve these as quickly as possible. With every property case we take on, we do everything possible to ensure you are taken care of. 

We also specialise in stamp duty, capital gains tax, GST and foreign investment advice. Call us to discuss your property law and conveyancing needs today.
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Frequently Asked Questions 

What are the rates of property stamp duty?

Duty (a state government tax) is payable on transfers and transactions effecting transfers of land (real property) and other dutiable property. It is crucial to note that the purchaser is responsible for payment of the duty within three months of the date of transfer or if the transfer is effected by a written instrument, within three months of when the instrument is first executed. Stamp duty is an extra cost that must be provided for when calculating the overall price of any property you are considering purchasing. As stamp duty rates are subject to legislative changes from time to time we have provided a convenient speed link to the stamp duty calculator on the website of the State Revenue Office which controls stamp duty. You may also contact Bishops staff directly as they will happily assist you to calculate your overall costs in any transaction. 

What do your conveyancing fees pay for?

Bishops’ conveyancing fees give you value for money and are highly competitive. Our informed and highly experienced conveyancers offer a first-class service with the benefit of having all the resources of a highly respected and experienced law firm law firm behind them. You will receive considerate and friendly service, the guidance and support of highly experienced conveyancers and the timely and professional completion of your settlement.

Our fee is your insurance premium against unexpected consequences. Our searches and advice will provide you with the information you need to ensure security and peace of mind. Bishops has competitive costs and disbursements. The Law Society of Tasmania has a recommended scale of charges for the conveyancing of property based on the price of your property. All property purchases are also subject to stamp duty which is based on a percentage of the purchase price (see above). This government duty charge must be taken into account in your overall purchase costs. To assist you in determining an indicative costs for stamp duty (plus GST) we have provided a quick calculator

The other fees paid to government bodies usually amount to approximately $400.00 when purchasing and $250.00 when selling. You are welcome to call for estimations from our friendly staff prior to purchasing.  

What if my contract is already signed? 

Ask your real estate agent to fax a copy of the contract to us on (03) 6334 0996 for our Launceston Office.

What if I am about to sign a contract or go to auction?

If you are preparing to go to auction we can assist in advance with advice regarding the auction contract. If you are contemplating buying and are presented with a contract you don't understand we are more than willing to assist with interpretation and provide advice specific to your circumstances. Call us at our Launceston Office on (03) 6334 1667 or email us.

What are the exact costs going to be?

Call Bishops and ask for one of our friendly conveyancers who will be delighted to advise you of the costs involved in effectively managing a property conveyance.

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