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Q & A

Q: I have a legal issue I want resolved – where do I start?

A: We are an approachable firm ready to discuss any legal issue you have. We welcome you to call us to have a free initial discussion (conditions apply) about your matter with a solicitor, who can advise you as to your options and any course of action available to you, including potential costs and timeframe involved.

Q: How much do you charge?

A: Many areas of law are regulated or 'capped' by legislation, and sometimes some or all of your costs may be payable by another party. We can advise you as to the likelihood of this.

For unregulated areas of law, solicitors will generally charge you an hourly rate for the work they do. The Law Society of NSW requires solicitors to disclose to their client at the commencement of that matter an estimate of the fees and disbursements, or their method for calculating costs ie. their hourly rates.

We welcome you to discuss your matter with a solicitor and when we know the details of your matter, we can then provide you with an idea of the options available to you to address your legal issue, and an estimate of the costs involved.

Q. Isn't it cheaper to use a conveyancer these days instead of a solicitor?

A: Buying a property is a very important financial decision. It is important to ensure that the person who is advising you and handling your matter is a fully qualified solicitor.

Sometimes "Cut Price Conveyancing" really means "Cut Price Service".

At Baldock Stacy & Niven, we take pride in always striving to deliver exceptional service. We suggest that you ask the following questions before you choose who will handle your purchase:

  • Will a fully qualified solicitor handle your conveyancing? Each of the solicitors at Baldock Stacy & Niven has many years of conveyancing experience.
  • During your conveyancing transaction, will you have direct access to your solicitor?
  • Our solicitors are available by telephone or in person to answer your questions.
  • Does the solicitor or conveyancer provide an established office with all the support you need, including safe custody facilities free of charge for your Title Deeds and Wills?
  • Baldock Stacy & Niven has been in existence for over 115 years and provides all these services.

Furthermore, solicitors are trained in succession law and are qualified to prepare wills, power of attorney's and guardianship appointments, whereas conveyancers are not. We believe these documents are essential for anyone buying or selling property, and therefore can provide them, often at a markedly reduced rate, as part of your conveyancing transaction. Your solicitor will look further than your immediate needs, and can view your transaction as part of a bigger picture.