Do You Need a Solicitor When Buying a House in Qld?

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Absolutely! In Queensland, having a solicitor when buying a house is not just a good idea; it’s a legal requirement. Unlike other states and territories where you can use a licensed conveyancer, Queensland law mandates that a solicitor handle all property transactions.

What exactly does a solicitor DO during the home-buying process?

Contract Review

Before you consider signing that contract, your solicitor will meticulously review every clause, ensuring it’s fair, accurate, and protects your interests. They’ll advise you of potential risks, negotiate better terms if necessary, and ensure there aren’t any unexpected issues later on.

Searches & Enquiries

Think of your solicitor as your property detective. They’ll conduct a range of searches to uncover any hidden issues, like:

  • Title searches: Confirming the seller’s ownership of the property and checking for encumbrances or caveats.
  • Local council searches: Identifying any restrictions on land use, zoning issues, outstanding rates, or environmental concerns.
  • Building and pest inspections: Ensuring the property is structurally sound and free of pests like termites.


Your solicitor will coordinate with the seller’s solicitor, your lender (if applicable), and relevant government authorities to ensure a smooth settlement. They’ll prepare the necessary legal documents, calculate adjustments and final payments, and ensure the property’s title is properly transferred into your name.

Beyond the Basics

Depending on your situation, your solicitor may also:

  • Assist with arranging building and pest inspections on your behalf.
  • Advise on the most appropriate property ownership structure (e.g. joint tenants, tenants in common).
  • Review and advise on body corporate disclosure statements if purchasing a unit or townhouse.
  • Liaise with your lender to ensure finance approval and readiness for settlement.

Also read: Are Property Lawyer And Conveyancer The Same: A Complete Comparison

Can’t I just handle the conveyancing myself to save money? 

Unlike some other states, Queensland law requires a solicitor for all property transactions. Attempting to do it yourself can lead to costly mistakes, delays, or even invalidating the sale. Engage a qualified solicitor to save stress and ensure legal compliance.

Also read: Conveyancer vs Solicitor in Australian Estate Planning: Which One Do You Need?

How do I find the right solicitor for my Queensland house purchase?

Your solicitor isn’t just another service provider – they’re your trusted advisor, your advocate, and your guide through a complex legal process. So, how do you find the one who’s right for you? Here are a few tips:

  1. Specialisation Matters: Look for a solicitor specialising in property law and conveyancing, with in-depth knowledge of Queensland’s unique requirements.
  2. Experience Counts: Choose an experienced solicitor with a proven track record to navigate any unexpected challenges.
  3. Get Referrals: Ask friends, family, or colleagues who’ve recently bought property in Queensland for their recommendations. Their firsthand experiences can be invaluable in finding a solicitor you can trust.
  4. Check Reviews & Testimonials: Check online reviews and testimonials to gauge the solicitor’s reputation and client satisfaction. Look for patterns in the feedback to gauge their strengths and weaknesses.
  5. Compare Costs: Don’t be afraid to shop around and get quotes from different solicitors. While cost shouldn’t be the sole deciding factor, it’s important to understand their fee structure and ensure it aligns with your budget.
  6. The Right Fit: Remember, you’ll work closely with your solicitor throughout the buying process. Choose someone you feel comfortable with, who communicates clearly, and who takes the time to answer your questions.
  7. Queensland Law Society Referral Service: Consider the Queensland Law Society’s free referral service to find solicitors specialising in property law.

Also read: What Laws Do Real Estate Agents Have to Abide by in Qld: Everything You Need to Know

A Change of Course: From Buying a Property Personally to Tapping Walker Pender’s Conveyancing Services

A prospective client initially wanted to handle the conveyancing process for their Queensland property purchase independently. Recognising the potential risks and legal intricacies involved in DIY conveyancing in Queensland, we at Walker Pender offered a complimentary consultation to explore their options.

During this discussion, we clarified the statutory requirements, potential pitfalls, and the value of professional legal guidance. This fostered a deeper understanding of the process, ultimately leading the client to entrust Walker Pender with their conveyancing needs, ensuring a seamless transaction.

Ensure a Smooth Property Journey in Queensland

At Walker Pender, we understand the importance of expert legal guidance in Queensland property transactions. Our experienced property solicitors offer comprehensive conveyancing services to ensure a smooth and legally sound process. Contact us today for a free consultation and experience the difference of having seasoned professionals on your side.

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