Williams Boxsell Georgas, Lawyers specialises in fixed fee conveyancing of residential and commercial properties, small business law, commercial and retail leases, buying and selling businesses, wills and probate. We are a two partner firm with combined experience of the partners, John Boxsell and Con Georgas of over 50 years. Our staff are experienced conveyancing paralegals.
We provide a quality conveyancing and small business law service where each matter is under the control of a qualified solicitor who is a partner assisted by our experienced staff.
Residential conveyancing is our main area of practice. We offer experience and an established conveyancing system at a fixed fee. Our fees cover all disbursements, sundries, and agency fees. We have found one of the biggest complaints in the past with legal fees is the "extras" which appear on the bill. Once we have quoted you a figure, that will be it. We aim to be completely transparent with our conveyancing costs.
Basically, our fixed fee for conveyancing for a normal residential purchase is $1,475.00 for a property purchase up to a value of $2,000,000.00 and a sale is normally $1,250.00 plus the cost of Land Titles Office documents which must be annexed to the contract [usually about $100 for most properties but may be more if your property is within a community or neighbourhood scheme or if your property is within a large strata title unit development [this is because such titles often have a high number of Land Titles Office documents which have to be annexed to the contract]. For a purchase, this does not include inspections such as pest or building reports or strata reports (in other words, reports done by other non legal specialists). It does not include registration fees. It does include what are commonly understood as searches and enquiries or "disbursements" and it includes GST. As at 1 June 2012, a combined Pest and Building Report can be arranged for $495.00 inclusive of GST. A Strata Report can be arranged for $260.00 inclusive of GST for strata schemes up to 50 units. A larger strata scheme with more than 50 units is slightly more expensive.
Other matters to consider are a Survey ($600.00 inclusive of GST) and a Council Building Certificate inspection (generally $230.00 but varies with some Councils). The need for these can be discussed with you. A survey will precisely identify the boundaries of the property and the location of the improvements within those boundaries. A Building Certificate is obtained if there are concerns about the legality of the structures on the property such as additions, structural changes, conversions (garages to rumpus rooms/attic areas are examples), decks and retaining walls.
IF YOU ARE ABOUT TO BUY A PROPERTY, SEE OUR "BUYING A PROPERTY" page
A sale is initially costed at $275.00 inclusive of GST plus Land Titles Office document costs (see above comments about Land Titles document costs) to prepare a contract with the balance payable if and when the sale proceeds. Many sales do not proceed beyond the contract preparation stage. This is the reason we price a sale in two stages. The sale costs include contract attachments (basic zoning certificate, drainage diagram and land titles documents).
IF YOU ARE ABOUT TO SELL A PROPERTY, SEE OUR "SELLING A PROPERTY" page.
Our charges for commercial properties will depend on the complexity of the matter. For example, the size of the property and whether there are a number of existing leases to be taken over or if the property is held under company title.
Small Business Law
We provide small business services in the area of buying or selling of businesses, leases, small business litigation, debt recovery, property development transactions and associated matters.
Wills and Probate
We provide will preparation and advice services, estate administration and advice re entitlements in estates (such as under the Succession Act rights to challenge a will). See our ABOUT WILLS page.