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Category: Conveyancing & Property Law


A guide to the importance of pre-purchase inspections when purchasing property in NSW

Pre-purchase property inspections NSW

When purchasing property in NSW, it's important to take steps before exchanging contracts, including if purchasing at auction or where no cooling off period applies, to ensure you know the property and how you are going to purchase it.
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Electronic witnessing of legal documents is here to stay in NSW

Electronic witnessing of legal documents is here to stay

The remote witnessing of important legal documents such as Wills, Statutory Declarations and Affidavits over audio-visual link technology is now here to stay in NSW!
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Explore the processes for transferring a property to a surviving spouse in the event of death

Transferring property to a spouse or partner after death

If you own property in NSW and intend for the title in the property to pass to your spouse in the event of your death, the process of ensuring this occurs is different depending on how the property is owned
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Paper certificates of title abolished in NSW from October 2021

NSW paper Certificates of Titles abolished October 2021

As part of the transition to an entirely electronic conveyancing system, the NSW Government abolished all paper Certificates of Title in New South Wales on 11 October 2021.
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When I purchase property, at what point will stamp duty be due?

At what point of my NSW property transaction will stamp duty be payable?

Stamp duty (now called transfer duty in NSW) is a tax imposed by the NSW Government upon the transfer of the title to the property from a Vendor to a Purchaser. In this blog, we look at when NSW stamp duty is payable on property transactions for both commercial and residential properties.
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Things you need to consider when adding your partner to your property title.

Stamp duty exemptions when transferring property to include a partner or spouse

If you own property in NSW in only your name, it may be possible to add your spouse or partner to the title of the property without incurring stamp duty. This blog is intended to explore some of the important considerations before you proceed further with adding your partner to the title.
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Signing an unconditional contract for the purchase of property comes with risks

The risks of rushing to unconditional exchange of contracts

When purchasing a property by negotiation there can often be an urgency to exchange contracts quickly in order to secure the property at the price agreed and to lock out any other potential purchasers. This can be fraught with risks for the purchaser.
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At what point should I engage a lawyer when buying or selling property?

Buying or selling property in NSW – when to involve your lawyer

The number of things you need to consider when buying or selling residential property can be intimidating, particularly when it is your first time buying or selling, or if it has been a long time since you last went through it.
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How is land tax treated on property held in a trust?

Land tax liability when property is held in a trust

If property is held in a trust, then depending on the type of trust, there are different rules and requirements in respect of how land tax is treated.
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Co-ownership agreements when buying property jointly

Do you need a property co-ownership agreement?

With the rising cost of housing, particularly in Sydney, situations of co-ownership of property between multiple persons are becoming more common. In this article, we look at seven scenarios where having a co-ownership agreement in place could be beneficial.
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Who pays land tax in NSW?

Who pays land tax and how is it calculated?

Many people have received correspondence from Revenue NSW with an invoice for multiples years of land tax because they did not know they were liable for land tax and had not registered. Find out if you have to pay and how much you might have to pay.
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Tax changes for discretionary trusts NSW

Tax changes for Discretionary Trusts after 31 December 2020

If your Discretionary Trust holds or acquires residential land in NSW after 31 December 2020 then your trust will be liable to surcharge duty and surcharge land tax if you do not amend your Trust Deed before 31 December 2020.
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