Real estate is a fast-paced, time sensitive practice area for lawyers. An experienced conveyancer can make everything run smoothly, but for many reasons you may not have the desire or ability to hire a full-time conveyancer to your in-house staff. Perhaps your practice is just getting started, or perhaps you are winding down and not working full-time yourself anymore. Maybe you have a great assistant at your firm, but he or she doesn’t have the time to manage all of the real estate files and everything else you need help with. Maybe you are located in a market where there simply aren’t a lot of experienced conveyancers available to you.
Do you know that a virtual conveyancer can take care of the majority of your needs? A virtual conveyancer can:
- Do title searches
- Review contracts and lender instructions
- Track deadlines
- Call clients to arrange appointment times and confirm information
- Prepare sale documents
- Prepare purchase documents
- Prepare mortgage and lender documents
- Request title insurance
- Prepare Statements of Account
- Prepare final reporting documents
- And so much more!
The main things a virtual conveyancer cannot do are print documents, meet with the client and prepare and sign cheques. Of course the lawyer needs to review all prepared documentation and lender instructions themselves, but having a conveyancer do the initial review and drafting can really help save time.
Depending on the lawyer’s preferred style of practice and office setup there are multiple ways to work with a conveyancer. An in-house assistant can be a go-between, who scans and sends documents to the conveyancer, or the lawyer can make those arrangements. Documents can be shared via server access, project management software or file sharing software, such as Dropbox.