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Kirk | 06 Jan 2013, 05:06 PM Agree 0
I am purchasing a property to live in and the seller has gone into hospital. The lawyers have said their fees are jumping from $900 to $1600 because they have to go take the transfer papers to her to sign them. I was wondering if I can do anything about this as it is something I believe I shouldn't be put out of pocket for?

Any help or advise would be much appreciated as I am not very experienced with this sort of thing.

Thanks.
  • Maddie | 09 Jan 2013, 11:43 PM Agree 0
    That is ridiculous. 700 extra to drive to a hospital? Is it interstate?
    Nope. Offer to pay the cab fare (and ask for receipts). A couple of hundred maybe, but not almost double. I would negotiate, or call these guys, and see what you can do:
    http://www.complaintline.com.au/legal_practitioner.html#anchor553148
  • Eos Property | 11 Jan 2013, 11:24 AM Agree 0
    Are the lawyers acting for you and the vendor?

    Normally the vendors lawyers would deal with the vendor and your lawyers with you.

    Irrespective of this - the vendor is the one who should be wearing the additional costs and not you.
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