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Ask John Carle – Sellers Lawyer

Hello Mr. Carle;

The builder of the house is suggesting that we use their lawyer to complete the sale. Isn’t this a conflict of interest? Or is it OK?

– Kevin

Hi Kevin;

Yes, it does create a conflict of interest. You’re probably OK though, as the conveyancing process is relatively simple. Just keep in mind that if there is a problem you’ll have to get a different lawyer to resolve it because the current lawyer won’t be able to stay impartial.

Also, watch for anything that makes you uncertain or uncomfortable. You may want to seek independent advice on those issues, as the current lawyer probably does a lot of business with the builder.

All the best,

John

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