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Property | Mortgages

Property and mortgage related work is often technical and time critical and combined with ever-increasing time and cost pressures it is not surprising these areas are each a major source of claims. These areas usually involve a client’s most valuable asset and so the stakes are high.  Together property and mortgage claims accounted for 33 per cent of LPLC’s total claims cost in the 2015/16 insurance year.

Property and mortgage practitioners need to be aware of the risks involved in these areas of practice and put in place systems and processes to help manage them. 

LIV has prepared four conveyancing checklists to assist practitioners manage conveyancing files as well as other numerous articles and publications set out below.


 

1 October 2018

In Check Issue 80 | September 2018

Table of contentsConveyancing claims in 2017-18New conveyancing initiativesElectronic conveyancing deadline – 1 October 2018Sunset provisions in residential off the plan contractsGST Withholding provisionsSmall business definition now $450,000Risk management seminarsWhat’s new on LPLC’s websiteChanging your email address? Conveyancing claims in 2017-18 Conveyancing claims accounted for over 30 per cent of the cost of claims in the […]

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28 June 2018

In Check Issue 79 | June 2018

New requirements for some purchasers to withhold GST – 1 July 2018 From 1 July 2018 purchasers of certain new residential premises and potential residential land will be required to withhold the goods and services tax (GST) and pay it to the Australian Tax Office (ATO). Vendors of residential premises or potential residential land must […]

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1 May 2018

Post mortem risk management

Good risk management includes analysing mistakes and learning from them. IWhat has a post mortem examination to do with risk management? A doctor conducting a post mortem thoroughly examines the deceased to try to determine the cause and manner of death. The results are also useful for research and educational purposes. Consider doing a post […]

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1 April 2018

Conveyancing claims on the rise

What risk management practices are you doing to avoid a conveyancing claim? In 2016/17 LPLC received 127 conveyancing claims and notifications which represented approximately 30 per cent of all claims and notifications received that year. The cost is currently estimated to be in excess of $10 million. This represents an increase in both the number […]

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27 March 2017

In Check Issue 74 | March 2017

Table of contentsWhat is new on LPLC’s website?What is happening in cyber risk?Are you ready for the DBDRV?Common GST questions – GST and adjustments for sale of commercial property2017 Risk Management seminars2017/18 Insurance renewalsLaw Institute Journal articles What is new on LPLC’s website? Cyber security page We have a new risk management page dedicated to […]

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4 September 2018

Retrospective changes proposed for residential ‘off the plan’ sunset clauses

Download PDF Table of contentsRetrospective changes proposed for residential ‘off the plan’ sunset clausesSunset clauses – details of the proposed amendmentsRetrospectivity trap for practitionersWhat you should do nowOther legislative changes proposed in the bill Retrospective changes proposed for residential ‘off the plan’ sunset clauses The Sale of Land Act Amendment Bill 2018 (Vic) (the bill) […]

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25 June 2018

Security warning for PEXA users

Recent news reports and emails from PEXA have described a fraud involving the PEXA workspace. Any users of the PEXA workspace need to read this bulletin for tips on how to avoid this happening to them. The fraudster appears to have gained access to a subscriber’s email account and intercepted a change of password email […]

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11 July 2017

Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cwlth) – background and key concepts

Published March 2012 – updated July 2017 The Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cwlth) (PPS Act) commenced on 30 January 2012. Since then LPLC has received claims every year for mistakes by practitioners in dealing with PPS Act issues. This bulletin contains background information about the PPS Act and key concepts. Table of contentsBackgroundKey conceptsSecurity […]

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10 July 2017

Amended CGT withholding payments for options, company title interests and indirect Australian real property transactions

Download PDF Published July 2016 – updated July 2017 The bulletin contains information on the withholding requirements which commenced on 1 July 2016 as amended in June 2017 by the Treasury Laws Amendment (Foreign Resident Capital Gains Withholding Payments) Act 2017 (Cwlth). This bulletin focuses on: options and rights to acquire company title interests indirect […]

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10 July 2017

1 July 2017 amended CGT withholding payments for real property sales

Published June 2016 – updated July 2017 Table of contentsKey pointsIntroductionBackgroundKey obligationsExceptionsAssets which are caughtMarket valueWhat to do when acting for a vendorWhat to do when acting for a purchaserATO forms and information Key points Amended withholding requirements for contracts of sale of real estate worth $750,000 or more from 1 July 2017. All purchasers […]

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16 November 2018

When seven years isn’t long enough

How long should you keep your file after a matter has concluded? Some practitioners routinely destroy files seven years after closure with client authorisation. In some instances experience tells us you should keep files for longer, especially where a cause of action can accrue more than six years after the retainer has ended. Retaining files […]

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9 November 2018

Addition to Local Govt. Act 1989 (Vic): potential effects of cladding rectification agreements and charges on land

  New service charges may be placed on land pursuant to a new part 8B in the Local Government Act 1989 (Vic) inserted by the Building Amendment (Registration of Building Trades and Other Matters) Act 2018 (Vic). The new part came into operation on 30 October 2018 and provides for: councils to enter into agreements […]

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26 October 2018

Fraudsters: don’t let them in!

If a complete stranger appeared at your door and invited themselves into your home, would you let them in? Probably not. Then why do so many people open the door to cyber-criminals on their computers? A common misconception is that most cyber-crimes involve hacking: the use of computer technologies to gain access to computers and […]

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19 October 2018

Be sure before disbursing trust money

When acting as stakeholder, you need to check that any conditions for disbursing the money have been strictly met and keep appropriate documentary evidence. In one claim, a practitioner acted for a company that was to be nominated by an affiliate as the purchaser of a property for development. The client needed to raise capital […]

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12 October 2018

Go back and check!

When drafting documents to formalise previously agreed arrangements, how careful are you to go back and review your client’s instructions and relevant documents such as heads of agreement? Relying on your memory or making assumptions is fraught with risk. In one claim, a practitioner drew a suite of documents for the seller of a business […]

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7 May 2018

Key Risk Checklist: Sale of land – questions for the vendor

Sale of land – questions for the vendor   Instructions ☐  Please circle yes or no as applicable. ☐  Please provide the additional information as indicated e.g. a copy of your title(s). ☐  If you do not know the answer or are unable to provide the additional information please insert the words ‘not known’. ☐ […]

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18 December 2017

Key Risk Checklist: Electronic property transactions – office management

Electronic property transactions – office management checklist Office policy content Below is a list of issues to consider when writing your office policy and recommended responses. ☐  Who will hold a digital signature? The digital signature is embedded in a USB. Preferably only partners have digital signatures. ☐  How a digital signature’s USB and pin […]

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18 December 2017

Key Risk Checklist: Electronic property transactions

Electronic property transactions – matter checklist ☐  Is there an electronic transaction clause in the contract? ☐  Discussed with the client whether the conveyance can be done electronically or on paper. – Land Use Victoria has announced that all transaction will be electronic by August 2019. ☐  Client told consequences of conducting electronically. Any paper […]

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12 December 2017

Key Risk Checklist: Solicitor’s certificates for borrowers or surety providers

Updated: December 2017 Solicitor’s certificates for borrowers or surety providers ☐  Allocate only one person in the office to give solicitor’s certificates. ☐  Confine the provision of a solicitor’s certificate to existing clients. ☐  Where the client receives the security documents before you, request they send you the documents well in advance of your meeting […]

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16 August 2017

Key Risk Checklist – Conveyancing resources

    LPLC Resources Comments Checklists: Sale of land – questions for the vendor Purchase of land – questions for the purchaser Property websites and comments Tax issues GST LPLC Face to face verification of identity checklist LPLC has posted numerous blogs about property law issues. Our blogs can be searched by area of law. Subscribe […]

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24 July 2018

Keep managing mortgage risk

Table of contentsAdditional mortgage downloadsIntroductionAmadio claimsImprovident transactionsMortgage fraudNo or inadequate securityAdvice on equity release productsLPLC Checklist: Advice on equity release productsTaking instructionsThe effect of the transactionIssues of duressLPLC Amadio ChecklistAppendix OneAppendix TwoAppendix ThreeAppendix FourAppendix FiveAppendix Six Additional mortgage downloads Solicitor’s Certificate – Direct Borrower Solicitor’s Certificate – Third Party, Guarantor etc Translator’s Certificate Client acknowledgement […]

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24 April 2018

Avoiding superannuation claims

Table of contentsIntroductionCommon themesSuperannuation related claims from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2017Areas of lawSuperannuation checklistAppendix one Introduction Every year LPLC sees claims involving superannuation funds. Claims sometimes arise because the practitioner does not have sufficient knowledge or experience with superannuation matters. Practitioners who regularly act in this area will agree that extensive expertise […]

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6 November 2017

Looking after leases

Table of contentsIntroductionThe best risk managementThe problem areasPPS ActRetail leases and essential safety measuresLPLC Tenant’s Practitioner ChecklistLPLC Landlord’s Practitioner ChecklistAppendix OneAppendix Two Introduction Looking after leases contains details of claims, relevant cases and legislation affecting retail leases. It is designed to raise your awareness of common problems in commercial and retail lease transactions, and help you […]

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25 September 2017

Claim free conveyancing

Additional conveyancing download: Default notice Table of contentsIntroductionThe causesThe most common mistakesLPLC Vendor’s Practitioner ChecklistLPLC Purchaser’s Practitioner ChecklistAppendix One: Suggested form of letter to client if requested to prepare a section 32 statement in a hurryAppendix Two: Owner builder obligationsAppendix Three: Rescission NoticeAppendix Four: Owners corporation certificate issues Introduction Claim free conveyancing has been produced […]

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11 May 2017

Know your limits

Table of contentsIntroductionLessons from the claimsTime limits most commonly missedClaims examples Introduction With the proliferation of time limits in legislation today missing limitation dates is a mistake that occurs in many areas of the law. The reasons for missing time limits are varied as are the potential repercussions. Sometimes it is a lack of knowledge […]

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6 April 2018

Risk video bite – Drafting

Presenter: Matthew Rose, Risk Manager, LPLC

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2 March 2018

Risk video bite – Conveyancing

Presenter: Phillip Nolan, Risk Manager, LPLC

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28 July 2015

Risk video bite – Engagement letters – what you will do and what you won’t

Presenter: Miranda Milne, Chief  Executive Officer, LPLC

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5 May 2015

Risk video bite | Solicitor’s certificates – why are you borrowing the money?

Presenter: Justin Toohey, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, LPLC

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24 March 2015

Risk video bite | Risks of intra-family transfers

Presenter: Miranda Milne, Chief Executive Officer, LPLC

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4 September 2018

Retrospective changes proposed for residential ‘off the plan’ sunset clauses

Download PDF Table of contentsRetrospective changes proposed for residential ‘off the plan’ sunset clausesSunset clauses – details of the proposed amendmentsRetrospectivity trap for practitionersWhat you should do nowOther legislative changes proposed in the bill Retrospective changes proposed for residential ‘off the plan’ sunset clauses The Sale of Land Act Amendment Bill 2018 (Vic) (the bill) […]

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15 August 2018

Vendor/supplier GST withholding notice

There is no prescribed form for section 14-255 supplier GST withholding notice. Below is a suggested form of notice practitioners are welcome to use or adapt.Page two of the notice contains some notes for its use.   Vendor_supplier GST withholding notice(PDF Version) | Vendor_supplier GST withholding notice(Word Version)    

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21 December 2017

File note – meeting to advise about a guarantee

This file note is designed to be used by practitioners when they are advising third party guarantors and providing a solicitor’s certificate of their advice. Practitioners should review the file note template with the guarantee and/or mortgage documents before meeting with the client and make any necessary additions or changes to the typed file note […]

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