Real Estate Law

We can take the stress out of buying and selling property. Our expert conveyancing lawyers are experts in property law.

How much does a lawyer cost?

Use our online calculator to estimate the cost of a lawyer.

Cost of a Lawyer

How our lawyers can help

Residential Conveyancing

Whether you are buying a new home, selling your existing home or investing in a property, we will guide you through every step of the process.

Commercial Conveyancing

Our property lawyers will guide you through the commercial conveyancing process always putting your best interests first.

Boundary Disputes

Boundary disputes have the potential to develop into more serious disputes and may trigger significant liability or costs.

Commercial Leases

From drafting leases to resolving disputes our business lawyers are experts in commercial lease agreements.

We can help you with your real estate needs

Forge Legal’s lawyers are specialists in all areas of real estate and property law and can assist you with all real estate related legal matters.

Watch Now

Frequently asked questions

You might be able to cut your neighbour’s tree branch back to your property’s boundary line, however you should ask their permission first as they may offer to cut the branch themselves. By asking your neighbour first, this reduces the likelihood of a dispute occurring if they find out you have taken matters into your own hands before raising it with them. If you have decided to cut the branch yourself, ensure the tree is not subject to a preservation order, ensure you have accurately determined where your boundary line is, and give your neighbour the branch or dispose of it with their consent.
If your neighbour has accused you of encroaching on their land, there are steps you can take to resolve the issue and avoid a bad altercation. You should firstly speak with your neighbour and listen to their concerns about the encroachment onto their property. It might then be helpful to have a surveyor discern where each of your boundaries are and map them accurately. These steps are helpful in clearing up any confusion so you and your neighbour are both aware of where your land begins and ends.
The Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011 does not apply to disputes around all types of fences. The laws do not apply to fences around pools, state plantation forests, cropping land larger than half a hectare or any unallocated state lands.
commercial property. This may include office space, retail space or industrial property.
Once you have signed your contract, it becomes legally binding and the sale of the property will proceed. After the settlement has been carried out by the buyer and the seller, and the cooling period has finished, the sale must go ahead.
If you are the seller of the commercial property, once settlement is complete, the money received from the sale of the property will be placed into your account. Your legal representative will notify you when the change of ownership has occurred. The bank will give you a breakdown of your loan payments, interest and penalties which needed to be paid to finalise your mortgage debt.
Some people choose to take on the residential conveyancing process themselves, however it would be in your best interests to seek legal assistance to help you navigate the process. Lawyers and solicitors understand all of the legal requirements to buy and sell a house, and they can take on the more complicated matters such as negotiations with government entities or ensuring documentation is properly signed.
Issues may arise in any type of legal process, which is why it is important to have a legal representative during the residential conveyancing process, as they will be well equipped to handle any issues that arise. The issues that may occur on settlement day could relate to lack of communication, inability to make the selected appointment, documents that are missing or bank errors.
Given that commercial leases can span at least 30 pages in length, it is important to allow sufficient time to fully consider the lease’s contents and to obtain legal advice before you commit. You may also be able to negotiate the terms of a lease if you are not satisfied with the proposed terms.
Depending on the terms of a lease, a landlord may be able to recover financial damages or compensation if a lease is breached, such as outstanding rent, any future loss of rent, costs incurred due to the breach such as legal fees and any unpaid interest on outstanding rent.

Our award-winning lawyers

Hayley Kennedy Family Lawyer

Hayley Kennedy

Hayley delivers expert legal advice across all areas of Family Law and Wills and Estates, also providing advice in many areas of Property Law, Civil Disputes and Criminal Law.

Tracey McMillan Family Lawyer

Tracey McMillan

Tracey is direct and strategic but compassionate. Tracey goes the extra mile and genuinely takes each of her matters to heart, treating them as if she were representing her own family.

Cameron Martin Divorce Lawyer

Cameron Martin

Cameron is a passionate family lawyer and gets great satisfaction from assisting his clients through and after separation. He also practices in domestic violence, criminal and traffic law.

Trusted by thousands of clients

With Forge, it’s all about the customer. What I see there is a team of people who go above and beyond. That is what makes it special.

Dale Ristovski

Forge care about people’s needs. They want to be involved and they want to care what your situation is.

Peter Talbot

A legal firm that’s willing to treat you like a human. Forge made me feel like everything was going to be all right.

Stephen Pastor

Very impressed. The expertise and consultation was far better than I’ve ever experienced before.

Cherelle Swann

I was fortunate to use Forge who dealt with my family situation with professionalism and compassion.

Emmanuel Sakellaris

I made a great choice to go with Forge Legal.

Cam Brooks

If you need a law firm that actually cares and does not treat you like a number, I highly recommend Forge Legal.

Craig Clarke

Need to talk to a lawyer?

Please contact us to find out more about how our award-winning and respected lawyers can make a positive difference in your life.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Your enquiry is confidential

[gravityforms id=16]
<div class='gf_browser_unknown gform_wrapper gravity-theme dfx-session-form_wrapper' id='gform_wrapper_16' > <div class='gform_heading'> <h2 class="gform_title">Free 10 Min Session</h2> <span class='gform_description'></span> </div><form method='post' enctype='multipart/form-data' id='gform_16' class='dfx-session-form' action='/real-estate-law/' > <div class='gform_body gform-body'><div id='gform_fields_16' class='gform_fields top_label form_sublabel_below description_below'><fieldset id="field_16_1" class="gfield gfield_contains_required field_sublabel_hidden_label field_description_below hidden_label gfield_visibility_visible" ><legend class='gfield_label gfield_label_before_complex' >Name<span class="gfield_required"><span class="gfield_required gfield_required_text">(Required)</span></span></legend><div class='ginput_complex ginput_container no_prefix has_first_name no_middle_name has_last_name no_suffix gf_name_has_2 ginput_container_name' id='input_16_1'> <span id='input_16_1_3_container' class='name_first' > <input type='text' name='input_1.3' id='input_16_1_3' value='' aria-label='First name' aria-required='true' placeholder='First Name' /> <label for='input_16_1_3' class='hidden_sub_label screen-reader-text'>First</label> </span> <span id='input_16_1_6_container' class='name_last' > <input type='text' name='input_1.6' id='input_16_1_6' value='' aria-label='Last name' aria-required='true' placeholder='Last Name' /> <label for='input_16_1_6' class='hidden_sub_label screen-reader-text'>Last</label> </span> </div></fieldset><div id="field_16_2" class="gfield gfield--width-half gfield_contains_required field_sublabel_below field_description_below hidden_label gfield_visibility_visible" ><label class='gfield_label' for='input_16_2' >Phone<span class="gfield_required"><span class="gfield_required gfield_required_text">(Required)</span></span></label><div class='ginput_container ginput_container_phone'><input name='input_2' id='input_16_2' type='text' value='' class='large' placeholder='Phone' aria-required="true" aria-invalid="false" /></div></div><div id="field_16_3" class="gfield gfield--width-half field_sublabel_below field_description_below hidden_label gfield_visibility_visible" ><label class='gfield_label' for='input_16_3' >Area of Law</label><div class='ginput_container ginput_container_select'><select name='input_3' id='input_16_3' class='large gfield_select' aria-invalid="false" ><option value='' selected='selected' class='gf_placeholder'>Please Select</option><option value='Divorce' >Divorce</option><option value='Custody' >Custody</option><option value='Wills' >Wills</option><option value='Family Law' >Family Law</option><option value='Business Law' >Business Law</option><option value='Employment Law' >Employment Law</option><option value='Real Estate Law' >Real Estate Law</option><option value='Other' >Other</option></select></div></div><div id="field_16_4" class="gfield gform_validation_container field_sublabel_below field_description_below gfield_visibility_visible" ><label class='gfield_label' for='input_16_4' >Comments</label><div class='ginput_container'><input name='input_4' id='input_16_4' type='text' value='' /></div><div class='gfield_description' id='gfield_description_16_4'>This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.</div></div></div></div> <div class='gform_footer top_label'> <input type='submit' id='gform_submit_button_16' class='gform_button button' value='Submit' onclick='if(window["gf_submitting_16"]){return false;} window["gf_submitting_16"]=true; ' onkeypress='if( event.keyCode == 13 ){ if(window["gf_submitting_16"]){return false;} window["gf_submitting_16"]=true; jQuery("#gform_16").trigger("submit",[true]); }' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='is_submit_16' value='1' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_submit' value='16' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_unique_id' value='' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='state_16' value='WyJbXSIsIjQzZWI4Mzk1M2NjYTU1NzE0MDA0MTJjODQyZjcwZjE5Il0=' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_target_page_number_16' id='gform_target_page_number_16' value='0' /> <input type='hidden' class='gform_hidden' name='gform_source_page_number_16' id='gform_source_page_number_16' value='1' /> <input type='hidden' name='gform_field_values' value='' /> </div> </form> </div>