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Solicitor’s guarantee certificate

Solicitor’s guarantee certificate

We will give you advice you require in relation to your loan and security documents.

Some financial institutions require borrowers or guarantors to obtain independent legal advice as a condition of their loans. These are commonly required where:

  • parents are guaranteeing their child’s home loan;
  • a person is guaranteeing a loan for the purchase of a property through their Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF);
  • a person is guaranteeing a loan to a family trust;
  • a borrower is contributing less than 20% of the property value; or
  • a person is guaranteeing the debt of their spouse or other family member.

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How we can help you

We will give you advice you require in relation to your loan and security documents.

Solicitor’s Guarantee Certificate

$770 inc GST

We will:

  • review the documents the lender has sent to you (you must give us all of these documents, including the brochures, at least 2 business days before the conference);
  • meet with you in person at our office and advise you in relation to the documents; and
  • provided everything is in order, sign the certificate.

In most cases, we are only able to advise one borrower or one guarantor in relation to a transaction.

Please note:

  • This service is not available by telephone or video conference.
  • This service is not available for advice on complex commercial loans, for people who require an interpreter, or for transactions which involve borrowings over $2 million.
  • Our fixed fee for this service is for one borrower or guarantor for a straightforward loan or guarantee. Additional charges will apply for more complex documents or transactions or if we are acting for multiple parties (where we consider it appropriate to do so). Upon receiving the documents, we will confirm that our fixed fee applies, or inform you of any additional charges.
  • If you require an urgent appointment (and if we can accommodate it), a surcharge may apply.

FAQs

Why is it so expensive to witness my signature?

This service is not about witnessing your signature. We are required to review the loan documents, give you advice and satisfy ourselves that you understand the nature and implications of the transaction. The lender requires us to certify to them that we have done this.

Why do I need the advice?

Many people have a general understanding of what it means to be a guarantor. Nevertheless, in the last few decades, guarantors and borrowers alike have challenged the enforceability of loan documents claiming they didn’t understand them when they signed.

In response, many lenders require borrowers and guarantors to obtain independent legal advice as a condition of advancing monies.

How long will the appointment take?

Generally, one hour.

What information do I need to provide?

You must give us all the documents that the lender has given you – not just the certificate we are being asked to sign. These will usually include the loan, terms and conditions, a mortgage, a guarantee and various disclosure documents.

We must receive these documents at least 2 days before the appointment. They can be delivered, posted or emailed to us.

What do I need to do before the appointment?

Please read the documents and make a list of any questions you have.

If you arrive at the appointment without having read the documents, we will not be able to proceed.

Do I have to sign the documents?

No. If you decide that you are not prepared to sign the loan documents, you aren’t obliged to sign them. The borrower can find another way to secure funding.

Why can you only usually only act for one person?

Lawyers are required to avoid acting for parties who have (or potentially have) conflicting interests.

Where two or more people are borrowing or guaranteeing a loan, their personal interests and financial positions may well result in the potential for a difference in their interests and the advice that should be given. 

As a result, we usually only act for one person in any given transaction.

Can you witness me sign the documents remotely?

Unfortunately we can only offer this service in person at our office and not by telephone or video conference as we are required to meet with you in person to verify your identity and ensure we provide you with advice free from external influence.

Why choose us

Our experienced lawyers provide great service at competitive prices.
01.
Benefit from our experience

We’re a law firm with more than 35 years’ experience in litigation and dispute resolution. From straightforward debt collection to Supreme Court trials, these are core services of our firm.

02.
Excellent value for money

We price our services fairly and transparently. We advertise fixed prices for standard services. Otherwise, we will analyse your requirements before issuing a written quote.

03.
100s of happy clients

Our goal is to anticipate your needs and exceed your expectations. We offer friendly and efficient service. Read what our clients say.

Meet our team

We’re a tight-knit, multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, legal executives, accountants and software developers.  We’re also passionate community leaders, sportspeople, podcasters, musicians, parents… and proud that these interests inform our professional lives.

Legal Practitioner Director
Michael, a seasoned lawyer in Western Australia since 1997, specialises in succession and property law. Having served as a general legal practitioner for over 15 years, Michael represented clients in various matters, both in and out of court and……
Legal Practitioner Director
Nigel leads the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution team and has experience in a wide variety of litigation matters including deceased estate litigation, family provision claims, contractual and construction disputes, trust and property matters. Nigel has an instinctive ability……
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Lucy leads our non-contentious Wills and estates team to provide easy to understand succession and estate administration advice. As well as practising law, she brings together people, technology and processes to design and deliver our innovative legal services. Lucy,……
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Angus joined the team in 2018 as part of the firm’s law cadetship program while studying his juris doctor. He subsequently graduated from UWA with a juris doctor in 2021 and was admitted as a lawyer in April 2022…….
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Anna serves as our adaptive and eager-to-learn Office Administrator, infusing our daily operations with a unique blend of precision and enthusiasm. With a sharp eye for detail and a penchant for efficient office administration, Anna is an integral part……
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Bea joined Birman & Ride in 2023 as part of the firm’s law cadetship program. Having previously spent time in commercial law, family law, and at community legal centres, she is equipped with a diverse skill set, enabling her……

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What our clients say

You’re the best Maya – thank you!
Probate on-the-spot client
April 11, 2024
Awesome work Angus, many thanks, much appreciated.
Get Paid Debt Collection Client
April 9, 2024
Carolina was just amazing in assisting us with our wills! She was so relaxed, organized, confident and patient with us and gave us all the answers to ensure we felt comfortable with our decisions. You are the best!
Karin pedrick
April 8, 2024
[After client finished instalment plan and debt now paid in full]; “Thank you, nice to have another one done and dusted!!”
GPDC client
March 28, 2024
[After getting a time for payment orders in the means inquiry hearing]“Bea… thanks for [your] efforts with this I very happy with the result”.
GPDC client
March 28, 2024
Michael, thank you for your advice to date. It has proven both settling and very helpful in negotiating this most awful time in my life.  
Mr B
March 27, 2024

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