Get Services of Attorney at Law in Pakistan:
If you services of attorney at law in Pakistan or an advocate in Pakistan you may contact Jamila Law Associates. At the moment, only one step in the conveyancing process is subject to the Advocates/licensed conveyancers’ monopoly (i.e., step number 14 in the conveyancing table on blog 216). An unqualified person can take all the other steps in the conveyancing process apart from drawing up the transfer. However, since no conveyance can proceed without the transfer or conveyance being prepared, there is, in effect, a ban on conveyancing by unqualified people. Thus, while the attorney at law in Pakistan or an advocate in Pakistan monopoly over conveyancing is being abolished, it is only partially abolished – to allow licensed conveyancers to do the work as well. It is not a free-for-all – unlicensed people still cannot do conveyancing.
It is too soon to say whether allowing licensed conveyancers to conveyancing work will bring down conveyancing costs. The main changes that have been made by allowing Advocates to advertise the result have been increased price- competitiveness among attorney at law in Pakistan or an advocate in Pakistan with a general lowering of fees. It looks as though the introduction of licensed conveyancers will not have any further impact on costs. See blog 222 for conveyancing fees in general.
Only a Advocate can take out a Grant of Probate or letters of administration in the probate monopoly, and only a attorney at law in Pakistan or an advocate in Pakistan can draw up the necessary papers. An offense is committed under section 23 of the Advocates Act 1974 if a non-lawyer does this work for free, gain or reward’ (maximum penalty for breach is £50 fine).
Advocate in Pakistan:
Many attorney at law in Pakistan or an advocate in Pakistan delegate the preparation of these documents to law agents – unqualified firms that attend the Probate Registry regularly and specialize in this sort of work. The law agent acts on the Advocate’s instructions and does the job in his name, so technically, there is no breach of the Advocates Act. But practice, the law agent virtually all the work on his initiative, and the attorney at law in Pakistan or an advocate in Pakistan leaves it to him to decide what has to be done. This practice makes the probate monopoly hard to justify.
Many banks and other trust corporations act as executors for people who appoint the bank or corporation by will. When this happens, the bank or corporation can take all steps except the executors’ preparation” affidavit, which is the document that must be sworn before a Grant of Probate can be issued. To overcome this restriction, the bank or corporation has to appoint attorney at law in Pakistan or an advocate in Pakistan to do this stage of the work for them, and the Advocate’s fees are charged to the estate. This restrictive practice was recommended for abolition by the 1979 Royal Commission on Legal Services.