The role of a conveyancer is to convey, or transfer ownership, of real estate, from one party to another. In addition to preparing the legal documentation to facilitate the change of ownership, conveyancers co-ordinate all parties involved in the settlement to enable a smooth transaction. Other parties may include; lending institutions, caveators, real estate agents and government departments. In essence the role of the conveyancer is to protect the interests of the party for whom they are acting (i.e. the seller, the buyer, or both parties). The relevant authorities will be notified of the change of ownership during the process, together with all the accounting and payment/adjustment of the charges that run with the property. Enquiries will also be conducted to ensure the property is not encumbered in a way that effects the desired property use, or whether any outstanding orders or requisitions exist with the local authority.