Important News for 2013

New bank account numbers for account payment and trust deposits…new reduced lodging fees…new conveyancing search packages…new online invoice viewing and payments…new instruction templates for your use…

Happy New Year to all of our clients! We really appreciate your continued business and hope we can serve you even better into 2013 and beyond.

2013 sees some accounting changes and exciting new developments at Atkinsons to better serve our clients for the services you want and use most.

New Bank Account Details

Our bank accounts are moving from George St branch to NAB's Business Banking Capital Office Branch, which has necessitated a change in BSB and Account Numbers for invoice payments and trust account deposits. Whilst we have previously been averse to changing account details, the customer service we will receive from a Capital Office Branch domicile will outweigh any short-term inconvenience.

From 1 January 2013, our new account details are as follows:

General Account - for invoice payments:
Peter Atkinson & Company General A/c
NAB Capital Office Branch 308-322 Queen St Brisbane
BSB: 084-004 150206135

Trust Account - for settlement or other funds to be held in trust:
Peter Atkinson & Company Trust A/c
NAB Capital Office Branch 308-322 Queen St Brisbane
BSB: 084-004 150071912

Our accounting package automatically feeds payments into our accounts based on invoice date, so for invoices dated 31 December 2012 and prior, please credit funds to the old account as noted on the invoices.

To expedite closure of the old account and minimise any future confusion, please bring your 2012 invoices into order at your earliest opportunity.

For invoices dated from 1 January 2013, please use the new bank account numbers as detailed above.

For all Trust Account deposits from 1 January 2013, please use the new trust account number as detailed above.

New Reduced Titles Office Lodging Fees

We want to make Titles Office lodging easier for our clients, and have done away with the old 'price per document', and replaced it with a new 'price per matter' structure.

We are really pleased to be able to offer settlement notice lodging for only $11.00 (inc. GST), and other normal document sets at $22.00 per matter (up to 5 docs).

Survey Plans incur an additional $22.00 due to additional lodger paperwork required and the number of registration confirmation statements that are generally returned.

Overall, this represents a great saving on prior pricing structures, and is far cheaper than posting your docs direct to the Title Office, with our full-service follow up included in our fees.

Download our new fee schedule here.

New Conveyancing Search Packages

We're are also very excited to offer an all-new package pricing for your conveyancing search needs.

We don't need to tell you how time-consuming it is to fill out multiple forms and deal with multiple invoices for your conveyancing matters...

Order all your conveying searches via the one form on our website, and we'll take care of the rest.

One invoice. Monthly account. Results to your inbox as soon as they are available. We do the chasing. No GST on outlays.

Compare this to other search providers, and we're sure you'll see the benefits.

Order now via our dedicated order form.

Online Invoice Viewing and Payments

You can now see all your outstanding invoices online, simply by clicking on the link on any invoice we email you. A value added service, free of charge, that helps you keep on top of things in your own time.

New Templates for Settlement and Manual Service Instructions

On our home page, you'll find a link to download settlement instruction and manual services instruction templates that you can use to help make your job a little easier.

We hope you like our service enhancements, and look forward to receiving your instructions.

Like DJ's or Myer, if you find a cheaper price, please let us know and we'll try and match or better the price.

We want to be your first call for all your legal agency needs, and will do all we can to make your job as easy as possible.

Stay tuned for further service enhancements and important news by signing up for our newsletter now!

Email Statement Delivery

We're now delivering our monthly statements via email, direct to your inbox.

In harnessing the power of our accounting package, we can also email your invoices directly, and you'll notice that any invoices that don't require the return of any documentation to you via the post are now being delivered electronically via email, with live links you can click on to view the full details of the invoice.

With the cost of mail ever increasing, delivering our invoices and statements via email where possible helps to save increasing our prices to compensate.

If you have any enquiries or concerns, please contact us.

If we don't have your current or preferred email address, please let us know and we'll update our records.

And another Titles Office Fee increase...

This time, it's searching fees that are having another unprecedented fee increase…

Following the $15.00 general lodging fee increase on 1 November, the Queensland Titles Office (DNRM) have today advised that a range of searching fees will now increase by $1.50 effective 1 December 2012.

Read more about it here.

Quoting the Titles Registry Alert, "The additional revenue will help fund 24/7 provision of land and spatial information datasets to business and the community."

We remain optimistic… Happy

ALERT: Further Titles Office Fee Increases 1/11/12

Following this year's CPI increase in registration fees, the Titles Office has announced a further unprecedented increase in registration fees, effective 1 November 2012, citing the revenue would "…fund a rolling programme of system enhancements and replacements to ensure the ongoing reliability and integrity of land and cadastral information systems…" quoted in Titles Registry Alert Issue 107.

The new base registration fee will be $152.10, up from $137.10. This represents a $15.00 increase on all fees that were previously at $137.10 or above, including Survey Plans, and all general instruments.

Fess that are presently below the current $137.10 base will remain unchanged - such as settlement notices and additional lot fees.

Following the recent abolition of customer service counters and reduction of back office staff impacting service delivery times at the titles office, we hope this increase in revenue is put to use in delivering useful and timely titling services to the public.

If you have a copy of the Ready Reckoner from 1/8/12, remember to add $15.00 to the base fee of $132.10...

Download a new ready reckoner here, current through 2013 (till the next increase).

2012 Titles Office Registration Fees

The Titles Office (DNRM) have announced their fee increases, effective 1 August 2012.

Download and print your own handy Ready-Reckoner for current (1/8/12) lodging fee calculations here. An indispensable tool if you calculate lodging fees all the time!. UPDATE: 1.11.12 - add $15.00 to any fee that was $132.10...

Also see our Help Desk page for further information about Titles Office matters.

Update - Alterations and Minor Corrections to Land Registry Forms

The Registrar of Titles has updated the Land Title Practice Manual with regard to definitions of alterations and amendments to land registry forms and practice to be followed when such occurs.

New titles registry requirements now apply where changes are made to completed forms, because of the Registrar's concerns that some changes have not been authorised.

The new requirements apply to dealings lodged after 30 April 2012. However, a requisition fee will only apply to dealings lodged after 2 July 2012.

See Part 59 Forms - paragraph 2040 of the Land Titles Practice Manual.

Effect of civil partnership on will

A Titles Office Registry Alert has been issued regarding preparation of Transmission applications where a civil partnership is involved.

View the alert and procedures required when preparing your Form 5A of Form 6 Transmissions here.

Important - Alterations to Titles Office Forms

Please take extra care when preparing your Land Registry Forms for settlement or lodging.

DERM are enforcing the practice of all parties to the document having to initial any alterations, amendments or additions to land registry forms, and any forms lodged without the initials of all parties will be requisitioned.

This requirement has always been encompassed in the Land Titles Practice Manual and in legislation, but has not been actively enforced. In previous practice, it was accepted that an initial of only one party or their authorised representative was satisfactory for lodging purposes.

To ensure registration, please ensure your documents are free of alteration or additions, or in the event that a correction is required, all parties including witnesses must initial the forms.

If in doubt, contact DERM on 3405 6900, option 4, for advice.