We've moved...

We're-movingFrom Monday 11 November 2013, we've relocated to Level 17 344 Queen Street Brisbane.

We've taken advantage of the attractive office prices available at the moment and have locked in a purchase on a strata office.

Our phone, fax and postal details will remain the same.

Please update your records for your settlement locations when they're in our office, and for your couriers or deliveries.

E-conveyancing with Atkinsons

It's coming...soon...

We've all heard about it for years, but it's here, and it's almost ready to go.

E-conveyancing.

Like it or not, you'll soon need to get used to dealing with e-conveyancing.

Atkinsons, through our partnership with our preferred information provider GlobalX, have all the solutions you need to get going right away.

Form online searching and practice management solutions, through to traditional manual legal support services like complex searching, document lodging, court filing and manual settlements (and of course the up-coming e-conveyancing monster) your portal to productivity though affordable solutions, with first-class service and support, is available here at Atkinsons now.

Likewise, Atkinsons are GlobalX's preferred Queensland manual services provider. Together, you have the best of both manual and electronic services to help you stay ahead of your competition.

Don't get left behind. Get ready today. Talk to us and we'll help you get ready for the revolution.

New Online Searching and Settlement Booking Interface

Our information and search partner GlobalX is investing significantly in its online property, business, and consumer information systems and is releasing a new way to search, receive and store content, as part of our commitment to making your search experience as simple, effective and intuitive as possible.

The new navigation system will be rolling out to our clients on Monday 9th of September.

During this process, GlobalX are replacing the familiar tree menu navigation with a contemporary menu structure that makes finding the content you need much easier.

After the changeover, your will simply log in as usual with your existing Username and Password, and will see the new menu system. Your favourites and documents from the old system will be retained.

We have prepared two brief video tutorials which provide an overview of the new system. These tutorials should help you and your staff with the transition, but as always, the helpdesk team is on hand to discuss any questions you may have.

We're confident that will find the new navigation system intuitive to use.

Updated Terms and Conditions

We are also taking the opportunity to remind all users of the site Terms and Conditions, and you will be prompted to acknowledge these when you first log in to the new system.

Next Steps

We hope you enjoy the new navigation and ease of use. Please do not hesitate to call me with any questions. We remain committed to providing you and your staff with the best-in-class online property, business, and consumer information.

Look out for further enhancements over the coming months to make your search and settlement experience better than any others.

Public Holiday Office Closure - Wednesday 14 August 2013

Wednesday 14 August 2013 is the Brisbane Exhibition Show Holiday, and the office will be closed.

Amendments to Land Title Act 1994

The Land Title Act has been updated with a range of amendments.

The Land, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013, and the Electronic Conveyancing National Law (Queensland) Act 2013, made a range of amendments to the Land Title Act 1994. These amendments took effect on 14 May 2013 or 17 May 2013, other than an amendment to section 59 which commenced on 1 July 2013.

Both Acts, as passed, may be viewed online through the Office of Queensland Parliamentary Counsel’s internet site:

http://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/ACTS/2013/13AC023.pdf and http://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/LEGISLTN/CURRENT/E/ElecConNLQA13.pdf

The following provides a brief overview of certain changes to the Land Title Act 1994 that may affect titles registry customers:

  •  Amendments to various provisions to facilitate the future lodgement of electronic conveyancing documents. These amendments have no effect on current practice. They include amendments to a number of sections, insertion of Part 2 Division 2A relating to Electronic Conveyancing documents, and new and amended definitions in Schedule 2 (Dictionary).
  •  Fee required to produce document under subpoena etc.
    Insertion of a new section 35A to require payment of any regulated fee for obtaining copies of documents from the register when the documents are required under a subpoena etc.
  •  Creation of non-tidal boundary (watercourse) by registration of a plan
    Amendments to section 51 to allow the creation of a non-tidal boundary (watercourse) by registration of a plan. This provision aligns with existing provisions regarding the dedication of other types of public use land.
  •  Dedication of road by notice
    Insertion of new Division 3A (section 54) to allow for the dedication of the whole of a lot as a road for public use, by registration of a dedication notice. A Form 14 General Request, accompanied by the approval of the relevant planning body (typically Form 18 General Consent) must be deposited to record the dedication notice. If the land to be dedicated is subject to any interests (easements, leases, profit a prendre etc.) the consent (Form 18 General Consent) of the grantee/lessee of that interest is also required to be deposited with the Form 14.
  •  Severing joint tenancy (commences 1 July 2013)
    Amendments to section 59 to alleviate the difficulty experienced by some persons wishing to utilise this section if they are unable to give a copy of the transfer to the other joint tenants, for example where a joint tenant cannot be located.
  •  Amending a lease
    Amendments to section 67 to clarify when an instrument of amendment may be registered to give effect to the exercise of an option in a registered lease. ue 115 02 July 2013
  •  Creation of easement over a registered lease
    Amendments to sections 82 and 83 to clarify the requirements for creating an easement over a registered lease and an amendment to section 90A to clarify when such an easement ends.
  •  High-density development easements
    Insertion of Part 6 Division 4AA to provide for the registration of high-density development easements. Minor consequential amendments have been made to other sections to exclude their application to this type of easement.
  •  Returning certificate of title for cancellation
    Amendment to section 154 to provide further exceptions to the requirement for the return of the certificate of title, being certain dealings with secondary interests.
  •  Other minor amendments to clarify or update provisions, including sections 47, 50, 51A, 81A, 105, 107, 112, 115N, 126, 128, 133, Schedule 1 and Schedule 2.
    The Land Title Practice Manual is currently being updated to incorporate the changes to Titles Registry practices.
    Enquiries
    Enquiries may be directed to the Titles Registry on (07) 3405 6900 or email titlesinfo@qld.gov.au.

New Form 23 Settlement Notice

Form 23— Settlement Notice (Version 5) is now available for immediate use. The major change to this form is at Item 6 which now requires all instruments intended to be lodged to complete the transaction to be shown in order of priority (lodgement order). This includes the instrument mentioned in item 2 of the form. Other minor formatting changes that do not impact on the completion of the form have also been made.

2013 Titles Office Fee Increases

The Titles Office (DNRM) have announced their fee increases, effective 1 July 2013.

The new standard lodging fee is now $157.40 (up form $152.10). Additional lot fees and the per $10,000 consideration fee is $29.80 (up from $28.90).

Settlement Notices are now $29.80, body corporate change of addresses are $29.80 and new CMS's are $76.20.

Over the counter searches are $16.45 for a current title search, $24.15 for an historical title search, copy registered plan is $16.45 and copy instruments are $31.95.

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Are you ready for e-conveyancing?

Atkinsons e-conveyancing solutions

If you are using our online searching and settlement portal, then you can rest assured knowing you'll be ready!

E-conveyancing is slated to commence in Quarter 2 2014 for legal practitioners. Simple transaction like discharges of mortgages and refinances between the banks are on target to commence Q2 this year!

We are delighted to announce today that our Information Partners and friends at GlobalX have signed an agreement with NECDL to become the first sponsor of the Property Exchange Australia platform (PEXA) as the first step in delivering e-conveyancing solutions to our valued clients.

Alongside our searching, settlement, stamping and lodging services, the integration of PEXA into our online portal will provide our legal practitioner clients with a unified, seamless online conveyancing experience.

Why wait? Request your user ID now and experience better.

Stay tuned for more information on e-conveyancing…