The Mobile Conveyancer - Going Places Technologically
Wendy Williams: Profile of a Mobile Property Lawyer
For Melbourne lawyer Wendy Williams, being a mobile property lawyer has nothing to do with driving around in a cute car covered with her firm’s logo. She is a mobile conveyancer in the mobile phone sense of the word.
On her iPhone 6 plus you will find apps by State Revenue Office Victoria, Austlii, LexisNexis, XERO accounting, LEAP mobile and ZipID. If there is an app that will make her more efficient and provide a more responsive service to clients then she will consider it.
Wendy is a self-identified tech geek, which is lucky for her because her partner is a programmer analyst.
Were there a PEXA app to do an e-conveyance, Wendy Williams would be downloading it faster than you could say "it settled!"
Wendy established her law firm, West Lawyers in March 2015 at Point Cook in the fast growing western suburbs of Melbourne. She qualified as a lawyer mid career, after more than two decades in secretarial and paralegal roles.
Doing conveyancing the standard paper-based way for such a long time has not been a barrier to trying out new ways to do her work. Quite the contrary. She is excited about the opportunity to try new technologies. She is now a practice owner. More efficient processes and reduced costs directly improve her bottom line and give her more time to spend how she chooses.
Wendy recently completed her first online property settlement through the PEXA system and said going digital will quickly catch on.
“It will transform how property is bought and sold for many buyers and sellers. Within an hour of completing my first online property exchange the seller that I acted for had the money in his account,” she said.
“Documents were exchanged electronically removing paper-based errors, costly bank cheques and express postage. The Purchaser was also registered on title within an hour of settlement, a process that can often take weeks using a manual process.
“The problem with the old way is that paper is cumbersome, time consuming and expensive. As a backup plan I regularly get my clients to sign duplicates of everything just in case something goes missing in the post.
"Electronic settlement removes stress for my clients as there is no more running around to get documents back on time and organising bank cheques for a paper-based settlement. My clients have busy lives and time is a precious commodity.
“Everything else is going digital. It’s the way the world is going. Property exchange has to come online too.“
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Posted at Legal Practice Intelligence - 8 October 2015
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