e-conveyancing Photo: webwebwork via FlickrThanks to South Australia’s Registrar General, Brenton Pike, and his work as chair of the Australian Registrars’ National Electronic Conveyancing Council (ARNECC), South Australia is as the forefront of moves to e-conveyancing.

E-conveyancing involves the transition from paper-based conveyacing to a digital-based process, including:

  • the preparation of registry instruments and other documents in electronic form for the purposes of land title legislation
  • settlement of property transactions electronically
  • lodgement of registry instruments and other documents with Land Registries electronically

And now that e-conveyancing is upon us, legal firms that dabble in the conveyancing sector are expressing worry about the changes.

Legal firms dreading the need to break entrenched habits

In the Lawyers Weekly article, E-conveyancing among legal industry’s biggest IT concerns, it has been reported that 60 per cent of legal firms that have conveyancing in their list of services, expect to move to new IT systems to support e-conveyancing by 2017.

For many of these law firms, the big worry is how new e-conveyancing systems will integrate with existing practice systems.

An industry spokesperson commented, ‘these technologies affect the day-to-day operations of legal professionals, require them to put their trust in new systems and to develop new habits.’

It appears many legal firms will have a lot of inertia to deal with internally while the conveyancing world changes around them.

The specialist vs the generalist: We know who we’d prefer on our team

It is times like these, times of great change in our sector, where in depth experience and commitment to the field of conveyancing becomes invaluable.

As South Australia’s largest conveyancing firm, Eckermann Conveyancers is already well progressed down the road towards e-conveyancing preparation, with new technology, systems and staff training already integrated.

I believe this advanced planning and investment in change is something that sets specialist conveyancers apart from other professionals like legal firms that tack conveyancing onto their list of services.

So who would you trust with your conveyancing needs over the next two years: Legal firms worried about how they might change old habits? Or teams like the Eckermann Conveyancers team which is champing at the bit to have e-conveyancing complete its full roll out?

I know who I’d rather have on my side.

Photo: Keys by wetwebwork via Flickr