May has been a very busy and exciting month for the team at Hughes & Co. Lawyers & Conveyancing in both our Parkes and Forbes offices. We have said goodbye to some members of our team and are excited to welcome aboard some new team members.
Our Solicitors have been busy in the offices and travelling to various Courts across the region, with matters in the Dubbo Federal Circuit Court, District Court, NSW Supreme Court and various Local Courts. Our Conveyancers have been very busy drafting and exchanging contracts, attending to property settlements and keeping your conveyancing matters moving. And of course of lovely office staff have been tirelessly working away. None of what we do would be possible without our amazing receptionists, sectaries and clerks.
Here is a snippet of some of the things our team has been up to.
Liz became the first PEXA Certified Specialist in the Region
Our in house licenced conveyancer Liz Leigo continues to lead to way in our region, official becoming PEXA Certified. Congratulations Liz !!!
PEXA is Australia’s online property exchange network and assists its members to lodge documents with land registries and complete financial settlements electronically.
Liz has embraced the technological advances in conveyancing and has been offering electronic settlements, also known as e-conveyancing since 2016. e-Conveyancing minimises the manual processes and paperwork associated with property settlements by enabling lawyers, conveyancers and financial institutions to transact together online. The entire conveyancing process is much quicker and easier this way.
To get PEXA certified Liz has completed extensive training for e-conveyancing, and has attended numerous seminars, in order to provide her clients with the personal attention and experience they require.
Hughes & Co. Lawyers & Conveyancing are registered through Property Exchange Australia (PEXA) and has been for over nearly two years.
e-Conveyancing is currently live in five states and is a collaboration between many industry participants, including financial institutions, land registries and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).
By using e-Conveyancing, Hughes & Co. Lawyers & Conveyancing can provide you with streamlined processes and greater transparency. Whether you are buying or selling, e-Conveyancing helps to improve client satisfaction.
e-Conveyancing enables lodgement of documents directly to Land and Property Information (LPI) and within a minimum of thirty minutes from the time your settlement begins, the title to the property is transferred into the new owner’s name.
Financial disbursements, such as Council rates and water payments, legal fees, real estate agent’s commission and final mortgage payments can all be processed electronically with e-Conveyancing.
Sale proceeds are available to the vendor as cleared funds on the same day as settlement and can be available within as little as two hours from settlement, depending on the financial institution! This then avoids the usual two day waiting period for cheques to clear.
e-Conveyancing also reduces the risk of errors and delays, giving you greater certainty of a successful and on-time settlement.
Are you looking at buying or selling? If so, why not consider an e-conveyancing transaction. Contact Liz at Hughes & Co. Lawyers & Conveyancing for specialist professional advice and service.
We Visited Parkes High School
Parkes High School hosted our very own Steph and Jess at an information session for the students recently. Steph and Jess were invited to talk to the students to help them understand situations that the students may find themselves in and the likely consequences of their actions. The focus of the talk was to ensure students know their legal obligations and to decrease and deter bullying and criminal behaviours.
Real examples were discussed with the students to help them understand what constitutes physical and verbal assault, intimidation, affray and aggravating factors such as being in the company of others. The use of mobiles and online technology was also discussed and examples of intimidation and harassment were also given to help them understand.
Steph discussed the penalties for assault and intimidation offences with the students. Steph also discussed the consequences of being convicted of a crime and explained how a criminal conviction can impact your ability to travel to certain countries such as the US, Canada and the UK, to gain employment or to obtain a firearms license.
Jess explained to the students the effect of being a bystander or ‘going along with the crowd’ when a crime is being committed and gave an example where someone was jailed for 7 years, even though they were just silent in the corner. Jess also advised the students that caselaw in Australia will likely see bullies charged with involuntary manslaughter if a victim of bullying takes their own life as a direct result; as is the case in many states of the US.
Sargent Barker of the Lachlan Area Command also attended and spoke with the Students. Sargent Baker indicated that there are a growing number of indecent assault offences by young person’s being reported to the Parkes Police. Sargent Barker spoke about sexting and there was a murmur in the crowd. Hopefully this information will help the students think for a moment of the consequences of their actions before they act.
Mrs Carters of Parkes High School also gave some simple advice to the student to THINK before they say or do things and to keep their hands and feet to themselves.
We are proud supporters of our local community and were pleased to be given the opportunity to be involved with Parkes High and work together to help the students to make the community of Parkes a great place to live, work and study.
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We hope May was a great month for you and we look forward to what June has to bring.