Conveyancers capitalise on technology

24 July 2018 00:00

In a competitive market place where innovation and performance matter and business growth is dependent on relationship and service delivery, the use of technology to enhance productivity has become a priority. Lexis®WinDeed from online content provider LexisNexis South Africa provides the conveyancing industry with that competitive edge, resulting in higher output and faster turnaround times in the processing of property sales and registrations.

“With 92% of respondents in LexisNexis Attorneys’ Profession in South Africa Report 2016 considering smarter use of technology to be of importance, utilising the best and most reliable sources of information and data, in the most cost-effective manner is what differentiates market leaders from the rest,” says Greg Brown, director at LexisNexis South Africa.

While the law dictates that the process of transferring property ownership rests firmly in the hands of the legal fraternity – more specifically those of qualified conveyancers, there is a shift of knowledge power resulting from clients’ increased access to technology and information. This shift has meant that transactions and the reporting thereof come with the expectation of immediacy, where before the conveyancer and the Deeds office led the process.

“As 60% of clients use family and friend referrals as their primary point of reference when selecting a legal representative, today’s legal conveyancer needs to put relationship building at the forefront – with real time tracking of processes and communication to clients forming an integral part of that,” says Brown. “The importance of accurate and regular updates on the transfer process – with anxious sellers and keen buyers hanging on every shred of progress to confirm their transaction, has become especially relevant in the current economic climate where bond applications are regularly rejected by lending authorities.”

Lexis WinDeed provides conveyancers with a comprehensive and trustworthy point of access to the relevant documentation required during the transfer process including property reports, ID verification, automated valuations and street address conversion maps. Transfer of property through the Registrars is now streamlined with Lexis WinDeed offering users the ability to  update Title Deeds using OCR Text versions of Deeds Office Document Copies and track matters lodged at the Deeds Office using the Deeds Office Tracking System (DOTS).

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About Greg Brown

Greg Brown is a director at LexisNexis South Africa (LNSA), heading up the Data Services division. In addition to his senior leadership role Greg has a special interest in evolving technologies, innovation and new business development. Greg holds a BCom Honours from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and an MBA from the University of Cape Town and was appointed to the board in February 2012.

About LexisNexis Legal & Professional

LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics that help customers increase productivity, improve decision-making and outcomes, and advance the rule of law around the world. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis and Nexis services. LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves customers in more than 130 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide, is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.

About LexisNexis Data Services

A division of LexisNexis South Africa, LexisNexis Data Services assists corporate and government entities to uncover the information they require to get a complete picture of individuals, businesses and assets.  Industry-leading solutions such asLexis ProcureCheck, Lexis Diligence, Lexis RefCheck and LexisWinDeed make it easier for organisations to carry out background screening, access public records and other key data sources to conduct the necessary due diligence required to protect their business and comply with local and global legislation. With the most comprehensive collection of data sources in South Africa, LexisNexis Data Services quickly and efficiently delivers specific, in-depth information to address any industry-specific need.

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