On 6 April 2020 the new Titles office options for witnessing land title documents launched. Access the link.  “Effect of COVID-19 on the witnessing of Land Title Act, Land Act and Water Act Titles Registry instruments – New options for witnessing from 6 April 2020 until further notice

If someone is in COVID-19 related quarantine or isolation, the witness can view the individual signing the document live with a video link (e.g. Zoom, Skype, facetime) then the document can be sent or delivered to the witness to be physically signed as witness.

This option is available only if:

  1. The person signing is in quarantine or isolation for Covid-19;
  2. The witness has taken reasonable steps to verify the identity of the person signing and that they are the legal owner or entitled to sign; and
  3. The witness is a qualified Australian lawyer, commissioner for declarations or justice of the peace. (McLaughlins Lawyers have several fully qualified lawyers and a commissioner for declarations able to witness your signature).

Where you are a client of McLaughlins Lawyers our identification procedures at the commencement of our first file with you mean we can verify your identity.

If you are not yet our clients we can take reasonable steps to identify you through photograph and signature identity documents and check title records and rates records for confirmation of your entitlement to sign.

Please note this is a temporary measure and only available where there are quarantine or isolation requirements.

We will keep you posted on changes and make sure your interests are protected.

WARNING! Do not attempt to undertake this process without consulting one of our team to ensure you are taking the best path to make sure your titles office document and witnessing is valid and will be registered by the Registrar of Titles.

McLaughlins Lawyers are with you, your business and your family especially now in difficult times, helping with emergency measures and innovative ways with witnessing. We are still open for business and working harder than ever for Queenslanders and helping with real estate and titles office transactions for over 60 years.  Email  [email protected] or Call Teresa Kearney or Cassie Ross on 07 5591 5099 for help.

McLaughlins Lawyers, your experienced Gold Coast lawyers, we are an essential service, open for business, standing beside you to help with timely practical advice and safe ways to keep your sales, settlements and transactions on track.


Author: Teresa Kearney, Senior Associate

Director: Ian Kennedy

Date: 6 April 2020