By Chloe Howard of Matthews Folbigg Lawyers, a lawyer in our Insolvency, Restructuring and Debt Recovery Group
In our earlier blog, COVID-19, self-isolation, and witnessing documents, we looked at the difficulties in executing and witnessing documents in isolation or quarantine. NSW has published legislation which may fix this however no regulations have been made as to how this fix will work. Now in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Queensland Government has just released new guidelines with respect to the witnessing of documents under various pieces of Queensland legislation, being the Land Title Act, Land Act and Water Act Titles, if eConveyancing is not available.
Under these new guidelines, if a person who needs to sign an instrument under these Acts is in isolation or in quarantine, it is now acceptable for a witness to view the person signing the instrument via some form of video link (Skype, Zoom, etc). The requirements for this form of witnessing are as follows: