Gold Coast Quadriplegic Mum Makes Queensland History
Tue 02, May 2017
GOLD COAST MOTHER, CAROL TAYLOR CONDUCTS QLD'S FIRST ELECTRONIC SIMULTANEOUS CONVEYANCE
Gold Coast mother Carol Taylor has become the first in Queensland to conduct an electronic simultaneous conveyance from her home-based law firm in Tallebudgera Valley.
Carol Taylor conducted the settlement between the Gold Coast and the Whitsundays which saw her client's funds cleared within 20 minutes of settlement, a transaction that would ordinarily take around three days, and the buyer's new Title Document issued in 31 minutes, instead of weeks.
The State-first simultaneous electronic settlement via online, Macquarie-backed platform PEXA, sets a new benchmark for the property industry allowing for more timely, efficient and seamless transactions.
Whilst most corporate law firms operate from large-scale inner city offices, what makes this ground-breaking initiative even more distinguished is that Carol has managed the entire process from what she calls her 'mobile office' - a wheelchair.
"If you had asked me a few years ago if I would have the drive to get back into the work force, let alone make history in Queensland - I probably would have laughed jokingly or cried in my depths of despair" she said.
"I'm so humbled and also proud, that after only being back in the industry for a few years, my company is the first law firm in Queensland to complete an electronic online simultaneous conveyance. What really blows my mind is that it was between Tallebudgera Valley and the Whitsundays, some 1200km apart.
"What’s fantastic about this technology is that it breaks down geographical boundaries for service. No longer do you have to accept the local solicitor. We act for clients who are buying or selling all over NSW and QLD. In fact it was the promise of this technology that was the catalyst for my decision to return to law.
"The process was undertaken from a laptop in my office via online program PEXA, and the new service opens up so many doors for us. It's fast, it's efficient, it's trustworthy and it allows our clients to buy and sell more efficiently - without lagging waiting times on paperwork, waiting for bank cheques to clear, or added stress. Most importantly it eliminates human error, which is so often the cause of distress, delay and added cost to clients.
"Our boutique team offers an unparalleled level of service, and we are excited to be at the cutting edge of this technology".
Carol was paralysed in 2001 following a horrific car accident which left her a quadriplegic. She was three years into her marriage and at a time when her legal career was at an all time high. After being on life support, and spending a year in hospital and several months of intensive occupational therapy, Carol - initially paralysed from the neck down, regained some function of her arms, though her hands remain paralysed.
“I’ve had to learn to embrace technology -in the 15 years since my injury, it has opened doors that would otherwise have been closed to me.”
After 14 years of not practising law, Carol - with the support of her 'rock and pillar of strength', her husband Robert, had to apply to the Queensland Law Society for admission which involved long lectures and intensive exams - all while juggling motherhood at the same time. She launched her home-based business from an onsite purpose-built office to get her 'back in the game' in 2015.
Two years on, Taylor Law & Conveyancing manages a diverse range of clients and assists them with their property and estate planning needs. Carol is backed up by a strong team led by her expert conveyancing manager, Sascha Rodgers and her practice manger husband, Robert.
While Carol's motivation stems from her husband and ten-year old son, she also attributes her achievements to quadriplegic, Perry Cross.
"I've been through the depths of depression and all of the ebbs and flows of a life in a wheelchair - and continue to have my 'bad days', but during such times, a glimmer of hope always to seem to surface when I think of Perry Cross," she said.
"Perry and his Spinal Research Foundation are a beacon of hope to all those living with and affected by paralysis. He's undoubtedly one of Australia's most motivating gentlemen and the fact he's raised and donated over $500,000 to a major spinal cord injury research project here in Queensland is just phenomenal. That’s why, right from the start, five percent of my fees from every matter are donated to the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation to support the incredible work that they are doing.
"In addition to running my business, I am wife, mum and artist when time permits (www.caroltaylor.com.au) I sell my paintings and donate the much needed funds to the Foundation to fund a cure for paralysis- and the thought that we are on the brink of a cure certainly gives me hope.
I believe Perry when he says “Everything is Possible”.
*Story fearured in the Gold Coast Bulletin - 29 April 2017 - to read the Gold Coast Bulletin Story click here.