In response to client feedback, the NSW costs fields have been reinstated on the last tab of the Quick Costs Calculator. It must be stressed that these costs are based on the old NSW Conveyancing Scale, and are therefore to be used as a guideline only.
The Quick Costs Calculator has been completely overhauled. It now provides:
- Transfer duty – now calculates for every State and Territory. If a user seeks a concessional rate of duty or grant which is not available, for example because the consideration exceeds the threshold, the correct duty will be displayed and a note will explain why the concession or grant was not allowed.
- Interest – includes interest calculations for more States and Territories than were previously catered for.
- Child Support calculator – specify the adjusted taxable income for each parent, along with the relevant care percentage for that parent, and the calculator will show the amount of child support payable.
- Dates – from a given starting date add any number of years, months, weeks and days. The calculator will display the ending date.
A new report “Archived Matters – not using Archive Details” has been created in LEAP Docs for reporting on archived matters. As the name implies, this report doesn’t depend on data being entered into the Archive Details table. Rather, it reports on matters where the user has chosen Matter >> Archive matter.
The existing report using the Archive Details table has been renamed for clarity.
In order to comply with Australia Post address standards, we have made some slight changes to how addresses appear.
- The Property/Building name is now on a line of its own, above the Flat/Unit/Shop number and the street number & name.
- The Flat/Unit/Shop number is now separated from the street number by two spaces, rather than comma and space as was previously the case.
In response to user feedback, we have expanded the preferences section of Firm Details to allow the first name of an addressee to be used. For example, a letter may be addressed to Mr Peter Smith rather than Mr P Smith.
For conveyancing letters written to husband & wife, firms can choose whether to use first name of only the husband, or first names of both spouses. For example, Mr & Mrs Peter Smith or Mr Peter & Mrs Helen Smith.
If you would like to use the first name, please go to Utilities >> Firm Details >> Prefs tab and choose “Yes” for your preferred option(s).
We’ve managed to resolve a problem which has plagued us (and you!) for a long time – the incorrect reline appearing when writing to Executor 2, Beneficiary 2 etc. After your next online update, you’ll find that you can write a letter to second or subsequent Executor, Beneficiary etc and the relines will be correct.
There are still precedent letters using the container “Letter excluding re lines”. Over time, these letters will be deleted and new letters created using the Letter container. We’ll notify you here once this project has been completed.