Attorney Gina Fantasia of Capuder Fantasia PLLC
(rated AV by Martindale Hubble)
purchased Power Closer in March of 2007.
In August, 2008, Ms. Fantasia declared about Power Closer:
"This is the best money I have ever spent on
Holland & Knight
Holland & Knight LLP
10 St. James Avenue
Boston, MA 02116-3889
August 25, 2008
Dear Bill and Geoff:
... Thank you very
much for the consistently above-the-mark service you provide to me ...
HOLLAND & KNIGHT LLP
Robert A. Wiktozak
Attorney Jim Bruno, who has used Power Closer since July, 1999, wrote us the following
Moran, Morehouse &
Dear Geoff and Bill:
You have a first class
product and run a first class operation. From the day I
purchased your program, it has made my real estate practice so
I suspect that the larger
firms in town who have the high-priced closing programs don't have
the degree of satisfaction and the confidence in the support that
I do with you and your program.
Please feel free to use
me as a referral for anybody making inquiry into the usefulness
and ease of your program. Thanks for everything.
Power Closer was reviewed in an article entitled "Automating the Power
Closer" which appeared in the April/May
2001 issue of Law Office
Computing Magazine, and which concludes as follows.
Pros: Greatly simplifies RESPA
Cons: Limited use for real estate
lawyers other than those preparing RESPA statements
Verdict: Recommended if you are
representing lenders or developers, act as a settlement agent or
prepare HUD forms
The magazine article was written by Jay Hollander,
Holland and Company LLC, who practices law in
New York City.
The above excerpt is used with permission of the publishers.
Patrick F. Smith, who practices law in Birmingham,
Alabama, wrote the following e-mail to Neil J. Squillante,
manager of The
TechnoLawyer Community discussion group.
From: Patrick F. Smith <pfsmithquicklink.net>
To: Neil J. Squillante
TechnoLawyer Discussion List <listservertechnolawyer.com>
Cc: West Group WebMaster <webmasterwestpub.com>;
Date: Friday, April 09, 1999 10:35 AM
Subject: Real Estate Settlement Software and Tech Support
I am writing to sing the praises of the usability of our new Real Estate
Settlement Program and the technical support provided by the company
that makes it. In the meantime, I am also going to have some less
than kind things to say about our old program and its lack of technical
About 2 months ago, fed up with our old program and its manufacturer's
non-existent technical support and un-fixed bugs in the program itself,
we purchased and installed a 5-user version of POWER CLOSER manufactured
by Argosy Legal Systems and distributed through Blumberg/Excelsior.
I read through the manual before installing the program and then went
about loading it onto our server (a Pentium Pro 200 Compaq Deskpro
running NT Workstation 4.0), and on all of our workstations (2 Cyrix 166
and 2 AMD-K6 233's - the 166's have 32mb and the 233s have 64mb of RAM).
I also purchased and installed Quicken Basic 99 to use to cut checks
after exporting the closing data from Power Closer. Installation
was seamless. Everything worked just exactly like it was supposed
to. How often does that happen these days?
After I had the program up and running for a couple of weeks and we were
starting to get the hang of it, I could not open the program on my
workstation one morning. It would open on the others, but not on mine.
I called Tech Support - got through to Geoff White, one of the owners -
on the first call. He instantly diagnosed my problem as a being
with the Microsoft Access database engine (I had installed new software
that used an earlier version of the engine). There was a file on
our installation disks to correct the problem and Geoff walked me
through it and made sure that the program worked right before he let me
off the phone. A couple of weeks later, I had a problem with a
printer driver. Whenever I would try to print to the particular
printer, the program locked up. Again a call to the company and
again a live human being on the first call. This time Bill White.
Bill again walked me through the installation of the printer and made
sure that everything worked right before letting me off of the phone. I
was very impressed.
My paralegal of 5 years recently left and after he left I started doing
some of our closing documents myself. I quickly saw why he was so
inefficient. He was keying in data two or three times to produce a
settlement statement, checks and a closing package. I rewrote all
of our merge documents using the data exported from Power Closer and
now, all information is keyed in once, and all documents are produced
from the single merge file. We are working so much more
efficiently that I do not feel the need to replace the paralegal.
This should mean a hefty boost to our bottom line due to reduced
overhead associated with the paralegal.
We switched to Power Closer because the new Windows version of our old
Program [name deleted] was very unsatisfactory. [A recital of problems
encountered with the
other program has been deleted.]
I looked at three or four different products. The top of the line
products (LandTech, AIM, First Data) were impressive but, at $3000+ for
our three user office, way out of my budget. I decided to give
Power Closer a try and we have been very satisfied. It would be
nice if the program had a few more features, like the ability to produce
an amortization schedule from within the program and a built-in
aggregate escrow adjustment calculator, as well as the ability to write
checks from directly in the program, exporting the data to Quicken or QuickBooks
after the checks are written. And it would be great if
the program shipped with FNMA, FHA and VA multistate merge forms
included. However, for the price (around $700 for the 5 user
version), and the quality of support, this program gets my vote as one
of the really good ones.
As for [program name deleted], it is going back to [vendor
name deleted] with a request for a
credit to my account. The program, in my opinion, does not live up
to its billing.
Patrick F. Smith
Strickland & Smith
Birmingham, Alabama 35223
Patrick F. Smith
Strickland & Smith, Attorneys at Law
4 Office Park Circle, Suite 212
Birmingham, Alabama 35223
Anyone interested in law office automation should consider subscribing
to The TechnoLawyer Community's
excellent discussion group,
where the above e-mail appeared.
Gail Gearhiser, who has used Power Closer
since 1998, wrote us as follows:
Irwin, Myklebust, Savage & Brown, P.S.
January 12, 2005
Good to hear from you. I have to share a
story with you about your program.
One of the title companies in Pullman had
a major program crash of their "custom" software
and, because they had several closings that day, called up
to use our system. We set them up on a "guest"
database and, with very little instruction, their agent
was able to learn the program and get her closings done on
time. She was shocked to learn what we paid vs. what they
paid for a program which, as I understand it, works just
as well if not better than their expensive custom
It is a terrific product and I also
advised the agent that the customer support is one of the
|October 21, 2003
Thanks for putting such
a great product on the market at an affordable
price. We should have bought it a long time before
Integrity Title, LLC
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