The Conveyancer® and STEPS™ brought together to simplify real estate transactions for lawyers
TORONTO (Nov. 1, 2005) - Stewart Title Guaranty Co., a leader in the Canadian title insurance industry, and Do Process Software Ltd., a leading developer of practice-specific law office software in Canada, today announced the integration of two market-leading products. The Conveyancer, Ontario's leading real estate document production program, and Stewart Title's Electronic Policy System (STEPS) now operate as an integrated application for lawyers to deliver a seamless real estate closing and automated title insurance issuance from the beginning to end of a transaction.
"At Stewart Title, we understand that lawyers in Ontario need the right technology solutions to increase and maintain their efficiency so that they can provide the best representation to their clients," says Steve Lessack, president, Canadian Division, Stewart International. "By merging our STEPS application with an industry leader like The Conveyancer, lawyers have everything they need in one trusted software application saving them and their staff valuable time."
With The Conveyancer and STEPS integrated, lawyers can produce all the documentation necessary to close a real estate transaction and request a residential title insurance policy from Stewart Title, electronically through one application.
"As the recognized leader in real estate document production, we wanted to bring even more value to lawyers using The Conveyancer software," says Mitchell Brown, president, Do Process Software Ltd. "Our long-time partnership with Stewart Title enabled us to bring The Conveyancer and STEPS together, simplifying the ordering of title insurance policies and allowing us to offer more product choice to lawyers in Ontario."
The Conveyancer automates the production of virtually every document required to process a real estate transaction, tracks important items and generates valuable reports for managing a real estate practice. The STEPS web-based application provides unmatched turnaround time for residential title insurance policies. The online application automatically generates and assigns policy numbers for every transaction; allows the transactions to be underwritten electronically; enables lawyers and their staff to print draft policies; calculates the premium; and distributes Stewart Title communications.
Previously, lawyers using The Conveyancer had to produce hardcopies of their order documentation and submit to Stewart Title for processing and issuance. Now, upon receipt of payment, lawyers can receive their final policies from Stewart Title electronically, and can simply print them from The Conveyancer.
Lawyers can use The Conveyancer to integrate with the STEPS system through high speed Internet access. To sign up and to schedule a training session, lawyers and their staff can contact Stewart Title.
About Do Process Software Ltd.
Do Process Software Ltd. and its affiliate, Lawyer Centric Enterprises Inc., are leading providers of software and technology solutions to the Ontario legal community. Do Process Software applications for the practice areas of real estate, corporate and estate administration/accounting are the most widely used in the province- with approximately 3,000 law firm installations. Lawyer Centric Enterprises Inc. is a progressive technology company which offers various online services to Canadian lawyers and provides the connectivity for internet and business-to-business communications integrated into Do Process Software desktop applications. For more information, please visit www.doprocess.com and www.lawyercentric.com.
About Stewart Title Guaranty Company of Canada
Stewart Title Guaranty Company is a leader in the Canadian title insurance industry and was licensed to operate in all Canadian provinces and territories in 1987. Stewart Title's Canadian Division is headquartered in Toronto, and has offices coast-to-coast with representation in all Canadian provinces and territories. Best known for its innovative technology systems that enhance the real estate closing process, Stewart Title helps its customers increase efficiency and decrease costs by offering value-added title insurance products for residential and commercial properties. With an unmatched 30 years of consecutive growth in reserves and surplus, Stewart Title's financial ratings, recognizing its strength, stability and claims paying ability are incomparable. To find out more about Stewart Title visit www.stewart.ca.
Stewart Title Guaranty Co. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), a technology driven, strategically competitive, real estate information and transaction management company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries through more than 8,000 policy-issuing offices and agencies in the United States and several international markets. More information about Stewart can be found at www.stewart.com.