Question: What programs do I need?

Answer: You will need the update to Verdict 10. If you use the General Ledger portion of TwinPak, you will also need the update to General Ledger 8.0d.

When you purchase these programs, tell us you are updating from TwinPak. We will then include the free Utility Disk. TwinPak billing data must first be translated to Verdict 7.2 data. The Utility disk does this for you automatically. Then you install Verdict 10 and import the Verdict 7.2 data into Verdict 10. So it's a two-step translation process, but each step takes less than 5 minutes.

Question: When should I update? Should TwinPak be closed out for the month?

Answer: Yes. You need to close out the month in Time & Billing. The General Ledger should also be closed out.

Question: Will I lose any of my client data when I update?

Answer: No. All of your client data will automatically translate into Verdict 9. If you have held accounts, all entries on the held accounts will come over to Verdict 9. The history and aging on accounts will come over to Verdict. All information about your firm and timekeepers will translate into Verdict 10. Just two types of data do not translate: Transaction codes and year-to-date summaries.

If you use transaction codes, i.e., 1A1 for telephone conference with client, you will need to reenter your transaction codes in Verdict 10. In Verdict 10, you can use words as well as numbers for transaction codes. For example, instead of 1 for Telephone conference, you could use TC for the code, if you desire. Your descriptions for the codes can also be as long as you like; you are no longer limited to 20 characters. And you can make descriptions that are complete sentences or paragraphs; you are not limited to part 1 and part 2 codes.

The year-to-date summaries do not translate because we collect summary information a different way in Verdict 10. When you update midyear, you will print year-to-date summaries from TwinPak from the last month you use it and then print year-to-date summaries from the time you start using Verdict. Your totals for the year are the combined figures. Verdict 10 has the ability to print summaries for any date range. For example, you can print a summary for the 2nd quarter. You are not limited to the month or year to date. And the summaries are kept. Two years from now, you can go back and print an old summary from any month or date range.

Question: But I have an old DOS version. How can the data go into a Windows version of Verdict?

Answer: Our programmers wrote a program that takes your old data and rewrites it in the format that Verdict 10 needs. We don't disturb your old TwinPak subdirectory. We just get a copy of the data and rewrite it in the right format for Verdict 10.



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