There are a number of ways in which a software-based process helps you, and addressing them all at once might be too much for one sitting. So let's call this part one of a series.
If you've done a 1031 real estate like-kind exchange you know that the "like-kind" definition simply means investment real estate for investment real estate. For example, you can exchange a condo for a duplex, or a duplex for an apartment building, or a single family residence for bare land - you get the picture. But when it comes to "personal property" (the IRC term for tangible, non-real estate assets) the restrictions on what determines like-kind property narrow and can sometimes be a pain in the neck. For example, if you sell a light duty truck you can't replace it with a car, or can you?