as I have no problems with Word Perfect documents other than formatting and if they are using macros. did you not install the Word Perfect converters?
If not, try the option to open to recover text.
You might also consider:
ftp://ftp.corel.com/pub/WordPerfect/wpwin/61/wp_convert_utility.exe (also allows convertion of various WordPerfect graphics)
Another option might be http://www.softinterface.com/Convert-Doc/Convert-Doc-WPD-Target.htm
My aunt sent me a recipe and it's in .wpd format. I have the full MS Office Premium and naturally I can't open a Word Perfect file. Is there an add on or free viewer out there somewhere?