Update: Law practice software made simple: Time59, July 6, 2009.
Well, the invoices went out, came in, and Time59 dealt with the billing and A/R aspects of my test account beautifully. I was very happy with the ease and simplicity of the whole process. I didn’t have to deal with any expense tracking, which is currently not available. Expense tracking is a planned feature in a near-future release, however.
As an added bonus, Time59 works quite well from a Blackberry screen, making it a fantastic option for attorneys on the go. Time Matters also offers this option, though not online, but it is just as cumbersome as Time Matters is. This is slow, but just as simple as using Time59 from your computer. I love having this option, since I always have my Blackberry with me, but don’t always have my laptop.
The downside to all this, of course, is that you have to be connected to the Internet in order to use Time59. This is no problem if you bill “after the fact” by going through your timekeeping notebook at the end of the day, week, or month. It is less convenient if you like to bill in real time.
As soon as Time59 allows expense tracking, it will be a great solution for a small law office. It would be nice if Time59 also had a timer for billing in “real time,” and on my “wish list” would be a simple desktop client to allow me to track time from my computer and sync with the server whenever I am online.