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Our Rating: 2.8/5

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Community Rating: 2/5 (based on 3 ratings)

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Composite Rating: 2.5/5

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  • Evan Nelson says:

    good interface, outdated, not SMB friendly

    Our small practice of 5 staff has used Amicus Attorney (AA) since circa 2000. Other than TimeMatters there were no sophisticated practice management programs back then, to my recollection. There’s no doubt that this software has contributed to the success of our firm. We really loved it, until recent years.

    AA’s clear advantage is the interface. It makes more sense than that of Clio and PracticePanther, the two competitors we have explored actively. My staff is loathe to move away from AA because we can see AA’s layout for onscreen forms is better.

    However, that’s about where I would stop for the positives when compared to modern day competitors. AA is becoming so out-of-date, and the business model so unfriendly for SMB.

    – AA runs on a Windows computer dedicated to it at your office. There are frequent problems with MS-SQL that require a user with IT skills to troubleshoot. If AA goes down over a weekend, you either need to remote into the server or physically go into the office to reboot it. This is not like a modern day cloud solution, where the company maintains the software.

    – The user software is basically a proprietary browser/interface on your computer for viewing AA SQL database. However, it only runs on Windows. It can’t be run on a Mac. There is a web version to access your AA database remotely but it has only a limited subset of functions; you’ll want all your employees to be locked into Windows.

    – Also, AA’s user software doesn’t have scalable font size. On a computer with a super high display resolution, the AA font is too small to be readable. You must use a lower resolution like on an older computer.

    – It doesn’t run on an iPad or Android device. The makers of AA have sort of made apps for iOS/Android, but they are quite poor, IMHO.

    – Inserting merge fields into a Word or WordPerfect document is a bear! It involves installing macros and using a picklist.

    – AA doesn’t allow you to export any data, at all. Suppose you want cull a list of contacts in your zip code to send them an email blast – you can see them on the screen, but you cannot output that data to create a specialized email/mailing list. This inability to export data easily seems designed to bar people from getting their data out of AA to transition to another program.

    – Because of the way AA integrates with SQL, there is no native report writer. Only the most advanced computer user could ever hope to write a report. The AA company’s owner is happy to do it for you, at consulting rates/hour.

    – Can you make custom variables and screens for entering data? Yes, but it’s an all-day project.

    – The price of AA includes features that most small firms do not need, like integrated credit card charging, and portals for clients to access the data.

    – The contracts are three years in duration. You can add a user and pay for that — but you can never reduce. So, if you start with X employees and decide to reduce by 1 person — you’ll be paying for that lost employee’s AA license for the balance of three years, as there is no cancellation.

    In summary, this was a great that still runs reliably, but it is now past its prime. There are newer, more nimble competitors to consider.

  • Diane Paras says:

    Tech help

    The technical support is uneven. A few techs are very helpful but many don’t seem to care and don’t seem well trained. I wouldn’t subscribe to this again.

  • Anonymous says:

    Great features, but a little out of date.

    Amicus Attorney is full of features, but the interface feels out of date.

  • Additional Details about Amicus Attorney

    Desktop Application

    Amicus Attorney runs on software that exists on your local machine. Although it can be accessed via mobile app, it is essentially a desktop platform. However, you are not limited to office-only access. This platform can be set-up to connect to your data (whether on-premises or cloud-based) from remote locations. Which allows your practice to be fully mobile while all data remains on your firm’s server.

    The Private Cloud

    As an alternative to on-premises installation, Amicus Attorney can be installed on a totally private virtual workspace. This means, you always know where your data exists. The private cloud offers all available features of the on-premises installation, can securely integrate with Office 365 and has full-spectrum security that ensures a secure and compliant experience for users. Ultimately, this would likely be a good option for attorneys who don’t want to maintain an office network, but want greater control over their data.

    Web-based Option

    Amicus Cloud, a separate LPMS offering, runs over the internet in your browser. It gives you the flexibility of cloud-based options with much simpler and streamlined features that you can access from your PC, Mac or tablet. While it does not have all the functionality of Amicus Attorney, it may be a wise option for solo attorneys, or small remote offices.

    Who Amicus Attorney is For

    Amicus Attorney has a wide-range of standard features that will work well for many small to medium-sized law firms. It comes with client management, matter management, document management, and document automation all built-in. It also has a calendaring system, and basic task-management. Additionally, it integrates with HotDocs, for those who need smarter document assembly. And, while it doesn’t have email or accounting built-in, it integrates with Gmail, Outlook, and QuickBooks.

    Firms that want to host their own data while still allowing for some mobility, will find Amicus Attorney the most useful. However, it is not a comprehensive solution. Attorneys looking for project management features beyond simple task management may want to look elsewhere. And when assessing price, you’ll want to take into account any integrations that you require.

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