- Authorize.Net is a payment processor that will allow your firm to accept credit card, e-check, mail, and in-person payments. Learn more about Authorize.Net.
- Headnote is an easy-to-use, trust-compliant payment tool for lawyers that allows attorneys to request online payment from clients by either eCheck or credit card and offers attentive customer service. Learn more about Headnote.
- LawPay is a payment processor program designed just for lawyers. It can split your credit card transactions into separate operating and trust accounts so you always remain trust account compliant. Learn more about LawPay.
- Lex/Actum is a payment processor tailored for law firms because it separates transactions into operating and trust accounts. Learn more about Lex/Actum.
- LexCharge is a trust account-compliant credit card payment processing solution exclusively for attorneys. It integrates with law practice management software Rocket Matter as well. Learn more about LexCharge.
- Square is a credit-card processing service that is easy to use but is ultimately more geared toward retail businesses. Learn more about Square.
- Stripe is an easy-to-use payment processor that will get you up and running quickly so your firm can accept credit card payments. Learn more about Stripe.
When exploring your credit card processing options, knowing the specific features that will keep your business running smoothly can be challenging. We’ll try to make it easy:
- First, think about your firm’s needs. Some credit card processing software only gives you the ability to accept online credit card payments. Others allow you to accept e-checks, sync with your accounting software, and more.
- Read through our feature definitions list.
- Then, get more information about the software that most interests you by visiting the product page for each.
- Finally, sign up for a trial account with one or two likely software options, put them through their credit-card-processing paces, and pick the one that works best for your firm.
Feature Comparison Chart
We’ve listed all the key features for the most popular credit card processing software options in our directory.
Online Payments. This means the program will allow you to process credit or e-check payments through a browser or payment portal.
Phone/Mail-in Payments. A check in this box means that the payment processor has a virtual terminal—or other similar feature—that lets you accept and process physical checks or take credit card numbers over the phone.
In-Person Payments. This means the software will process in-person bill payments through a virtual terminal or a credit card reader like Square.
Mobile Payments. If this box is checked, you can use the software to accept payments from your smartphone or tablet. The software may have a mobile app to facilitate mobile payments or you may need a third-party card reader like Square.
Fraud Prevention/Detection. Payment processors offering this feature monitor transactions to help find and head off sketchy charges.
Recurring Billing. This means you can set up billing that will automatically occur periodically, like monthly bills to clients.
Customer Data Management. If there is a check here, the software includes data-analysis and reporting capabilities.
Syncs with Accounting Software. Some payment processors sync data directly with accounting software like as QuickBooks.
e-Checks. This means the program can accept electronic versions of paper checks.
Separate Operations/Trust Accounts. Software checking this box will automatically separate funds into your trust and operating accounts as required.
Separate Invoicing Software. This means the payment processor has invoicing software for a separate charge or subscription fee.
PCI/DDS Compliance. A check here means that the processor is compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DDS).