credit card processing for lawyers

Credit Card Processing for Lawyers

A detailed review of solutions for lawyers and law firms looking for credit card processing software to help them accept payments—online or in person—by e-check or credit card, sync with their accounting software, and meet PCI/DDS requirements. Download our free feature comparison chart!

Alphabetical List

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Read through our feature definitions list.
  3. Then, get more information about the software that most interests you by visiting the product page for each.
  4. 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.

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Feature Definitions

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).

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