Tabs3 is desktop-based Windows-only timekeeping and billing software designed just for law firms. With certain add-ons, it supports electronic billing formats like LEDES.
Billing flexibility. Because it is designed for lawyers, Tabs3 accommodates most legal billing styles. You can bill by a standard hourly rate and customize for each partner or associate. You can also use contingency, split fee, flat fee, task-based, and retainer billing methods.
Extensive reports. Through its dashboard, you’ll be able to run reports showing your top clients, your work-in-progress so you can have an idea of unbilled work, client ledgers, and more.
Seamless integration with other Tabs3 products. Tabs3 makes several products that are designed to connect to its billing software, including their own financial and accounting software and custom report writing software. This means that you can make Tabs3 as extensive or limited as you’d like, depending on how many other products you decide to use.
Tabs3 divides its pricing into whether you have 6 or more users, or 5 or fewer users.
Those with 6 or more users will need to reach out for a custom quote. Those with 5 or fewer users can use their price calculator to determine costs, which can range anywhere from $72/month to a few thousand depending on the features and number of users you want on the software.
To determine whether this software would be a good fit for your firm, you can signup for a free trial through their website.
|Starting Price||$415 one-time license|
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Things You Might Want To Know
Migration. Tabs3 provides conversion and migration services for an additional fee from any program from which you need conversion.
Security. Because you install this software locally on your own machine, you control how secure the data is. At the Platinum level of Tabs3, you can use their encryption utility to encrypt your data locally. If you’re using Tabs3 Connect to access your data on your phone or tablet, transmissions are SSL encrypted.
Apps and integrations. Tabs3 Billing integrates with other Tabs3 programs like its General Ledger, Cost Recovery, and Trust Accounting software. It also integrates with QuickBooks. It is tightly integrated with Tab3’s law practice management software, Practice Master. Tabs3 does not have an app for iOS or Android. In order to access Tabs3 when you are on your smartphone or tablet, you will have to upgrade to Tabs3 Premium and use Tabs3 Connect, a mobile interface.
Who Tabs3 Is For
If you know you will be continuing to use Windows desktops for the foreseeable future and don’t need a full-featured mobile app, Tabs3 may be a good choice. It’s robust and customizable and will give you an excellent overview of your firm’s performance. However, that level of customization is complicated and comes at a rather high cost, especially since you’ll likely need to hire a consultant to help you migrate data and exploit the full potential of the software, which makes it an unlikely choice for solo lawyers.