Timeslips is one of the oldest timekeeping and billing software programs used by lawyers. It is desktop-based and for Windows only. It includes many predefined reports and supports legal industry-standard billing codes such as LEDES 98B and Litigation Advisor 1. Because it is desktop-based, there are less full-featured legacy versions still in use, but all features discussed below are available in the newest version, Timeslips Premium.
Budgeting. Budgeting on a client-by-client basis, particularly for larger clients, can give you a better sense of cash flow. Timeslips allows you to create client-specific budgets and easily duplicate those budgets if you’re planning on using the same basic scheme for multiple clients.
Passive time tracking. Timeslips can capture time automatically based on which applications and websites you are using. You can set up a number of rules for the passive tracking, including preventing tracking specific applications or windows or assigning categories based on the application or window you’re using. Passive time tracking can then be converted into time slips.
Desktop-based. You have to install Timeslips on your Windows computer. If you have multiple users, you’ll need a server to host it so you can all use the software together. This does mean you have complete control over the program’s uptime and security on your end but also limits your mobility of use.
Timeslips’ pricing is based on how many users you have, and whether you prefer to pay a subscription (annual or monthly) or a one-time licensing fee. The subscription edition has two additional features: free product updates and new product editions released during your subscription and unlimited access to tech support.
For more information about pricing, you will need to reach out. If you want to figure out if Timeslips is right for you, it offers a free, full-featured 30-day demo you can sign-up for.
|Starting Price||$783 one-time license|
|Starting Processing Fee|
|Free Trial||No, but you can request a demo.|
|Accepts Major Credit Cards|
Things You Might Want To Know
Migration. Timeslips doesn’t support the importing of external data aside from correctly formatted Excel documents, which is a rather cumbersome process.
Security. Because you install the software on your own computer or server, you are responsible for the security of your data. At a minimum, you’d want to encrypt all the data on your hard drives so that, were they to be accessed, the attacker would only get gibberish.
Apps and integrations. Timeslips does not have any apps for iOS or Android but does allow for mobile access (providing you’ve configured your own computer or server for remote access.) It does integrate with accounting programs such as QuickBooks, LawPay, and Peachtree. It also integrates with some programs in Microsoft Office, allowing you to send bills via Outlook and perform mail merges in Word.
Who Timeslips is For
Timeslips is generally only for lawyers who are already using it. The Windows-only desktop interface is outmoded and difficult to use in the era of mobility and working from anywhere. It is also much more expensive than most other timekeeping and billing software. Lawyers at big firms who have an IT department to manage installation and daily functions may find it tolerable.