Lawcus is one of the most unique practice management software options you will find. It isn’t quite available to the public, yet, but it’s worth keeping an eye on if you are in the market or you are shopping for something new.
Where Lawcus stands out from the crowd is in its approach to managing your matters. Lawcus is all about workflow. It helps you move potential clients through your intake process to convert them to clients, and then it helps you move your client matters through each stage of the representation to completion. You can even generate reports showing how long it takes you to move between each stage.
Lawcus is basically project management software built for lawyers instead of software developers (for a welcome change), with a simple-but-effective CRM built on the same model.
If you have ever used a kanban board, whether with Post-it notes and tape or Trello, Lawcus will be instantly familiar to you. If you don’t recognize a word in that sentence, Lawcus will probably make sense anyway, but you can read John Grant‘s quick introduction to kanban for lawyers or listen to his podcast on Agile project management for lawyers to get oriented. Each matter in Lawcus is a note or card. Your matters/cards can contain the usual sorts of things you would want to associate with a matter: contacts, tasks, appointments, files, but you can move them around like Post-it notes stuck to a wall.
Lawcus prioritizes productivity. It helps you keep track of your intake process and open matters, but it still holds all the information related to each matter.
Lawcus is still in free beta, but you can request access. It’s still a little rough around the edges and in active development, as you would expect from beta software. Expect to see more features soon, including custom fields and document assembly.
Update: When I took a first look it was in beta. On October 20, 2016, Lawcus got a Material Design overhaul and an under-the-hood rebuild, and quietly launched. It also has a raft of major features added after my review:
- Document assembly
- Secure client portal
- Zapier integration
- Open API
- Custom fields
- Ability to create teams and workspaces
- Collaborate with outside counsel
Originally published 2016-09-12. Last updated 2016-11-04.