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Gusto Review: Payroll Software for Lawyers

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Core Features

For Accounting & Bookkeeping, the following are essential features, and you should therefore expect to see a check in every box in this section.


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Basic Bookkeeping

This means simple double-entry bookkeeping.

Connect Bank Accounts

Link your bank accounts for up-to-date transaction information with little or no manual data entry.


Online Payments

This means the ability to accept credit card or echeck payments within your accounting software, either through its own payment portal or via a third-party integration like PayPal or Square. Most online payments involve a separate processing fee.


Mileage Tracking

Keep track of miles traveled visiting clients or heading to the courthouse, making it easier to tally for taxes or billing purposes or add to your expense reports.

Bill Payment

Pay your firm's bills without leaving your accounting software.

Statement Reconciliation

Helps with the complex task of balancing your business accounts. Does not necessarily include more advanced reconciliation features like three-way trust account reconciliation.


Payroll includes automatically calculating employee taxes, printing checks, and paying by direct deposit.

Tax Preparation

Some accounting software can also be used to prepare taxes for your firm so you can review, approve, and even pay your taxes all in one place.


Businesses need reports to help assess key business performance indicators like profit and accounts receivable. Some products have more robust reporting features than others.

Foreign Currencies

Check Printing

Contact Management

Store contacts for invoicing or billing purposes.

User Management

User Management means the software allows your firm to differentiate between persons who have access to the information and adjust their levels of access based on their relevant users statuses.

Split Origination Reporting

This means that the product allows your firm not only to track where a file came from but also to allocate a percentage of the origination to individual users.

Recurring Payments

Some providers will allow you to set up recurring payments for your clients that will be automatically debited based on selections your clients make.

Trust Account Management

This means the product allows you to differentiate between client trust accounts and track them individually. It also means that the product helps you manage your three-way reconciliation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I use Gusto?

Gusto is a web-based service, so you can access it from any modern web browser. Additionally, Gusto offers a mobile app for your employees, called Gusto Wallet, to help them manage, transfer, and save money.

What is the price of Gusto?

Pricing starts at $40/mo. plus $6/user/mo., for the Simple plan, meaning that the minimum cost is $46/mo. They also offer a Plus plan at $80/mo. plus $12/user/mo. and a Premium tier with custom pricing. Plus’s advantages include multi-state payroll, next-day direct deposit, and many workforce management tools. Additionally, Gusto offers a “Contractor Only” plan $35/mo. plus $6/contractor.

Is Gusto secure?

Yes. It uses 256-bit AES encryption, stores information in highly-secured, access-restricted data centers, and all employees undergo security training.

Does Gusto integrate with my Law Practice Management Software?

No, Although it offers many integrations, including popular products like Dropbox, QuickBooks, and Xero, Gusto does not integrate with any LPMS software.

Can Gusto handle my law firm's trust accounting?

No, Gusto is designed for payroll and staff management, not trust accounting.

Is Gusto good for solos?

Gusto is probably overkill for a true solo practitioner. However, it could be useful for a practice with a single attorney and several support staffers.

Will Gusto connect to my online bank account?

Yes, it connects to your online bank account for purposes of transferring money.

Can my law firm manage users with Gusto?

Yes, each employee of the firm has access to their specific payroll and HR information.

Will my law firm's accountant be able to use Gusto?

Yes, any user you grant access to the product can use it.

Can my firm accept ePayments with Gusto?

No, Gusto is not intended to accept ePayments.

Additional Details about Gusto

Gusto Payroll Pricing

Gusto has a tiered pricing scheme that essentially allows usage to grow with a firm’s needs. Keep in mind, however, that a firm is charged per contractor they use per month with the Contractor package.

Contractor ($6/user/month)

This one is great for solo practitioners who occasionally need to pay contractors and keep track of 1099s.

Simple ($6/user/month + $40/month base fee)

This tier fits small to medium-sized firms who want to offer advanced Human Resources services like Health Benefits Administration, but don’t have enough employees to make the Plus package worth the money.

Plus ($12/user/month + $80/month base fee)

Because of the additionally automation and self-service features, those who need a little more assistance than what the Simple package provides, may find a great solution here.

Premium (exclusive pricing)

For those who are looking to run a robust HR department with as few direct employees as possible, choose this option.

Gusto Payroll User Experience Review

Gusto’s main advantage over other payroll software is its self-service portals. A firm’s employees and contractors are able to enter much of their own data into the system—and the firm simply reviews it. This includes 1099s and W-4s. As a result, many of the duplicate data-entry tasks that bog down HR departments are reduced significantly.

Who Gusto is for

Whether someone is just starting a law firm or they’ve been practicing for decades, if the practice does not have a dedicated HR department, Gusto payroll software could be a helpful addition. Its functionalities are especially beneficial for those who have multiple employees and are looking for an easy way to keep track of employee benefits, wages, and time-off.

However, some existing accounting software, like QuickBooks, already has an add-on function for payroll, employee benefits, and time tracking, so it is likely not necessary for everyone.

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