At this point, all lawyers and law firms should have the ability to process credit card payments from their clients. The feature is no longer a luxury–the client experience demands it. Now, whether or not you should pass-on the merchant fee to your client is still up for debate. Although, it is generally unarguable that you should have this ability.
Obviously, the key concern when choosing a provider is protecting your Trust account. You must be able to deposit directly into your IOLTA, while guaranteeing that all fees are withdrawn from another account altogether. All of the providers in this portal have this ability. Although, they may require varying degrees of effort on your part to set up.
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How to Choose Legal Credit Card Processing Software
When exploring your legal 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:
4 Steps to Choosing Credit Card Processing Software for Lawyers
- Assess your Firm’s needs.
Some credit card processing software only give law firms the ability to accept online credit card payments. Others allow you to accept e-checks, sync with your accounting software, and more.
- Find Features
Read-through our Feature Definition list and determine what functionality is good for your purposes.
- Research Products
Then, get more information about the software that most interests you by visiting the product page for each.
- Test the Products
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.
Credit Card Processing for Lawyers (Alphabetical List)
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ClientPay is a trust compliant payment processing solution with features that create an efficient payment process for clients and attorneys alike. Learn more about ClientPay
Headnote is more than credit card processing for lawyers. With its advanced collection processes, it's a billing system in itself. Learn more about Headnote
LawPay is a credit card processor designed for lawyers and law firms that integrates with many law practice management software programs. Learn more about LawPay
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Credit Card Processing for Lawyers Feature Descriptions
About Credit Card Processing Fees. Comparing credit card processors on price is difficult because there are so many fees involved, from monthly fees to per-transaction fees, with variations for eCheck/ACH versus swiped cards versus keyed-in transactions and extra fees for "signature cards" like American Express. As a rule of thumb, credit card processing fees are 2–3.5% of the transaction. eCheck/ACH fees are usually lower.
Accept Payments. Accepting payments is the defining feature of credit card processing tools, of course. However, not all processors accept all payment types. See below for a more detailed breakdown.
Recurring Payments. You can use recurring payments for subscriptions and other pay-over-time fee arrangements.
Send Invoices. Some credit card payment processing tools include a basic invoicing feature in case you don't have separate accounting or billing software.
Payment Reminders. With payment reminders you can automate email notifications to your clients to remind them about upcoming or past-due payment dates.
Issue Refunds. When you have to give the money back.
Reporting. Generate report like payments received or upcoming payments.
Fraud Protection. Payment processors should monitor transactions for suspicious activity to help avoid fraudulent charges.
Trust Account Compliance. Some jurisdictions may require law firms that accept credit cards to comply with specific procedures. For example, pulling the transaction fee from your operating account or having your client pay it instead of subtracting it from the payment amount.