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Afterpattern Review: Document Automation for Law Firms

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Our Rating: 4.7/5

Our rating is based on our subjective judgment. Use our resources—including our rating and community ratings and reviews—to find the best fit for your firm.


Product Details

Services Offered
  • Document Automation
  • Web
Software Integrations
  • Clio
  • LawPay
  • Stripe
  • Google Sheets
  • HelloSign

Core Features

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


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Open API

An open API means that the program has an application programming interface that will allow it to directly integrate with other software programs such your firm's timekeeping, accounting, or custom relationship management software.

Version Control

This means the software provides information on document revisions and makes sure you are using the most recent version of a template.


Built-In E-Signing

Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

Metadata Scrubbing

Document Templates

The document management program creates resuable templates.

Court Forms

Guided Interviews

The program can create a guided interview and then use the client's answers to automatically create a document.

Conditional Logic

If the software uses conditional logic, this means that you can choose to have certain text in your assembled document included only under certain conditions


This means the software can generate tables of any size and place them in your assembled document.


If this field is checked, it means the software can perform calculations based on numerical or text input.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the price of Afterpattern?

Free. You don't get all the features on that tier, but you can really kick the tires. However, at $90.00 per month, you get access to integrations and custom branding.

Does Afterpattern integrate with my Law Practice Management Software?

Afterpattern integrates directly with Clio Manage. However, its Open API allows it to connect with a whole host of other products, provided you have the technical ability to take advantage of it.

Can my law office accept eSignatures through Afterpattern?

Yes. Through their integration with HelloSign, your firm can easily accept ePayments through Afterpatterns apps.

Can my law firm accept ePayments through Afterpattern?

Yes. Afterpattern integrates with Stripe at every payment tier, and AffiniPay at the Professional tier, which is $90.00 per month.

Does Afterpattern have Guided Interviews or client-facing forms?

Yes. Firms can create guided interviews and client-facing forms to use in their apps.

Is Afterpattern easy for lawyers to use?

Afterpattern isn't like all the other document assembly products. So, it takes a little understanding in order to use. However, their documentation is pretty comprehensive. And, once you get the hang of it, it is pretty easy to use.

Can my law firm use our own templates?

Yes. Law firms can easily bring their own templates to the Afterpattern platform. Although, you'll likely need to rebuild them.

Does Afterpattern have ready-made templates?

Afterpattern doesn't have ready-made templates, per se. But it does have a method for sharing apps between users.In this way, not only could you get pre-created apps for your own use, but you could also monetize your own apps as you make them.

How difficult is Afterpattern to set-up?

Lawyers can get started using Afterpattern in just a few minutes. Although we'd suggest you have a plan before you start building, users can easily dabble and experiment as they go.

Will Afterpattern work on my computer?

Yes. Afterpattern is a cloud-based application that will work on any modern browser.

Additional Details about Afterpattern

Client Portal

The Client Portal is a place where you can allow your clients to securely access the apps you have created for them. You can also charge them for this access, which, we think, is a real game-changer.


Afterpattern has some of the best documentation out there. Don’t believe us? Have a look. Not only do they have videos and walk-throughs of how to use their product, but they have tutorials on the basic concepts needed to utilize any document automation software.


The most notable integration for Afterpattern is the two-way sync with Clio (which Documate, Lawyaw, and Knackly also have). However, they also integrate with Google Sheets. So, if you have to, you can send information via Zapier. We would like to see more integrations with products like AirTable, Notion, and standard MySQL databases, which don’t exist right now. But we imagine that is in the works.

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Take the guesswork out of researching, purchasing, and implementing the right legal tech products and services for your law firm. Our Field Guide answers your essential questions and breaks down the features most important to your business, so you can buy with confidence.

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Afterpattern Community Reviews

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  • Jason L. says:

    Buggy after Netdocuments

    The quality of the product and support have gone down significantly since the netdocuments acquisition. All my apps are buggy.
  • Dan S. says:

    Not no code or low code

    This was not a low code tool. Very difficult and required technical knowledge beyond that which anyone in my law firm had.
  • Arthur K. says:
    Has great functionality and accessibility, anyone can learn and make apps in a jiffy, especially with the support their team provides!
  • Noel F. says:
    Seems to have some good functionality but I had to learn to code. I switched back to HotDocs after giving it a try and learning to become a programmer.
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