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Documate Rating:
4.8/5

Features

  • Customer Experience & Support - 10/10
    10/10
  • Pricing & Value - 9/10
    9/10
  • Security - 9/10
    9/10
  • Innovation & Future-Proofing - 9.5/10
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9.4/10
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Rating Breakdown

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.

Community Rating: 5/5 (based on 5 ratings)

The community rating is based on the average of the community reviews below.

Composite Rating: 4.8/5

The composite rating is a weighted average of our rating and the community ratings below.

Documate is a document assembly & automation platform that allows you to create templates and forms to speed up your document creation. Attorneys can generate document sets for internal use and create intake forms for clients. Additionally, workflows—a series of automated actions—can be easily shared with colleagues. Use the following Documate review of its features and pricing to determine if the platform is right for you.

Who Documate is For

Documate is designed for attorneys with no coding experience. Because of that, it is likely a good choice for lawyers who want to automate some of their documents without needing to learn a complicated program. And, since full workflows can be shared with other members of the team, it’s also a good choice for small firms that want to avoid duplication of efforts.

On the other hand, attorneys who are looking to create simple, mail-merge style documents, may find Law Practice Management Software can handle their needs without Documate’s pricing.

Pros Cons
MS Word Add-inWeak Zapier Integration
Guided InterviewsNo Ready-made Templates
White LabelingExpensive

Features

Website
www.documate.org
Services Offered
  • Document Automation
Starting Price
$83/month (2 users)
Free Trial
Apps
  • Web
Software Integrations
  • Clio
  • DocuSign
  • Google Sheets
  • HelloSign
  • Stripe
  • Word
  • Zapier
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.
Document Management Features
Version Control
This means the software provides information on document revisions and makes sure you are using the most recent version of a template.
Encryption
Built-In E-Signing
Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
Metadata Scrubbing
Document Automation Features
Document automation (also called document assembly) software uses your document templates and information from a form or other source, like your law practice management software or CMS, to assemble documents for you.
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
Tables
This means the software can generate tables of any size and place them in your assembled document.
Calculations
If this field is checked, it means the software can perform calculations based on numerical or text input.

Documate FAQs

What is the price of Documate?

Documate pricing starts at $83/month for two users.

Does Documate integrate with my Law Practice Management Software?

The platform integrates directly with Clio Manage and allows the import of Client and Matter information. However, through their Zapier integration, lawyers can connect to a whole host of Law Practice Management Systems and other applications. As of this review, however, Documate's Zapier integration is a bit weak.

Can my law office accept eSignatures through Documate?

Yes. Using either the HelloSign, or DocuSign integration, users can easily add eSign capabilities into their application.

Can my law firm accept ePayments through Documate?

Yes. Through its integrations with Stripe, lawyers can add a paywall anywhere in the Documate workflow.

Does Documate have Guided Interviews or client-facing forms?

Yes. With Documate, users can create Guided Interviews (and include video instructions), or simply use client-facing forms to input and manipulate information in their documents.

Is Documate easy for lawyers to use?

As a no-code solution, Documate’s MS Word add-on makes it relatively easy for non-programmers to create documents. As with all document assembly solutions, however, users will need to have an idea of basic programming concepts like loops, variables, and conditional logic. Which, you can likely learn from their how-to videos and tutorials.

Can my law firm use our own templates?

Yes. In fact, loading your own templates and then using the MS Word add-on to automate them is probably the best way to begin.

Does Documate have ready-made templates?

No. But with the MS Word add-on, it is relatively easy to get started using your own forms.

How difficult is Documate to set-up?

The platform is a no-code solution with a Microsoft Word add-on. For simple documents and workflows, users can generally get set-up almost immediately. However, as with all document assembly products, we definitely suggest taking advantage of Documate's on-boarding process and reviewing their how-to videos. This app's strength is in some of it's more complex features, and users will want to take advantage of that.

Will Documate work on my computer?

As a browser-based solution, Documate will work on any computer with a modern browser. Obviously, in order to use the MS Word add-in, users will need separate access to MS Word.

Additional Details about Documate

Redaction. This platform allows you to collect sensitive data, such as Social Security Numbers, on intake forms, but redact that information on the document that is generated. Which means that the information is still retained but will not appear in the document.

Custom Development. Documate can help you get all your forms and templates up on their system with its Automation Specialist program.  This is particularly useful for busy firms who don’t have time to set up hundreds of templates.

Server location choices. Set up your server anywhere in the world to comply with data security laws in your jurisdiction.

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5 Documate Community Reviews

  1. Noel F. says:

    been looking for this for years

    Great product and team. Excited I found it here! Robust enough that I can do almost anything in my documents and not have to make edits after they generate. But also dead simple to get started. And it can be client-facing. Their team is responsive at all hours of the days, nights, and weekends – dont know if their team sleeps!!! I have tried pretty much every solution out there, and the others are all so developer-centric that I couldn’t figure them out, and I’m pretty tech savvy! Best platform out there – been looking for something like this for my entire time practicing.

  2. Kristofer S. says:

    Not just doc automation, but legal product/app builder!

    I cannot emphasize how much Documate has changed my practice. I started using it for pure document automation, but I have now built a suite of legal products and web apps (e.g., I have a “TurboTax” for uncontested divorces, one for wills, and another for employment docs, and many more coming!) that I charge consumers for using Documate and the paywall integrations. So the software has paid dividends in allowing me to monetize my practice by building flat fee tools. I was going to hire a developer to help me do this, but Documate is like your own personal software development tool for your firm (but I didn’t need to learn anything about code).

    It’s been easy and intuitive to set up, but whenever I’ve had questions, their customer service has far surpassed my expectations. I’ve made a few feature requests that they implemented. So, for that, you’re welcome to the rest of you… :)

  3. Josh J. says:

    Goldilocks of legal platforms

    Lots of power, but also super easy to use. Justttt right.

  4. TJ J. says:

    Powerful tool for complex document automation and client collaboration

    Our firm uses Documate to generate a variety of contract sets. Because no coding knowledge is required, we were able to set it up very quickly. It allows for quite a bit of complexity in formatting your documents, adding conditional logic, and setting up complex calculations. The system passed our high privacy and data security requirements, and they set every user up on a dedicated instance, which is crucial when you’re dealing with sensitive legal information.

    Whenever we have had any “wish list” items, they’ve been quick to add features. The customer service is excellent.

  5. Susan L. says:

    Our firm loves Documate

    Used to be HotDocs users, but we switched to Documate last year. We love the software. It’s very easy to set up workflows, but it also has been able to do everything we want it to – all kinds of formatting, conditions, calculations, etc. Thanks to the Documate team for their excellent customer support, too.