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Clio Draft Review: Document Automation Software for Lawyers

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Product Details

Services Offered
  • Document Automation
  • Web
  • MacOS
  • Windows
Software Integrations
  • Clio
  • Word
  • Zapier

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 Clio Draft?

Clio Draft (f/k/a Lawyaw) offers two distinct products: automated court forms and a Microsoft Word-based tool to automate your own documents. For users who just want the court forms library, Lawyaw is priced at $40/month for program access plus $30/user/month. For example, a single user of court forms costs $70/mo., not $40. If you do not need the court forms, but want to take advantage of Lawyaw’s Microsoft Word template tool, it’s $80/month, plus $30/user. Otherwise, users can get all the platform’s features for a price of $120/month plus $30/user/month.

Does Clio Draft integrate with my Law Practice Management Software?

For Clio users, Draft will pull new client information in from Clio Manage, so you don't have to create new contacts in the system. Users can also track Clio Draft drafting time within Clio. For those without Clio, Draft has a rather robust relational database built-in that can handle a substantial amount of your client information.

Can my law office accept eSignatures through Clio Draft?

Clio Draft (f/k/a Lawyaw) has a federally-compliant e-signature tool built right in. Since the product is web-based, lawyers simply sign online and then forward documents to clients for their e-signature. This eliminates the need for a third-party e-signing tool such as HelloSign.

Can my law firm accept ePayments through Clio Draft?

No. Currently, Draft does not have a built-in or integrated ePayment system. But Clio Manage users can easily incorporate Clio Payments.

Does Clio Draft have Guided Interviews or client-facing forms?

At the time of this writing, Clio Draft does not have Guided Interviews, however, users can easily send forms (or questionnaires) to clients to get information from them.

Is Clio Draft easy for lawyers to use?

Draft is a low-code document assembly platform. Its Microsoft Word add-in makes creating templates relatively easy, and users of the Court Forms product will find the necessary functionality has already been built-out.

Can my law firm use our own templates?

Yes. Using the Microsoft Word add-in, or the browser, attorneys can easily import their current templates into the system to use. Although, you will have to set-up any logic that is required.

Does Clio Draft have ready-made templates?

Clio Draft (f/k/a Lawyaw) is tightly integrated with the California state court filing system, giving attorneys access to over 5,000 court forms. Additionally, they provide court forms for jurisdictions in all fifty states. Attorneys can fill out Judicial Council, county, and federal immigration forms with their platform. The company also updates those forms automatically, ensuring access to the most current version. This used to be their bread-and-butter, and for some attorneys, may be worth the sticker price in-and-of-itself.

How difficult is Clio Draft to set-up?

The browser-based app is easy to get started with and Draft's documentation is pretty comprehensive. So, an office can get up-and-running pretty quickly. However, like all document assembly providers, we suggest users take advantage of their onboarding systems.

Will Clio Draft work on my computer?

Clio Draft is a browser-based program so it will generally work on any computer running a modern browser. Obviously, using the Microsoft Word add-in will require you to be able to run MS Word on your computer, which could be either the Windows or Mac version.

Additional Details about Clio Draft

MS Word Add-in

Draft users build their templates directly in their MS Word application. Although all the saved information lives on the application servers, attorneys can take advantage of the robust formatting features that come with MS Word.

Ready-made Court Forms

Clio Draft is a California Judicial Council partner. With that, they can provide a host of approved California court forms. Additionally, they maintain 5000+ USCIS immigration forms in their system and are adding more all the time.

Since being acquired by Clio in late 2021, they have added form libraries for all fifty states. Although they may not have exactly what each lawyer needs for a specific jurisdiction, their customizability allows users to add forms as they see fit.

Who Clio Draft is for

Clio Draft is for attorneys who want to create smart documents in an intuitive and easy-to-use way. The user experience is clean, and their team puts a lot of effort into balancing usability with the power of what the application can do.

Attorneys who want to simultaneously create multiple documents with conditional logic in them will find Lawyaw powerful enough to do so with the Sets feature. Those who want straight-forward template building will find the MS Word add-in feels familiar. Draft has efficient eSignature tools, an intuitive user experience, and still allows complex MS Word formatting features.

Additionally, attorneys who use Clio Manage will find the platform especially helpful. As there is a two-way sync capable of keeping matter and client information up-to-date.

On the other hand, although users can send forms to their clients to fill out, Clio Draft does not handle guided interviews as elegantly as some other platforms. Accordingly, this may not be the solution for practices who are looking to lean -into productizing their services.

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  • John R. says:
    What garbage this add on to the CLIO family is. You must be a level three computer whiz to even understand how to do it. I LOVE CLIO but this add on is a goose egg. Customer service is awful and if you cancel when you pay in advance THERE IS NO REFUND. The only redeeming quality is it did work seamlessly with CLIO, but other than that, steer clear.
    I had HOTDOCS for years and although expensive, I think I’m going back to them. At least I wont have to get a degree in computer engineering to use the product.
  • Linda D. says:

    Why Lawyaw doesn't work for me

    I like the interface with Lawyaw but the software does not have a calculation function. It does not add the sums in a summary of account (GC-400) or in an inventory or appraisal. Also numbers do not necessarily align by decimal point. Also, you cannot adjust where, say, a phone number will appear in a document, so that the preprinted parentheses obscure phone numbers. I have also noted various missing forms and errors in forms.
    The client contact is good with things they can fix, but they have not fixed and have expressed no interest in the calculation and numbers issue. So much of my work requires accurate calculations that ultimately Lawyaw is no longer working for me.
  • Noel F. says:

    Good forms but Clio integration is clunky

    I used LawYaw for court forms for a while. The one thing I found very difficult was that the Clio integration took hours to sync, making it pretty much unusable. Otherwise, a pretty good solution for the court forms they do have.
  • Sara K. says:

    Lawyaw is Awesome!

    We’ve been using Lawyaw for several years. The Lawyaw team is very responsive to requests and willing to adapt their software for users. We enjoy using all of the features (esign, forms, templates, etc.) and the price makes it a great deal for any small or solo attorney. I highly recommend adding Lawyaw to your tech stack at your firm.
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