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PatternBuilder Review: Legal Document Automation for Lawyers

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Our Rating: 4.7/5

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Product Details

Services Offered
  • Document Automation
  • Web
Software Integrations
  • NetDocuments

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 PatternBuilder?

PatternBuilder does not publish pricing. They prefer to start a subscription conversation via demo ( Firms can request a demo without being an existing NetDocuments customer

Does PatternBuilder integrate with my Law Practice Management Software?

PatternBuilder integrates tightly with NetDocuments. All documents created in the platform are automatically saved there. If your LPMS integrates with NetDocuments, PatternBuilder documents will be accessible within that also.

Can my law office accept eSignatures through PatternBuilder?

Yes. In addition to native esignature tools, NetDocuments integrations like DocuSign are also available.

Can my law firm accept ePayments through PatternBuilder?

No, as of this review, PatternBuilder does not have an ePayment component.

Does PatternBuilder have Guided Interviews or client-facing forms?

Guided interviews are available for internal use, including conditional logic and tables. PatternBuilder lacks external, client-facing forms.

Is PatternBuilder easy for lawyers to use?

Yes, it is a "no code" solution and promises that legal team members can create and update workflows without engaging a software developer or IT professional.

Can my law firm use our own templates?

Yes, in fact, the platform uses only your templates. There are no starter sets or jurisdictional bundles to buy. Instead, you start with the documents you have.

Does PatternBuilder have ready-made templates?

No, as of this review PatternBuilder does not offer ready-made templates. However, on the plus side, you automate the language you’ve perfected in practice.

How difficult is PatternBuilder to set-up?

As a cloud service running atop NetDocuments, PatternBuilder requires no installation. As a "no code" application, it has a gentle learning curve.

Will PatternBuilder work on my computer?

Users create documents through a web-based process. Any modern web browser on any modern operating system (e.g., Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android) can open the PatternBuilder tool and generate a document.

Additional Details about PatternBuilder

PatternBuilder adds powerful automation and document assembly features to NetDocuments without attorneys needing to hire or be software developers or shade-tree IT professionals.  

Core Automation Capabilities 

PatternBuilder offers attorneys the major document assembly tools, such as text, date, and number variables. Users can create document templates from existing documents and build guided interviews. Template capabilities include conditional logic and data tables. Additionally, calculation variables remove the math burden from form users. 


PatternBuilder harnesses all the features inherent to NetDocuments, such as version control, encryption, and optical character recognition. Further, building on underlying NetDocuments capabilities or its open API, PatternBuilder can reach other vendors like Clio, DocuSign, and more. 

Who PatternBuilder is For 

PatternBuilder’s “no code” philosophy makes it approachable to automation novices. And, once the firm creates and deploys automated templates, PatternBuilder promises to be a self-service tool for clients and coworkers. Further, unlike some automation or assembly programs, it advertises the ability to “create customized, error-free documents at scale,” indicating that PatternBuilder is a strong fit for high-volume practices. However, firms not already using NetDocuments may want to consider alternatives. 

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