AbacusLaw provides tiered, cloud-based solutions for law firms, providing everything from case management to a full desktop in the cloud that could replace an entire IT department. With AbacusLaw—the base case management software—lawyers will get a calendar that functions as a look-a-like Outlook, custom designed for people with task-heavy jobs. Like most case management software, Abacus Law links matters to a users’ calendar, clients, documents, and emails. From pre-set matter styles to pre-written forms for many jurisdictions (that can also auto-fill certain information), AbacusLaw can streamline the basic needs of most practices.
Upgrading to AbacusLaw Gold delivers more robust tools, including time tracking, billing, and accounting. Users can bill directly from case matters and run detailed reports from accounts, trust balances, aged accounts receivable, and more. Firms have access to over 100 standard accounting and billing related reports, and can even have additional reports built out for an additional fee.
Firms can work within the Abacus Private Cloud, although it is possible to run it locally. The Abacus Private Cloud integration will give far more robust backend support. Running everything in Abacus Private Cloud means users get nightly backups of the matter management database and all documents and forms. Users also get automatic updates and system enhancements. Through the integration, lawyers can link all incoming and outgoing emails from their Outlook account directly into AbacusLaw. This means emails are added to matters seamlessly. However, this integration might be cost-prohibitive for smaller firms.
Who AbacusLaw is For
AbacusLaw is a good fit for firms that want access to a private cloud server and desktop software. It’s also great for firms that need a wide range of seamless features like contract management, billing, calendar, client history, and more. However, law firms who want to work directly from a fully functioning mobile app may find it lacking.