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Our Rating: 3.3/5

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.

3.3/5

Product Details

Apps
  • Web
Installation
  • Cloud
Software Integrations
  • None

Core Features

For Law Practice Management Software, the following are essential features, and you should therefore expect to see a check in every box in this section.

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Case/Matter Management

Matter management is the defining feature of law practice management software, of course. However, some software is targeted at specific practice areas and may implement case management in different ways in order to manage information specific to those practice areas.

Client/Contact Management

Managing clients and other contacts is a core feature of law practice management software.

Task Management

Basic task management includes creating tasks with due dates that can be associated with cases/matters and assigned to different lawyers. Some products stick to pretty basic task management, while others offer enough features to make any Getting Things Done devotee happy.

Calendar

As with email, this feature means a full calendar client, not just an integration with Outlook or Google Calendar.

Timekeeping

Timekeeping is a core feature of practice management software, essential for lawyers who bill by the hour but useful even for those who don't.

Conflict Checking

An actual conflict checker is more than just a search box. This applies to software that actually has a conflict checking feature. Implementation varies, but at a minimum you should be able to search the entire database for matching names. It should check for conflicts accurately and intuitively, allow for a lateral hire to input their conflict database into the system, work quickly when new clients call, and comply with the rules of professional conduct for checking conflicts.

Email Client

Does it include a full email client? (Alternative solutions that don't amount to an email client, like plugins for Outlook or Gmail, do not earn a check for this feature. See software integrations, below.))

Text Messaging

Can you send and receive text messages and associate them with your matters?

Document Management

Basic document management allows you to add documents and associate them with your cases/matters.

Document Assembly

Loading your firm’s document templates into your law practice management software can save time and ensure consistency. This check means basic document assembly suitable for form letters, invoices, etc. For advanced document assembly, you’ll probably need additional software.

Secure Client Portal

Does the provider have a way for your client to interact with you or their information in the system? This can take many forms. It can be a way to securely view and pay bills, a method of scheduling meetings, or a way for your client to view information about their case itself.

Basic Bookkeeping

This means basic checkbook register–style bookkeeping, which is more limited than full accounting. You should be able to keep track of your operating accounts and reconcile your balances, but you may still need full accounting software.

Trust Accounting

This means you can track your client trust accounts, including expenses and payments. It is normal to see trust accounting without basic bookkeeping or full accounting, in which case you will need something else for accounting.

Full Accounting

Some software includes full double-entry accounting features, making additional accounting software unnecessary.

Billing & Invoicing

Does the software allow you to send bills or invoices?

Online Payments

Payment processing is increasingly offered either as an included or add-on feature, especially with cloud-based law practice management software.

Open API

An Open application programing interface (API) allows other software programs to interact with the platform. It allows users to build integrations where there might not currently be one. However, not all APIs are equal. If you are looking to integrate using an API, it's advisable to review the platform's documentation before making a decision.

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  • Business Reports
  • On-premises Option
  • User Controls
Cons
  • Complex Initial Set-up
  • No Mobile Access
  • No Client Portal

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Pros
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  • Integrations
  • Customizability
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  • Basic Templates
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MyCase

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Pros
  • Cloud-based
  • Strong Task Management
  • Client Portal
Cons
  • Lack of Integrations
  • Limited Intake
  • Simple Document Management

Rocket Matter

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Pros
  • Integrations
  • Client Portal
  • Project Management
Cons
  • Limited Intake
  • Simple Document Management
  • Basic Templates

Zola Suite

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Pros
  • True All-in-one
  • Strong Task Management
  • Document Management
Cons
  • Lack of Integrations
  • Expensive
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Additional Details about Firm Central

Tight integration with Thomson Reuters products. This includes Westlaw, Westlaw Form Builder, Practical Law, and Drafting Assistant, although each is sold separately.

Searchability. All documents and other information you upload into Firm Central are indexed to make search quick, easy, and pretty comprehensive.

QuickBooks integration. This software can handle timekeeping, expense tracking, billing, and trust accounting, but it does not have a full accounting package. Instead, it integrates with QuickBooks.

Tiered pricing. The Core plan is $40/user/month, but most lawyers will want the Essential plan, which is $65/user/month and adds timekeeping and billing and trust accounting. The Premier plan jumps to $105/user/month and includes more powerful features like rules-based calendaring, docket notifications, and more.

Deadline Assistant. Firm Central’s Deadline Assistant tool helps you manage court deadlines and syncs them with your Outlook calendar. You’ll even receive email alerts when important court dates have been changed. Only available to Premier plan subscribers.

Mobile apps. While the web app is mobile-friendly, there are no mobile apps for Firm Central.

Security. This company provides plenty of information about security on its website, but the important parts are these: Firm Central encrypts your data in transit and at rest using “bank-grade” encryption. All data is stored on Thomson’s US-based data centers. (Many other law practice management software providers use Amazon Web Services servers.)

Secure client portal. You and your clients can send and receive messages files, and tasks securely.

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