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Rating Breakdown

Our Rating: 4.3/5

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.

Community Rating: 4.3/5 (based on 4 ratings)

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

Composite Rating: 4.3/5

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

4.3/5

Product Details

Apps
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Windows
Installation
  • Hybrid
Software Integrations
  • LawPay
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • QuickBooks Online
  • ScanSnap
  • InfoTrack
  • Microsoft Word
  • RingCentral
  • Campaign Monitor
  • Family Law Software

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.

Compare Smokeball Similar Products

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Smokeball

4.3/5

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Pros
  • Advanced Trust Accounting
  • On-premises Option
  • Document Automation
Cons
  • Lack of Integrations
  • Complex Initial Set-up
  • Not for Solos

LEAP

4.3/5

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Pros
  • Strong Task Management
  • Document Automation
  • Billing & Timekeeping
Cons
  • Expensive
  • No Google Integration
  • No OSX Application

MyCase

4.8/5

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

Rocket Matter

4.3/5

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

Zola Suite

4.6/5

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Pros
  • True All-in-one
  • Strong Task Management
  • Document Management
Cons
  • Lack of Integrations
  • Expensive
  • Not for Solos

Smokeball Community Reviews

4.3

Based on 4 Reviews

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swanfamilylawyers

2/5

“Smokeball for a Family Law Firm”

June 13, 2022 12:44 AM

I made the change from Leap to Smokeball as the principal of a small family law firm. I invested in the cost of moving data files from Leap and set up MYOB to work with Smokeball. I made the transition pulled the trigger and on day one found the court documents I was promised would work were terrible. Unlike Leap no autocalculate. I was offered add on software 'FamilyProperty' which was never mentioned at the time of initial negotiation. I am still waiting a refund 5 months after terminating the agreement as a consequence of the failure of Smokeball to deliver software in accordance with the representations made regarding its performance.

Scott S.

5/5

“Magic”

January 12, 2019 12:05 AM

Started using it 18 months ago. I reclaimed 2-3 days per month that I used to spend doing the bills and managing the billing process. The auto-time tracking feature is the most remarkable development ever. If your fingers are on a keyboard, Smokeball is capturing your time. Most days, billing for me now means 3-5 minutes of editing the auto-time data. Billing and editing is easy to use. Also robust practice management features and cloud storage. My entire electronic pleading file is now on my phone. It’s not perfect, it needs some more reporting tools. But it is the most amazing, flexible and robust solution I’ve encountered. I can’t recommend it enough.

robtayman

5/5

“Kept their promises”

December 6, 2018 2:42 PM

I have a not super complicated EP practice, and I went with Smokeball because of their promise to tightly integrate with Office 365 and provide excellent document assembly. It also has some automated timekeeping feature, where it tracks the emails, documents, and memo's created out of Smokeball - making it easy to complete your timekeeping later in the day. I've been very, very happy.

Sheldon M.

5/5

“Excellent Email Integration”

February 9, 2018 12:18 PM

Extremely satisfied. Smokeball has an excellent layout, helpful support and the desktop elements makes it faster than web-based programs. Additionally, Smokeball allows you to link emails to matters directly in Outlook as well as to directly upload and save documents to/from matters. I don't think any other practice management software offers this level of integration.

REVIEWS (4 out of 4)

Additional Details about Smokeball

Things You Might Want to Know

Basics

Windows only. If you use a Mac, you will have to run Windows using virtualization software like Boot Camp, Parallels, or VMWare Fusion in order to use Smokeball.

Apps. There are also limited mobile apps for both iOS and Android. These show you information in matters, your daily digest, your calendar (and those of your colleagues, if applicable), your tasks and to-do list, and also let you add documents to a matter.

Setup

After you sign up, a representative will schedule a call with you. They’ll guide you through the install process as well as remotely install and configure the software for you. This includes:

  • Installation.
  • Installing add-ins for Microsoft Word and Outlook.
  • Setting up your letterhead template.
  • Configuring user preferences.
  • A consultation call to learn more about your firm and its needs.
  • Two online training sessions covering basic and advanced features, and additional feature-related training you request.
  • Dedicated account management from their “client success team” for the life of your subscription.

In short, the setup process is fairly time-intensive, but, in general, robust functionality requires some set-up.

Migration. Except for your contacts, there is no way to bulk import information from other practice management software into Smokeball. For contacts, you can provide a CSV file to Smokeball during your onboarding experience.

Template setup. There are three ways to get up and running with document assembly: (1) use the pre-installed templates, which include public court and administrative forms; (2) give your documents to Smokeball, which will turn them into templates for you; or (3) set up your templates yourself.

Tasks & Activities

Task permissions. While it is convenient to be able to view the tasks of everyone at the firm, there is no way to restrict permissions if you don’t want everyone’s tasks to be shared with everyone else at the firm.

Ai (Activity Intelligence). Ai is a tool to help you keep track of what’s happening in your firm on a day-to-day basis. Activity Intelligence allows you to add activities to client bills or simply review your and your team’s productivity.

Invoicing included. You can track your time in their interface—either automatically or manually—and use its billing features to transform your time entry into finalized invoices and send invoices.

Data & Security

Backup. For storage and backup, Smokeball uses Amazon S3, a cloud-storage service with a high level of security, uptime, and backup capabilities.

Security. Smokeball uses 256-bit SSL encryption for all data traveling between your computer and their servers and all data while at rest. For what it’s worth, most of the cloud-based practice management software options in our directory use 256-bit SSL encryption.

Smokeball Pricing

Smokeball’s pricing information is available upon request. To learn more about their pricing options, you will need to reach out for more information.

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