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Rating Breakdown

Our Rating: 2/5

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: 5/5 (based on 1 rating)

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

Composite Rating: 3/5

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

3/5

Product Details

Apps
  • Windows
Installation
  • On-Premise

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

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

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Time Matters Community Reviews

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  • Joel B. says:

    Powerful practice management systrm

    Very powerful system. Desktop program. I like to leave my work at the office – so seeing my documents at the beach does not interest me. Great to build application for law practice.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Where can I use Time Matters?

    As of this review, you can run Time Matters on a PC, or any other computer running the Windows operating system. They do have a mobile app that will run on iOS and Android, but, like many other LPMS mobile apps, it does not have full functionality.

    What is the price of Time Matters?

    Time Matters is a custom priced solution. If you’re interested, you should reach out to their team.

    Is Time Matters secure?

    As an on premises solution, Time Matters will be as secure as your IT team makes it.

    Does Time Matters integrate with Microsoft 365?

    As of this review, Time Matters integrates only with Outlook. However, their sibling software, LEAP, integrates with Microsoft 365 more broadly.

    Does Time Matters integrate with Google Workspace?

    No. The Time Matters software does not integrate with Google Workspaces.

    Can Time Matters handle my Trust Accounting?

    Time Matters can likely handle your trust accounting. This is one of the reasons users would purchase it in the first place.

    Can I accept online payments with Time Matters?

    As of this review, Time Matters software does not have a native ePayments solution. However, most users would be able to use payment links through third party software like LawPay.

    Does Time Matters integrate with Zapier?

    No. The software does not have a direct integration with Zapier.

    Can I automate documents with Time Matters?

    Yes. One of the benefits of Time Matters software is that it includes mail-merge style document automation.

    Is Time Matters compatible with both PC and Mac?

    Time Matters software is really only compatible with PC computers running the Windows operating system. Although Mac users could manage to run the software, they would need to jump through some extra hoops.

    Additional Details about Time Matters

    Time Matters is a Windows-based legal practice management software originally made by LexisNexis. Users can manage clients and cases, keep track of calendar appointments, and assign tasks. Additionally, users can keep track of emails, documents, research, billing, and matters or projects all from this desktop software. For an additional cost, one can integrate Time Matters with Billing Matters, an add-on software option for firms looking to handle billing with this legal software. With this, users can search for more billable hours and work through malpractice issues.

    Who Time Matters is For

    In our view, Time Matters is for firms who are already using the software. Many support service providers are migrating users to other, more up-to-date, software like LEAP, Smokeball, or Rocket Matter. Although their team is working to make the software more friendly to the modern lawyer, this appears to merely be a salve, not a solution. 

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