Legal Time & Billing Software

Choosing which legal time and billing software is right for your firm can be tough. Here's a guide that can help you decide.

Legal time and billing software can save you literally days of administrative work reconciling, referencing, and compiling timesheets and invoices. There are many choices out there specifically for attorneys that can help you keep track of time better than a stop watch, create invoices, reconcile accounts, and sync all that information into your law practice management software so you have an accurate and holistic view of the man-hours being put into matters.

Legal Time & Billing Software (Alphabetical List)

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Legal Time & Billing Software Feature Descriptions

Time Tracking. Time tracking does not include invoicing. Those get their own check mark.

Expense Tracking. Track expenses as well as time so you can bill them to your clients.

Basic Bookkeeping. Basic bookkeeping means basic, checkbook register–style bookkeeping, not full accounting. You will still need accounting software.

Estimates. Provide detailed estimates to your clients before generating an invoice or tracking any actual time.

Online Payments. Accept credit card or eCheck/ACH payments on invoices. Note that some billing software integrates with third-party payment services but don't provide a built-in payment solution.

Recurring Payments. Set up payment plans and subscriptions with automatic recurring payments.

Reporting. Generate reports from timekeeping records to profits per partner. Note that some options have much more robust reporting features than others. If you know you will need a particular report, get a demo or trial to make sure you can get it.

Document Management. Some timekeeping and billing software includes basic document management so that you can add documents and associate them with your cases/matters.

How to Choose Timekeeping & Billing Software

When choosing legal time and billing software for your law firm, it can be challenging to know which specific features you need to keep your business running smoothly. We’ll try to make it easy.

  1. First, determine your firm’s needs. Some programs offer only timekeeping, while others allow you to create bills and invoices and run reports.
  2. Read through our feature definitions list.
  3. Then, get more information about the software that most interests you by visiting the product page for each.
  4. Finally, sign up for a trial account with one or two likely software options, put them through their paces, and select the one that will work best for your firm.

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