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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- Bill4Time is cloud-based timekeeping and billing software with practice management features that cater specifically to lawyers, including document and task management workflows and Trust Accounting with IOLTA reconciliation. Learn more about Bill4Time.
- BillQuick is Windows or cloud-based timekeeping and billing software from BQE Software. Learn more about BillQuick/BQE Core.
- Chrometa is a passive time tracker for Macs, PCs, and mobile that automatically tracks and records the application, file, or website you're using. Learn more about Chrometa.
- FreshBooks is timekeeping and billing software with extensive invoicing, payment, and reporting features. Learn more about FreshBooks.
- Tabs3 is Windows-based desktop-only timekeeping and billing software. It is robust, customizable, and flexible, but mostly tethers you to your computer. Learn more about Tabs3 Billing.
- Timeslips legal time and billing software has been used by lawyers for years, but it is both desktop-based and Windows-only, which limits its utility. Learn more about Timeslips.
- TimeSolv is cloud-based time tracking and billing software designed exclusively for lawyers. It also includes project and budget management features. Learn more about TimeSolv.
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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.
- First, determine your firm’s needs. Some programs offer only timekeeping, while others allow you to create bills and invoices and run reports.
- Read through our feature definitions list.
- Then, get more information about the software that most interests you by visiting the product page for each.
- 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.
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.