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PATLive Rating:


  • Customer Experience & Support - 8/10
  • Pricing & Value - 9/10
  • Innovation & Future-Proofing - 9/10
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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.

PATLive is an experienced call center with 30 years of experience and a proprietary scripting software for customized call handling. It’s one choice for a virtual receptionist for your law firm.

Who PATLive is For

PATLive is likely a good fit for attorneys that have varying levels of receptionist service needs from month to month, as it offers a more flexible pricing scheme than some competitors. It may not a good fit for attorneys that want a dedicated iOS or Android app to track messages and make changes to the service. PATLive works with all types of businesses, so for those seeking a company that only works with attorneys and law firms, PATLive may not be a good fit for you.

PATLive Features

Services Offered
  • Virtual Receptionist
Starting Price
$39/month plus $1.95/minute
Free Trial
Software Integrations
Virtual Receptionist Features
While all virtual receptionist services include a live receptionist and allow you to use your own phone number, some offer additional features like appointment scheduling or client intake. Availability varies, as well. Some virtual receptionists are available 24/7/365, while others are available during business hours (usually extended to accommodate multiple North American time zones) with voicemail outside of those hours.
Live Receptionist
Although they are called "virtual" receptionists, the person who answers the phone is, in fact, a real person who can use your customized greeting, request information according to your instructions, make warm transfers to you, or take messages.
Receptionist Hours
Appointment Scheduling
You can give your receptionist access to your calendar or scheduler so they can book appointments for you.
Client Intake
A virtual receptionist service can be a partner in your intake process rather than only and ask questions and gather information according to your intake script.
Outbound Calls
Some virtual receptionist services will make calls for you in order to relay basic information such as confirming an appointment, providing directions to your office, or making referrals.
Free Local or Toll-Free Phone Number
You may prefer to use a different phone number to help you track your callers, or a toll-free number to make it easier for some people to contact you.
Additional Languages
  • Spanish
Chat Features
There are two kinds of chat offerings: live chat and chatbots. Both can be hosted on your website so that visitors can contact your firm by typing rather than calling. Live chat means a real person is available to chat with visitors, like a virtual receptionist for text-based messaging. A chatbot, on the other hand, offers pre-scripted responses to visitors' input, sometimes with the help of AI.
Live Chat
We're using live chat to mean chat plus a team to respond to inquiries, as opposed to a chat tool you can use to respond yourself.
Live Chat Hours
Chat Tool
With a chat tool you can add a chat box to your website so that visitors can chat directly with you or your firm staff when you are available.
A chatbot is an automated messaging tool for automated communication with visitors to your website or within commonly used messaging apps like Facebook Messenger. Some are essentially a guided form, while others might use AI to answer more complex questions.
Phone Features
A hosted phone solution allows you to move your entire phone system to the cloud. It can also come with advanced call routing options, call recording, analytics, and more.
Call Routing
With call routing you can direct incoming calls based on criteria you set. For example, you could send existing clients directly to the lawyer handling their matter. Or distribute potential client calls evenly among intake staff. Or just send calls to your virtual receptionist after hours.
Voicemail Transcription
Your phone service can transcribe your voicemails using text recognition software so you can read your messages instead of listening to them.
Call Recording
"This call may be recorded for quality control purposes." Only if you want to, of course.
Call Analytics
Use information about your calls to identify patterns, calculate the ROI of your marketing efforts, and improve your client service.
Text Messaging
Send and receive text messages using your business phone system.

Additional Details about PATLive

Extra for Spanish. If you’d like to include Spanish-speaking receptionists to your plan, it will cost an additional $20/month.

Other services. PATLive is also able to handle lead collection, schedule appointments, and explain routine things to callers such as what your practice areas are. If the need arises, PATLive can also handle event registrations and order processing.

United States-based virtual receptionists. PATLive’s US-based call center is staffed 24/7/365 (Spanish-speaking receptionists are available from 7 am to midnight.)

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