CosmoLex is a cloud-based practice management software with a robust feature set that includes a full law-firm accounting package. CosmoLex’s accounting features mean you don’t have to deal with migrating information to and from a general-purpose accounting software package like QuickBooks or Xero.
Full law-firm accounting. Meeting your professional accounting requirements can be a challenge if you use QuickBooks or Xero, but CosmoLex will generate all the necessary reports in addition to the usual billing, check-writing, and bank feed features you would expect from accounting software. (You can control who can see your account information, of course.)
Document assembly. CosmoLex now has basic document assembly for creating documents from your client and matter records.
Credit card processing included. CosmoLex includes LawPay for no additional monthly fee, which makes it easy to accept credit cards from clients while meeting your trust accounting requirements.
Single-page application. Speed matters, especially when it comes to browser-based software. CosmoLex feels fast and responsive because the page doesn’t reload every time you click a link or button. Most of the time, it feels just as fast as desktop software.
CosmoLex offers a 14-day free trial, after which pricing is based on the number of users:
- $49/user/month if billed annually.
- $59/user/month if billed monthly.
This is in the same range as other well-established, cloud-based law practice management software options, which tend to start around $39–59/user/month. CosmoLex is priced higher than MyCase and roughly comparable to Clio‘s mid-tier plan.
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Things You Might Want to Know
Include your accountant. If you intend to do your accounting in CosmoLex, it’s a good idea to get your bookkeeper and accountant on board before you switch. They shouldn’t have any objection—trust accounting, in particular, will be much easier in CosmoLex—but they will need to work with it, too.
Email integration. CosmoLex does not integrate with Gmail or Outlook. Instead, you can set up any email client (including Gmail and Outlook) to automatically forward emails to CosmoLex. When CosmoLex receives an email from you, it will attempt to automatically tag the email with the appropriate contact and matter. If it can’t figure out what matter to tag your email with, it will hold it in an Untagged folder for you to tag manually. You can also resolve emails that match more than one client or matter under the Multi Match folder. (You only have to organize the emails CosmoLex doesn’t recognize.)
Security. CosmoLex protects all data traveling between your computer and CosmoLex’s servers using 256-bit SSL encryption, which is often referred to as “bank-grade” security. All CosmoLex servers are located in the United States and, CosmoLex notes, are subject to U.S. jurisdiction. This may be a plus or a minus depending on your viewpoint.
CosmoLex has McAfee run a third-party security audit every 24 hours, and a third-party penetration test from May 2016 found “no exploitable vulnerabilities … that could compromise customer data.”
To its credit, CosmoLex is quite transparent about its security features.
Backup. CosmoLex backs up your data every four hours and keeps multiple, redundant, encrypted backups in several locations. However, there is no way to download a copy of your data.
Mobile apps. CosmoLex has apps for iOS and Android that have the features you are most likely to need while working from your phone, but it does not have the full functionality of the web app. Fortunately, the web app is responsive so you can use CosmoLex from your phone or tablet as long as you have internet access, but some features are not going to be very easy to use on a phone screen.
Migration. CosmoLex can help you migrate data from your existing law practice management and accounting software. Plan ahead, though; data migration takes longer than simply signing up for a CosmoLex account. For non-financial data (i.e., contacts, matters, and associated information), you will have to work with CosmoLex technicians. Depending on the complexity of the data migration job, it could even take days or weeks to complete.
CosmoLex provides instructions for migrating financial data yourself (or with the help of your bookkeeper or accountant), but you do have to wait until your non-financial data has been migrated. CosmoLex technicians or certified partners can also take care of migrating your financial data for a fee, or a minimum-term commitment.
Third-party integrations. In general, CosmoLex favors including features over integrating with third-party software and services. But there are exceptions. CosmoLex integrates with Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Calendar, and Office 365 Calendar, plus LawPay for credit card processing, Chrometa for time tracking, and Casemaker for legal research.
Workflows. Using CosmoLex’s Workflows feature, you can add a series of tasks that are triggered by the completion of the previous task or another time frame you set.
Who CosmoLex is For
CosmoLex is an excellent choice for firms that want robust accounting included with full-featured cloud-based practice management software.
On the other hand, CosmoLex probably is not a great fit for firms that need to link a number of software and services together, unless they are included in the list of third-party apps CosmoLex already supports.