AbacusLaw by CARET vs. Smokeball

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AbacusLaw by CARET
Score 4.1 out of 10
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AbacusLaw is a case management software that tracks hours and processes billing touting a functional mobile application, from AbacusNext in San Diego.N/A
Smokeball
Score 8.5 out of 10
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Smokeball in Chicago offers their flagship cloud-based legal case management application featuring time tracking, file and document management, billing, and legal form generation.N/A
Pricing
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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User Ratings
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Likelihood to Recommend
1.0
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8.0
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Support Rating
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User Testimonials
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Likelihood to Recommend
CARET (Abacus Data Systems, Inc. )
My understanding is AbacusLaw was bought out by CARET and now pushing their cloud based CMS. Support has always sucked with AbacusLaw. Again, our latest 10+ issues has been going on since 2/13/2023 and it is now 5/18/2023. Abacus STILL does not know how to fix our issues!!! For $60/month per user, you think they would have better support. I have in the process of canceling our contract for breach of contract due to support and the issues for the last 3 months and going with a new CMS. However, the partners of the firm want to stick with a self-hosted (stand alone) CMS, and they are few and far between anymore.
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Smokeball
1. Small and medium-sized law firms: Smokeball is specifically designed for small and medium-sized law firms, making it well suited for this type of organization. 2. Firms looking to streamline their workflow: Smokeball's range of features, including document management, time tracking, email management, calendar management, and task management, make it well suited for firms looking to streamline their operations and increase efficiency. 3. Firms looking to improve collaboration: Smokeball's centralized document repository and task management system make it easy for teams to collaborate and access information, making it well suited for firms looking to improve collaboration among team members.
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Pros
CARET (Abacus Data Systems, Inc. )
  • Security
  • Organization
  • Easy to use
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Smokeball
  • Document Management: Smokeball provides a centralized document repository where users can store and organize all their case-related documents. This helps to improve document accessibility and collaboration among team members.
  • Time Tracking: Smokeball automatically tracks time spent on a case, eliminating the need for manual time tracking. This results in improved billing accuracy and helps the firm to accurately bill clients for the time spent on their cases.
  • Email Management: Smokeball integrates with a user's email account and automatically categorizes emails as they come in. This helps users to quickly find and access important emails, reducing the amount of time spent searching for information.
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Cons
CARET (Abacus Data Systems, Inc. )
  • SUPPORT STINKS - As of today we have been having issues for OVER 3 MONTHS, but Abacus now only has ONE Tier II tech, and ONE Tier III tech and neither one have figured out our problem or fixed it!
  • Having a lot of issues since day one
  • We have a self-hosted version and are not on the cloud and the updates usually bring other issues. They don't know the term "if its not broke don't fix it."
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Smokeball
  • User Interface: Some users have reported that the user interface could be improved to make it more user-friendly and intuitive.
  • Customer Support: Some users have reported long response times and inconsistent quality of customer support, which could be improved to provide better service to users
  • Mobile Accessibility: Currently, Smokeball does not have a mobile app, which limits accessibility for users who are frequently on the go.
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Support Rating
CARET (Abacus Data Systems, Inc. )
The support is generally good and relatively quick BUT when there is a new product or something they want you to buy, I have felt a bit harassed at that point by sales but when I have an issue I don't feel like support jumps on it as quick.
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Smokeball
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Alternatives Considered
CARET (Abacus Data Systems, Inc. )
I did not evaluate MyCase when we selected AbacusLaw. I did not select AbacusLaw and was not involved at that time in the decision. I am evaluating MyCase NOW to REPLACE AbacusLaw.
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Smokeball
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Return on Investment
CARET (Abacus Data Systems, Inc. )
  • We have been using Abacus (and previously Amicus) for so long it is hard to tell.
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Smokeball
  • Increased efficiency
  • Improved accuracy
  • Improved collaboration
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