Access Legal vs. PCLaw

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Access Legal
Score 6.6 out of 10
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DPS Software was acquired by the Access Group in June, 2020, and is the technology basis for Access Legal. Access Legal is a suite of software solutions that enable users to take control of time to deliver better client outcomes through an unrivalled suite of legal software solutions – from cloud-based case and practice management, finance and accounting, compliance and learning through to HR and CRM.N/A
PCLaw
Score 6.2 out of 10
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PCLaw is offered as an all-in-one billing, legal accounting, and matter management solution, from PCLaw | Time Matters, a joint venture spun out of LexisNexis in collaboration with LEAP in 2019.N/A
Pricing
Access LegalPCLaw
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Access LegalPCLaw
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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User Ratings
Access LegalPCLaw
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(2 ratings)
7.8
(6 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
3.0
(1 ratings)
7.0
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
Access LegalPCLaw
Likelihood to Recommend
The Access Group
When you need to have effective communication and records of it with coworkers and/or clients. Calendar function sends a notification 15 minutes prior [to] an appointment or event and at the specific time of the appointment. Is not as well suited on calendar as it is not [very] intuitive.
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PCLaw | Time Matters
PCLaw is well suited for small to medium sized law firms with minimal accounting and bookkeeping needs. The software provides basic case management functions, and I've encountered issues with viewing or organizing new documents. The software crashes and freezes often, especially when multiple users are trying to access it at the same time. The user interface is a bit outdated but still very easy to navigate. You have to pay more for the cloud-based version of the software and it does not allow software integrations or workflow automations. I would recommend using this software only for billing/accounting purposes and subsidizing case management with more modernized products
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Pros
The Access Group
  • Having everything centrally located is very convenient.
  • I really like how I can deal with accounting and billing within the program.
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PCLaw | Time Matters
  • Quick - reports generate faster than Clio or Cosmolex
  • Efficient data entry
  • When set up properly, it speeds up a lot of different tasks
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Cons
The Access Group
  • Notifications when you receive an email on filtered folders.
  • Give extra time when you want to cancel an email recently sent.
  • Improve calendar to be more intuitive.
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PCLaw | Time Matters
  • Like I said in my pros, it can hold a lot of matters. But, if your firm is very large, PCLaw may not be the best option. My old firm grew to the point where they had to switch because they had too many matters for the system to hold.
  • The software is definitely dated, and I have some issues with crashing and other weird/buggy behavior. I have to set the default printer every time I log on in order to avoid multiple pop-ups when trying to print a document/report (which definitely doesn't take much time, but it can get annoying).
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Usability
The Access Group
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PCLaw | Time Matters
The software may not be pretty, but it works. It could use a facelift but the functionality is still there. Personally, I would like to see an investment to make it prettier, but again, function over fashion. It is not a client-facing application, so internal use does not need to be razzle-dazzle.
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Support Rating
The Access Group
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PCLaw | Time Matters
Tech support for LexisNexis PCLaw has been seamless as far as I know. Those issues have been dealt with by others at my organization and I do not have personal experience.
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Alternatives Considered
The Access Group
Clio provides a web-based practice management, time and billing, and client collaboration platform for small to mid-sized law firms.
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PCLaw | Time Matters
PCLaw is still the only product that provides both front office (practice management/calendaring) and back office (accounting) solutions for a law firm in one product
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Return on Investment
The Access Group
  • Communication with coworkers.
  • Communication with other departments.
  • Communication with clients.
  • Filters a lot of spam.
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PCLaw | Time Matters
  • It helped the firm save money on case management software
  • It negatively impacted productivity when dealing with glitches/crashes
  • It was effective in keeping track of the firm's expenses
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