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Score 8.2 out of 100
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Score 6.4 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Access Legal (DPS Software Spitfire) is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • PCLaw is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.0

Access Legal (DPS Software Spitfire)

90%
2 Ratings
5.6

PCLaw

56%
6 Ratings

Usability

Access Legal (DPS Software Spitfire)

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

PCLaw

80%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

3.0

Access Legal (DPS Software Spitfire)

30%
2 Ratings
7.0

PCLaw

70%
4 Ratings

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 The user interface is a bit outdated but still very easy to navigate.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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Pricing Details

Access Legal (DPS Software Spitfire)

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Access Legal (DPS Software Spitfire) editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    PCLaw

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    PCLaw editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Usability

      The Access Group

      No answers on this topic

      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

      No answers on this topic

      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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