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Actionstep

2 Ratings

Clio

13 Ratings

Actionstep

2 Ratings
Score 8.7 out of 101

Clio

13 Ratings
Score 8.5 out of 101

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Actionstep

ActionStep is a powerful CRM and matter management tool. It provides many other good benefits too. For example powerful accounting and billing, time tracking and document management. Only in highly specific areas, like multiple many to many contact relations has it fallen short. But even in this highly specialized area, so many other benefits are provided that it hardly matters.
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Clio

Clio is perfect for solo practitioners and small firms. I handle a small number of complex cases, and it takes care of timekeeping and invoicing. I think it would be outstanding in a high-volume practice (criminal law, Social Security, personal injury, WHA practices).
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Pros

  • The workflows are great to automate simple tasks like notifying people when an engagement letter is signed.
  • Mobility. Because it's in the cloud it's easy to access from anywhere.
  • The scratch pad is a good way to take quick notes.
  • ActionStep lets you create custom fields so you can make sure the data you need is collected.
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  • Access the calendars of everyone in the firm. We can schedule remotely and share with the entire team.
  • Manage tasks. We have our task lists, we can assign tasks, notify via email and get notified when a task is complete. We also track the tasks by matter so we can instantly see what everyone is working on.
  • Track contacts and conflicts. Everyone in the firm can access the full contact database anywhere, any time. We can instantly check for conflicts - even when out of the office
  • I love the firm feed. It allows us to see the activities of anyone and everyone in the firm. Very helpful when trying to track down who made a change or added/removed items from the file. Now that they also have a firm feed my matter it is even more useful and dynamic.
  • Clio's sync with One Drive makes it so much easier to access a document when working from home, at a client office or other remote location.
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Cons

  • ActionStep is difficult to setup. I suggest working with a consultant which increases cost.
  • Needs mobile app.
  • One of our practice areas, Property Law, request we have a many to many contact relation. ActionStep cannot accommodate this. However, no other software I have reviewed can do this either. ActionStep is the most robust that I have seen and comes closest to making this work.
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  • UI
  • Streamlining
  • Analytics
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Clio9.0
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Rather than talk in generalities, I'll give two specific examples. First, after updating my OS, I got locked out of Clio. I was back in, up and running, with no loss of data, within an hour thanks to Clio customer support.Second, I made some specific recommendation for features that I thought would be useful. Those recommendations fell in a black hole, with the suggestion that I try a very buggy third party integration app. Clio is making lots of money from lawyers using its software. Why can't Clio create the integrations and test them if Clio is not willing to build them into its platform?
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Alternatives Considered

I have worked with a lot of software. Each one has a different focus. ActionStep is better at workflow and task automation that the items above, in my opinion. However, having gone through many different deployments, what really matters is identifying your key requirements and needs. Then evaluation software against those. Once you have your requirements and software, focus on using that software to fix issues in existing workflow. This, when compared with ongoing training, is what it means to invest in software. Simply purchasing ActionStep or any software without identifying needs, problems in workflow or an investment in training is not a good plan. Neither is comparing the vendors to one another without knowing all of your specific needs.
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I switched from MyCase to Clio and haven't looked back. MyCase is decent, but I felt like I could use basic timekeeping/invoicing software for less $$ than MyCase.Clio has more features, and looks to be working to continually improve
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Return on Investment

  • I love the workflows that can be deployed for practice areas to ensure consistency. This has reduced new employee onboarding time and increased the speed at which we can complete matters.
  • Since ActionStep lives in the cloud, and we have O365 our firm is very mobile without spending lots of money in TS or other such infrastructure.
  • Creating the workflows is a bit complex, so this increases the overall cost and makes an ROI take longer. I suggest spending a bit more initially to get everything setup and working with a consultant to learn how to do this on your own during that initial setup.
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  • Allows for better projections
  • Simplifies client organization
  • Doesn't allow for as much collaberation
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Pricing Details

Actionstep

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Clio

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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