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Aderant Handshake

1 Ratings
Score 7 out of 101

Thomson Reuters Westlaw

12 Ratings
Score 8.5 out of 101

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Aderant Handshake

The user of Handshake takes a certain amount of user computer literacy and the user needs to be resourceful. When building our site, I needed to google quite a bit. On the contrary, if budget allows, Handshake developers will do it all for you.
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Thomson Reuters Westlaw

Best suited for legal research. Also helpful when looking for statutes, or other regulations. When looking up research on Westlaw, I know that it is accurate. It is less appropriate perhaps in a smaller firm where the cost exceeds it benefits
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Pros

  • The main reason we got Handshake was to display visual gadgets for our accounting systems. We always provided spreadsheet type reports, but pictures and more engaging. Attorney gets a dashboard in real time of where they stand financially.
  • Additional use as FAQ's in different departments in the firm, that is, accounting, IT, and office services.
  • Knowledgebase - How to's and software.
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  • The headnotes allow me to quickly read through the key aspects of the case.
  • Keycites make for quick efficient searches.
  • The flagging system is great for making sure the case is still good law.
  • Ability to save highlighting and comments on cases makes for organized research.
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Cons

  • Documentation is weak, but hopefully, since Aderant just acquired the company, that will improve
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  • sometimes results are too broad
  • pricing
  • sometimes its hard to make searches relevant
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Alternatives Considered

None. Always need about Handshake's interface with Aderant, way before Aderant purchased them. Seemed like a natural fit.
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Compared to LexisNexis, Westlaw is easier to use. Text is easier to read with less distractions. Easier to find statutes and regulations. While Lexis has the shepardizing feature, Westlaw has a method of checking to make sure the law is still good law. Shepardize is Lexis's best feature however it is not a strong enough feature to make me prefer it over Westlaw
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Return on Investment

  • Hard to say, but ultimately putting knowledge in the hands of fee earners immediately it is positive.
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  • Great resources available
  • Research
  • Document templates
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Pricing Details

Aderant Handshake

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

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