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Score 8.5 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

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

Aderant Handshake

  • 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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Thomson Reuters Westlaw

  • Easy to use
  • Logical, clear to follow
  • Access to certain publishers
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Cons

Aderant Handshake

  • Documentation is weak, but hopefully, since Aderant just acquired the company, that will improve
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Thomson Reuters Westlaw

  • Some functions/features may seem less familiar if you are used to other platforms
  • Certain resources are not the very best (and are available on other engines)
  • Costly!
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Alternatives Considered

Aderant Handshake

None. Always need about Handshake's interface with Aderant, way before Aderant purchased them. Seemed like a natural fit.
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Thomson Reuters Westlaw

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

Aderant Handshake

  • Hard to say, but ultimately putting knowledge in the hands of fee earners immediately it is positive.
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Thomson Reuters Westlaw

  • Positive return by making legal research more efficient.
  • Cost more to use however saves time and allows for more work to get done.
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Pricing Details

Aderant Handshake

General

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

Thomson Reuters Westlaw

General

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

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