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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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  • 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

None. Always need about Handshake's interface with Aderant, way before Aderant purchased them. Seemed like a natural fit.
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I picked WestLaw because they had better secondary sources for my immigration law practice. I've also used WestLaw a lot more over the years so I am more comfortable with the interface. Lexis is slightly cheaper but not meaningfully so. Again, lawyers are stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to legal research platforms. The industry needs to be disrupted as both companies feel stuck in the early '00s
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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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  • Too expensive
  • Need the content it provides
  • Good secondary sources
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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