Law Practice Management Software
Law Practice Management Software Overview
What is law practice management software?
Law practice management software allows law firms to manage cases, contracts, clients, and (sometimes) accounting processes, such as recording and invoicing billable time. In other words, they offer a combination of CRM, document management, scheduling/time tracking, accounting, and project management features specifically for law firms.
These tools automate standard procedures, such as:
checking for conflicts of interest and checking statutes of limitation
preventing duplicate data entry, and
facilitating secure information sharing within the firm.
They allow users to create to-do lists, draft documents, and track calls, emails and other forms of communication. Thus, the calendar is a central feature that is important to planning case timelines, setting up reminders for calls and important deadlines, etc. Most systems will integrate with users' personal electronic calendars (to provide daily schedule and alerts on a mobile device, for example).
Buyers should check whether the system will be sufficient for tracking billable time, creating invoices, and other accounting procedures required by the firm. Some legal practice management products integrate with accounting software, while others do not require users to use separate accounting software.
Law Practice Management Software Features & Capabilities
Billable time tracking, task management
Business task, document generation & intake automation
E-billing & invoice generation
Double-entry accounting, IOLTA accounting
Contact management, legal CRM
Built-in matter management
Calendaring and docketing
Private web portal and customer communication
Expense allocation and business intelligence
Law practice management software is available on a subscription-basis, billed annually or monthly. Apps for small practices with limited feature sets are available per user at less than to plans for middle tiered firms are available from $50 to $100 monthly per user. More advanced enterprise level plans are available for more on annual plans, sometimes featuring web presence and marketing support as well.
Law Practice Management Products
Clio is web-based legal practice management software for solo practitioners and small firms. It is designed to replace multiple different systems (like document management, case management, and accounting software) to streamline the amount of technology that small firms need to manage.
LawGro aims to help law firms grow their practice. This solution includes a cloud and mobile based legal practice management software powered by Artificial Intelligence and is driven by real-time analytics. LawGro offers secure and collaborative ways to engage with clients for a more rewarding ex...
ProLaw from Thomson Reuters is software designed to simplify and coordinate the work of lawyers and staff by combining case and matter management, time entry, billing, accounting and reporting within a single integrated solution.
Amicus Attorney is a legal practice management platform which focuses on growth and business development, from AbacusNext in San Diego.
MyCase provides web-based practice management software designed for solo and small firm legal professionals. MyCase aims to offer a secure, all-in-one legal practice management solution to alleviate the burden of high caseloads, poor client communication, and practice management operations. The p...
Rocket Matter is legal practice management and time and billing software on the web, with apps for iPhone and Android. Rocket Matter integrates to email, and also includes document management and calendar features.
LexisNexis offers PCLaw, a practice management software that focuses on automating and streamlining the administrative tasks associated to managing a law firm.
Thomson Reuters Elite offers 3E, a legal practice management platform focusing on simplified IT and data management, and also accounting.
LexisNexis offers Firm Manager, which integrates with Quickbooks to provide a legal practice management solution, with a focus on operational efficiency.
Actionstep in Richmond offers their flagship legal practice management software as an end-to-end solution, containing both matter management tools and business administration automation, with an internal billing and accounting system.
Rippe & Kingston Systems in Cincinnati offers the LMS Practice Management system, which is oriented towards managing the financial aspects of running a law practice, with integrated accounting and general ledger.
TyMetrix® 360° is a SaaS-based e-Billing and Legal Matter Management software solution that allows users to manage all of their matters and legal invoices in one place. It is designed to be intuitive and simple to learn to help legal staff manage matters with ease, streamline daily activities, st...
HoudiniEsq is legal practice management software, delivered either in the cloud or on-premise. HoudiniESQ users can manage Calendars, Dockets, Documents, Clients, Staff, Email, and more. The software integrates w/ Adobe, QuickBooks, Word, Excel, & Outlook.
PracticePanther is law practice management software. It is simple, easy to use, mobile-responsive, and secure. Customers include solo practitioners, virtual, small, and mid-sized firms worldwide. The core of PracticePanther software includes contact & matter management, time & expense tracking, i...
Zola Media offers the Zola Suite of software, a low cost time and matter management application dedicated to solo practitioners and small practices, emphasizing simplicity and ease of use.
Aderant’s Expert Sierra is a cloud-based legal management software solution designed for mid-sized law firms. This solution includes options for document management and financials. The vendor’s value proposition is that their software-as-a-service solution (SaaS) gives users access to the premier...
PerfectLaw in Miami offers a legal practice management system offering document management and business tasks automation.
CosmoLex in New Jersey offers their legal practice management application which supports all business administration needs, as well as accounting and billing internally, without needing to integrate with accounting software.
PracticeMaster es a legal practice management application oriented towards managing contact information and scheduling, from Tabs3 Software in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Case.one in Irvine offers their flagship product as a legal practice management solution offering client portal and data store, billing and invoicing, and integration with many enterprise storage and accounting applications.
MerusCase in Oakland offers their flagship legal practice management solution as a relatively low cost cloud-based solution featuring time tracking and billing, document management and workflow automation.
ESILAW is a legal practice management system containing accounting, matter and contact management, billing, receivables, payment management, and other features. It's offered by Canadian company ESI Software.
Acumin is a legal practice management system focusing on business workflow automation, from Dexco Corporation in Montreal.