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What is PCLaw?

PCLaw is offered as an all-in-one billing, legal accounting, and matter management solution, from PCLaw | Time Matters, a joint venture spun out of LexisNexis in collaboration with LEAP in 2019.

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PCLaw is a versatile legal accounting software that caters to the needs of law firms and independent practices worldwide. Users have found …
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8 out of 10
March 09, 2022
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PCLaw is a robust legal accounting program used in many law firms worldwide for the management of time and billing, trust accounting, and …
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2 out of 10
February 09, 2021
PCLaw was used by all members of the firm, including attorneys and members of the support staff, for case management, time entry, and …
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What is PCLaw?

PCLaw is offered as an all-in-one billing, legal accounting, and matter management solution, from PCLaw | Time Matters, a joint venture spun out of LexisNexis in collaboration with LEAP in 2019.

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Product Details

What is PCLaw?

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PCLaw dashboards work the way you work and think: visually, with a lawyer's-eye view of what really matters. No need to open a bunch of folders, or flip back and forth between screens. PCLaw makes it one-click easy to see everything you need relating to your practice, your clients, and your business.

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PCLaw is offered as an all-in-one billing, legal accounting, and matter management solution, from PCLaw | Time Matters, a joint venture spun out of LexisNexis in collaboration with LEAP in 2019.

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 7.

The most common users of PCLaw are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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PCLaw is a versatile legal accounting software that caters to the needs of law firms and independent practices worldwide. Users have found PCLaw to be an invaluable tool for efficient time tracking, billing management, and overall firm finances. With its user-friendly interface, multiple people within the firm, including attorneys and support staff, can easily input their time and expenses into the system. This eliminates the need to hire an accounting professional for day-to-day operations, saving both time and resources. Moreover, the seamless integration with practice management software like Lexis Nexis Time Matters ensures accurate synchronization of clients and time entries, streamlining the billing process.

Another key use case of PCLaw is its role in case management. Certain lawyers and paralegals utilize the software as a central database for select cases, storing contact information, events calendar info, deadlines, and case facts. This comprehensive application allows for careful monitoring of the progress of numerous cases across various practice areas. Additionally, PCLaw enables users to view pertinent documents and manage client information within the system, promoting organizational efficiency.

For the accounting billing department, PCLaw serves as an essential tool for capturing billable hours, ensuring accurate time entries, maintaining client trust accounts, and streamlining collections. The software's robust functionality enables easy management of accounts receivable while also acting as a reliable time input system for firm users.

Furthermore, PCLaw proves beneficial for associations of independent practices looking to expand their firms. As more lawyers are added to the organization, PCLaw provides a scalable solution for managing billing, accounting tasks, and overall firm finances.

Overall, users find PCLaw to be a valuable asset in their day-to-day operations. Its ease of use and broad range of features make it an efficient tool for law firms and independent practices alike. Whether it's managing billing and accounting or streamlining case management processes,PCLaw delivers on its promise to enhance productivity and streamline operations.

Efficient Time and Expense Management: Several users have praised PCLaw for its straightforward and easy entry of time expenses and invoices, especially after the initial setup. This feature allows users to accurately track billable hours and easily generate invoices, saving them valuable time and effort.

Customizable Invoices: Users appreciate the software's ability to fully customize invoices, tailoring them to their specific needs. This flexibility ensures that firms can present professional-looking and personalized invoices to their clients, enhancing their brand image and client satisfaction.

Intuitive User Interface: Many reviewers have found PCLaw's user interface to be well-designed and intuitive, making it easy to navigate through the software. The intuitive design helps users quickly locate the information they need, improving overall productivity and user experience.

Outdated and Unreliable: Many users have expressed frustration with PCLaw's outdated software, experiencing frequent crashes and buggy behavior. Some reviewers have reported difficulties in viewing documents due to the software freezing or crashing. Additionally, there have been no significant updates or new features added in several years, leaving users feeling that the software is not keeping up with their needs.

Lack of Integration and Limited Cloud Support: PCLaw lacks integrations with other software systems and does not offer the ability to accept online payments. This has been a pain point for some users who rely on seamless integration between different tools. Furthermore, the limited cloud support of PCLaw as a desktop solution hinders accessibility and collaboration for those who prefer working in the cloud.

Slow Support Response Time: Users have cited slow response times from PCLaw's support team when seeking assistance or troubleshooting issues. This delay can create frustration for users who need timely resolution to their problems.

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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
PCLaw is a robust legal accounting program used in many law firms worldwide for the management of time and billing, trust accounting, and overall firm finances. I have used this as a controller in many law firms in North America along with helping implement and train on the system.
  • Client trust management
  • client billing management
  • firm accounting
  • PCLaw tends to run into data stability issues which can cause unbalanced accounting and client reports.
  • PCLaw is a desktop solution and has limited cloud support
  • In my opinion, PCLaw is becoming very expensive and the company cannot justify the cost until they have a system that does not have the instability issues and can work in the cloud.
Overall, in comparison to the other legal accounting solutions on the market, PCLaw is still a better choice. It is a very comprehensive legal accounting program that provides the ability to customize reports and billing and track all the aspects of a client file. At the moment there are few products that even come close to the usefulness of PCLaw.
February 09, 2021

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Alexis Dudek | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 2 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
PCLaw was used by all members of the firm, including attorneys and members of the support staff, for case management, time entry, and billing purposes. We could view pertinent documents, manage client information, and track our time within PCLaw. PCLaw allowed us to carefully monitor the progress of hundreds of cases across a variety of practice areas.
  • Users can easily navigate the software
  • Helpful technical support is provided during business hours
  • Accounting features generate detailed reports on expenses and payments
  • Cost-effective for small to medium sized firms
  • The software frequently crashes and freezes
  • Documents are difficult to view within the software
  • No software integrations
  • Does not accept online payments
PCLaw is well suited for small to medium sized law firms with minimal accounting and bookkeeping needs. The software provides basic case management functions, and I've encountered issues with viewing or organizing new documents. The software crashes and freezes often, especially when multiple users are trying to access it at the same time. The user interface is a bit outdated but still very easy to navigate. You have to pay more for the cloud-based version of the software and it does not allow software integrations or workflow automations. I would recommend using this software only for billing/accounting purposes and subsidizing case management with more modernized products.
Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our firm is an association of independent practices (myself and one lawyer for now, but we plan on having a third lawyer before the end of the year). The other lawyer has been with PC Law for years, though I have been using CosmoLex. I decided to make the switch to PC Law to make things easier across the firm as the assistants will work on files for both lawyers.
  • Quick - reports generate faster than Clio or CosmoLex
  • Efficient data entry
  • When set up properly, it speeds up a lot of different tasks
  • Outdated - user interface is not very intuitive and appears old
  • server based - IT needs to be involved to solve some issues
  • support is very slow to respond
PC Law is well suited where your support staff is already familiar with it. If you will be training your support staff to use PC Law, it takes a fair bit of experience to be able to use it efficiently. It also requires a server, so if you are a smaller firm and you do not already have a server, there are probably better alternatives.
Derek Schroeder | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
PCLaw is a wide-ranging application for billing and accounting. It is nicely linked with practice management software, such as Lexis Nexis Time Matters. It is a very powerful application capable of managing accounts receivable as well as a time input system for users of a firm. The ability to link the software to practice management means all clients and even time entries synchronize.
  • Link to practice management software to synchronize clients.
  • Provide structured and organized system for accounting.
  • Excellent tool for capturing time entries and keeping employees accountable.
  • Linking system is prone to issues.
  • No significant investment in updated features or functionality in several years.
  • Could use a facelift, but function over fashion.
Law firms are extremely well suited (as the software was designed primarily for them) for PCLaw. It pairs and links to their practice management solution (such as LexisNexis Time Matters) and is one of the few billing and accounting software for law firms that works well. There are only a handful of competitors, which might explain why the software has not had any significant investment of features or functionality in quite a few years.
Jaime L. Regan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
LexisNexis PCLaw is used largely by our accounting/billing department to address issues related to capturing billable hours (and comparing to/ensuring time entries are accurate), maintaining client trust accounts, and streamlining collections. It is also used by certain lawyers and paralegals to create a central database or repository for select cases that stores contact information, events/calendar info, deadlines, and case facts.
  • Streamlining billing/collections
  • Centralizing case information into a repository
  • Capturing billable time
  • Generating bills sometimes comes with errors that are not easy to identify
  • Troubleshooting errors in billing is sometimes tricky
  • No other issues!
LexisNexis PCLaw is excellent for streamlining the billing process from the capture of time entry (in order to compare billable entries to time spent, etc) to generating pro formas to sending out finalized bills to tracking collections. This is probably its greatest strength. It is also nice for providing a centralized repository to store case information but is used by a completely different subset of people in this regard.
Sean Conroy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
As a small firm, and being the office manager, I am the main user of PCLaw. I input the time that our attorneys forward, expenses, invoices, and bill at the end of the month. At my previous firm, we had 40-50 employees, so multiple people would have access to PCLaw in order to input time and work on billing. Usually, the accounting department would have full access, and the support staff/attorneys would be able to input time and run reports.

This software is easy enough to use that we do not need to hire an accounting professional to be able to run on a day-to-day basis. It is very easy to put in lawyer's time and get bills out quickly to clients, which helps our cash flow.
  • The software can hold a decent amount of matters, which works great being an IP firm with multiple (sometimes hundreds) of matters for each client.
  • Entry of time/expenses/invoices is very easy once the software is initially set up.
  • The software allows you to fully customize your invoices.
  • Like I said in my pros, it can hold a lot of matters. But, if your firm is very large, PCLaw may not be the best option. My old firm grew to the point where they had to switch because they had too many matters for the system to hold.
  • The software is definitely dated, and I have some issues with crashing and other weird/buggy behavior. I have to set the default printer every time I log on in order to avoid multiple pop-ups when trying to print a document/report (which definitely doesn't take much time, but it can get annoying).
If you're a law firm who has a lot of clients/matters, PCLaw may not be available for you. My old firm grew to a point where they had to switch to Juris because they had too many matters in the system. If you're a smaller firm who needs an accounting software that is easy to use and can quickly get bills out to get you paid, this is a great product.
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