AbacusLaw is case automation software designed explicitly for law firms. The system works as a complete practice management solution that helps in managing workflows including time tracking, billing, and accounting operations. AbacusLaw is available as a cloud-based or an on-premise solution.
Its features include court date calculator and rule-based calendaring, role-based data security controls, time tracking, document automation, email management and more. A mobile app and a secure client portal are also available to facilitate communications. The solution enables users to automate deadline tracking through the use of rules based calendars and helps in client intake and relationship management specific to different areas of law (PI, family, estate planning, civil litigation, etc.)
It also centralizes documents, emails, and notes which are associated with matters and contacts and handles document assembly to produce signature-ready forms. AbacusLaw features an accounting module that integrates billing, timekeeping and reporting into a single solution and is capable of handling trust accounts, performing account reconciliations, and managing expenses. The solution has a legal calendar management system that helps users automatically manage appointments, tasks and deadlines.
Support is available via phone, online and email.
Tera M. Branche: Rechtsberatung Mitarbeiteranzahl: 51-200 Mitarbeiter
This program has been very user friendly. Info is easy to add or delete from a file in this program. It keeps issues very organized. Tabs can be customized to your firm.
This software allows us to keep our client's files organized. We can tailor this program to what we need in our client's files based on what out firm does, and/or what type of case it is. We can keep up with our calendars and everyone can log in from wherever they are and see the daily organizer for all or individuals. It allows us to keep notes in files, monitors for conflicts, and is very useful for setting ticklers to use as reminders. I find it very useful that it keeps up with all the players and their info under "linked names". Also keeps up w/ events, docs, & emails in one place.
If things are moved on the main drive, it breaks the links in abacus and they are no longer able to be found or traced if whomever moves the doc or breaks the link doesn't make a new one at that time.
Assly S. Branche: Anwaltskanzlei Mitarbeiteranzahl: 2-10 Mitarbeiter
As a small law firm you would think that software and a private cloud are luxuries reserved only for "big" firms but you are wrong. To be efficient, organized, avoid malpractice, and spend more time billing and less time on admin, a small firm needs legal software like AbacusLaw. When I wanted to add staff, the Abacus Private Cloud let all of my team utilize the AbacusLaw software with ease, from home and from other states where I am also licensed. And when COVID-19 hit, it was the AbacusLaw software and the Abacus Private Cloud that let us continue work uninterrupted, serving clients and not having to lay off a single person.
I wish there was a way to keep two separate books of business in AbacusLaw's accounting software since many small law firms are not "traditional" firms but several separate solo practitioners working together but with different accounting. The only "bad" part about having such a versatile and essential piece of software is on the occasion where it isn't working life seems to end. It has become indispensable. If that is a "con" that would be the biggest one!
Mary D. Branche: Anwaltskanzlei Mitarbeiteranzahl: 2-10 Mitarbeiter
I really thought Abacus was a better product than it has turned out to be. It can't do basic things that an accounting system can do. It's a so-so product.
I liked that it could integrate with our business systems as they are.
The add-ins do not work consistently and have more cons than pros. The reporting is not very good and making deposits that are not client checks makes no sense. The system is good for basic legal clients, but anything more complex and there's issues. You can't just double click on a number in a report to get more information on it like many other software programs. If you print a check, you can't change anything about it with an edit; you have to delete the entire thing to make small changes. There is also no way to track time reductions truly. Entering time takes forever because you have to go into each matter separately and enter your time instead of a large platform to enter time for each matter on one sheet. Editing bills takes so much longer than it should because of how it has to be done.
Marie M. Branche: Anwaltskanzlei Mitarbeiteranzahl: 2-10 Mitarbeiter
I have been an AbacusLaw users since I opened my own firm in 2006. I have used the software and switched to APC. I went briefly with a competitor for four months because of the cost difference and learned quickly: you get what you pay for. I promptly switched back to Abacus and determined that the APC was worth it.
The ease of use, the triple reconciliation feature, and the linking items to client matters.
I wish the calendar syncing feature with Google calendar/Outlook was easier and not manually required. I also wish the price point was lower for small firms. It's just me and a paralegal.
Waringa N. Branche: Anwaltskanzlei Mitarbeiteranzahl: 13-50 Mitarbeiter
We wanted a product that allowed us to have a 360 view on our productivity, profitability, case management and accounting software. Abacus has provided us with this in one package.
The time ticket and notes functions have increased our accuracy and efficiency in billing, and provide attorneys and partners with the ability to provide clients with accurate status reports on their matters. The document management function mean that teams can access all information quickly. The software allows partners to track their teams productivity and evaluate work in progress.
The software does not provide for multiple currency databases - although Abacus built several for us. The outlook function is not so stable and with us use several currency databases, you have to keep switching the outlook function in each database. The reports format takes some getting used to - they would be easier to use if they could be downloaded as excel spreadsheets.