Practice management software is a must for every practicing attorney, unless they want to chance client intake information and important matter documents to the “My Computer” icon on their desktop. Today’s practice management solutions are primarily cloud-based, allowing subscribing attorneys to log in from tablets and smartphones when away from the office computer. As the demands on attorneys’ time increase, and the complexity of technology advances, users are demanding increasingly more from their practice management providers. Read on for a list of ten companies that are poised to disrupt the way that legal services providers manage their services.
Founded just a few short years ago, in 2011, Allegory Law provides cloud-based litigation practice management tools.
Although there is no shortage of practice management solutions available for attorneys, Allegory Law differentiates itself from its competitors by catering specifically to litigation attorneys and integrating an AI aspect into their services.
This AI feature handles some of the routine tasks that attorneys (or their assistants) would otherwise need to do themselves, which reduces costs and streamlines many litigation processes. For example, the AI assistant can help litigators automatically create exhibit binders from the documents uploaded, a task commonly assigned to paralegals and legal assistants.
Clio is the most widely used practice management software system out there, but they keep getting better.
Used by everyone from solo practitioners to AM 100 firms, Clio has risen through the ranks of practice management software from its inception nearly a decade ago, in 2008.
Everything that an attorney could or would wish from a practice management system is available: calendaring functions, automatic notices, intake forms, document management, task management, and billing. Attorneys applaud its seamless integration with LawPay and QuickBooks, arguably the most-used products by solos and small firms for billing clients and accounting.
Although as a startup Doxly is barely out of its infancy, it’s already making a name for itself.
Doxly was a selection at the American Bar Association TECHSHOW Startup Alley Competition in 2016, a competition to select and showcase twelve innovative startup companies making a splash in legal tech.
What exactly does Doxly do? It’s a cloud-based platform for transactional attorneys that helps to automate due diligence, signature collection, and collaboration between attorneys and their clients.
If you need a web-based solution for time, billing, and project management, all at an affordable price point, TimeSolv wants to help.
Its Uniform Task-Based Management System helps attorneys become the efficient billing machines they so desperately want to be, and it can also manage conflicts, set task timers, and monitor performance.
For those who really hate the legal billing process, it can even be outsourced through TimeSolv.
Peppermint Technology is a UK-based startup that bills itself as a complete cloud-based solution for most types of legal services providers.
Its platform is built on Microsoft Dynamics CRM and SharePoint, and the company is utilizing the Microsoft collaboration fantastically.
The cornerstones of Peppermint CX, its software solution, are collaboration, transactions, apps, and content. Although it’s only available in the UK for now,
Our favorite thing about PracticePanther is how nicely it plays with other apps and programs that lawyers depend upon daily.
It merges pretty seamlessly with Google products, such as Gmail and Google Calendar, as well as PayPal, Mail Chimp, LawPay, QuickBooks, and many others. As a result of this integration, PracticePanther covers a very wide range of needs for both litigators and transactional attorneys, and it does it all on their terms.
The all-in-one software solution does everything from acting as a client portal to calculating billing, tracking time, calendaring, and email.
Focused on serving the needs of law firms and corporations of all sizes, TurboPatent automates mundane tasks such as formatting and document preparation, freeing up attorneys and their support staff to work on higher-level tasks.
The goal of TurboPatent is to save time and cost during the pursuit of intellectual property protection.
Corporations can utilize TurboPatent to aid in drafting their own patent applications, and law firms specializing in IP can utilize TurboPatent as a practice management solution for the patent process.
Rocket Matter is proud to be a law practice management software for solos and small law firms.
With an increasing number of attorneys deciding to work for themselves, but so many practice management solutions aimed at big firms, many attorneys find it refreshing to encounter a small-firm-based management platform that also includes the ability to work from iPads, Macs, PCs, and smartphones.
Designed for attorneys and law firms, Total Attorneys has bank-grade security, the option to share stored documents, conflict checks across prior matters, and traditional billing and time management.
It also offers lead generation for attorneys trying to grow their practices, including free Nolo profiles and millions of exposures.
Total Attorneys even offers a telephone answering service, so that attorneys can free up their time to spend on things that really matter – like serving their clients.
Bear with us on this one and hear us out. Although not technically a practice management software, G Suite is arguably a practice management option – and it’s one an increasing number of attorneys are choosing for their offices.
In fact, G Suite’s services, offered as part of the Google family of services, replace many of the processes typically looked for in practice management platforms.
From Gmail for email and contact management to Google Calendar for calendaring client appointments and deadlines, attorneys have the added advantages of reducing in-house IT costs and knowing that all their cloud-based programs pair well with each other. Perhaps the biggest disruptor to practice management software will be a move away from it completely.