Manage cases, organize contacts, and automate documents
Streamline day-to-day processes with our law software, and keep cases organized so you can focus on billable work and grow your revenue.
Generate bills, run reports, and get paid faster
Keep track of financials and legal client accounts with easy-to-use reports and dashboards. Make billing easy for your law firm with online payments, automated billing, and customized plans.
Attract potential legal clients, track their progress, and secure their business
Create easy-to-use client intake forms, automate client communication—such as emails, reminders, and requests—and organize referrals to seize every opportunity.
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What is legal practice management software?
Legal practice management software is a complete firm management system that helps law firms manage day-to-day workflows and business operations within their legal practice. Law practice management software allows firms to manage cases, contacts, calendars, documents, time entries, billing, payments, accounting, and more.
While there are a number of law practice management software options available, legal practice management software is designed to suit the unique needs of legal practice. Not only is law software made specifically for law firm workflows, it is often vetted by regulatory bodies to ensure that it complies with rules of ethical conduct in the legal profession.
What is the best legal practice management software for my law firm?
With so many legal practice management software to choose from, you’d want to make sure you choose the one that works best for your law firm—one that decreases overhead costs, enhances productivity, and ultimately increases billable hours and profitability. This comparison page highlights the pros and cons of popular legal practice management software—and shows why 150,000 legal professionals choose Clio over the competition.
Why should I choose cloud-based legal practice management software?
Cloud-based legal software (also referred to as web-based or software as a service (SaaS)) embodies the new software model that has emerged with modern internet technologies. Cloud-based legal practice management software is accessed through a web browser, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge. Much like using Google’s Gmail, Dropbox, or an Amazon shopping cart, data is stored in the vendor’s database instead of on a local office computer. This means that as long as they have a valid username and password, firm staff can log in to their firm’s practice management software from virtually any web browser, regardless of whether they’re in the office, at home, or another remote location. This can offer several benefits in terms of the overall setup and maintenance costs, compatibility, usability, and security.
You can see why cloud-based legal practice management software is preferable over on-premise solutions, which represent the more traditional software model. With on-premise legal software, companies purchase licences for individual staff and then install the software from a disk or via download. The software runs on each individual’s computer, and all information is stored on that same computer. Since it’s important that information be shared and retained within the law firm, most firms will also network and back up data from individual computers to a central file server shared across the firm. This network is typically limited to a firm office, which means that staff need to be in the office to access, share, or back up data. To access the database from outside the office, a virtual private network (VPN) would need to be set up and maintained.
What features should law practice management software have?
As busy legal professionals, you need to make sure your law practice management software has all the features you need to run your practice effectively and efficiently. The core features you need are: Case, document, contact, and task management, billing, accounting, calendaring, online payments, and time and expense tracking. Clio Manage includes all of these great features, and more. Learn more about Clio Manage, Clio Grow, and the additional value you will enjoy as a Clio user.