About AbacusLaw

AbacusLaw helps improve client service and firm growth by providing users with the tools to simplify case management.

AbacusLaw helps legal professionals keep their cases progressing, and prevents them from missing important deadlines. The solution’s features include legal and rules-based calendaring, document and form automation, case management, conflict checking, data capture, document and email management, reporting, time tracking, billing and accounting, and more.

Users can dynamically capture critical case and client details, and collaborate with the entire staff to schedule appointments. Calendar rules and workflows can automatically schedule a series of events to help track important deadlines. Users can centrally organize entire cases and include relevant information such as contacts, events, documents and notes. AbacusLaw helps users search for any conflicts of interest, and provides a large volume of standard reports.

Users can run AbacusLaw (and any other software application) within Abacus Private Cloud for for a disaster-proof solution with increased mobility, reliability, security and control. Abacus Private Cloud can be accessed via smartphones and tablets on both Android and iOS platforms.

Pricing starting from:

US$69.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of AbacusLaw

  • Automatically capture client details, manage case matters, and track billable hours

  • Generate invoices using native payment processing feature, Abacus Payment Exchange

  • Use custom reports, automation rules, documents, forms, and terminology specific to your practice area

  • Create an organized calendar that automatically schedules all critical deadlines using Federal, State, and Local court rules.

  • Create signature-ready forms in minutes using information already in your database

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    Markets

    Canada, United States

    Supported Languages

    English

    Pricing starting from:

    US$69.00/month

    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    Features

    Total features of AbacusLaw: 73

    • API
    • Access Controls/Permissions
    • Accounting
    • Accrual Accounting
    • Activity Tracking
    • Appointment Management
    • Archiving & Retention
    • Asset Accounting
    • Automatic Billing
    • Billing & Invoicing
    • Boolean Search
    • CRM
    • Calendar Management
    • Calendar/Reminder System
    • Case Defined Timekeepers
    • Case Management
    • Case Notes
    • Check Writing
    • Client Database
    • Client Management
    • Client Portal
    • Collaboration Tools
    • Communication Management
    • Completion Tracking
    • Compliance Management
    • Conflict Management
    • Conflict Tracking
    • Contact Database
    • Content Library
    • Contract/License Management
    • Court Records Search
    • Credit Card Processing
    • Cross Ledger Posting
    • Customer Statements
    • Customisable Forms
    • Customisable Reports
    • Customisable Templates
    • Data Import/Export
    • Data Visualisation
    • Docket Management
    • Document Capture
    • Document Classification
    • Document Generation
    • Document Management
    • Document Storage
    • Document Templates
    • Email Management
    • Event Logs
    • Expense Tracking
    • Fee Calculation & Posting
    • For Family Law
    • For Legal Professionals
    • Forms Management
    • Full Text Search
    • HIPAA Compliant
    • Indexing
    • Legal Case Management
    • Mobile Access
    • Multi-Location
    • Phonetic Search
    • Preemptive Conflicts Search
    • Receipt Management
    • Relationship Tracking
    • Reminders
    • Rules-Based Scheduling
    • Rules-Based Workflow
    • Staff Calendar
    • Status Tracking
    • Task Management
    • Time & Expense Tracking
    • Time Tracking
    • Trust Accounting
    • Workflow Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    3.9 /5
    (364)
    Value for Money
    3.6/5
    Features
    3.8/5
    Ease of Use
    3.7/5
    Customer Support
    4.0/5

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    Tera M.
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    • Industry: Legal Services
    • Company size: 51-200 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    AbacusLaw User

    Reviewed on 23/1/2019

    This program has been very user friendly. Info is easy to add or delete from a file in this...

    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.

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.
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    • Industry: Law Practice
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    This Saved My Business

    Reviewed on 5/5/2020

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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!

    Alternatives Considered

    Clio, MyCase and ProLaw

    Reasons for Choosing AbacusLaw

    Credenza reached end of life and was bought by AbacusLaw's parent company. I had to switch and I was worried but the switch was worth it and all my data migrated over.

    Reasons for Switching to AbacusLaw

    I have worked with all four of those before when working with other attorneys. None were as versatile as AbacusLaw. Some had serious bugs in trust accounting. Others had horrible customer service and some had interfaces that were not user friendly. Then there was the price on some of the better ones. Finally none of them had the other software, security, and support I needed to grow my business.
    Mary D.
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    • Industry: Law Practice
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

    Thought it would be better

    Reviewed on 5/5/2020

    I really thought Abacus was a better product than it has turned out to be. It can't do basic things...

    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.

    Pros

    I liked that it could integrate with our business systems as they are.

    Cons

    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.

    Alternatives Considered

    CosmoLex and Clio

    Reasons for Choosing AbacusLaw

    The software was never setup right from the beginning and it had been too long running it at about 25% of what it was worth.

    Reasons for Switching to AbacusLaw

    I thought it was the best product for it's money at the time.
    Marie M.
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    • Industry: Law Practice
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    All the Bells and Whistles

    Reviewed on 30/3/2020

    I have been an AbacusLaw users since I opened my own firm in 2006. I have used the software and...

    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.

    Pros

    The ease of use, the triple reconciliation feature, and the linking items to client matters.

    Cons

    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.

    Alternatives Considered

    Clio

    Reasons for Choosing AbacusLaw

    I switched from Abacuslaw Gold to Clio to have the remote work feature. I switched to APC from Clio after four months because I missed the easier Triple Reconciliation, the calendaring and billing feature, and the document storage features that were either not available in Clio or not as developed and easy to use as they were in Abacus.

    Switched From

    Clio

    Reasons for Switching to AbacusLaw

    See above.
    Waringa N.
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    • Industry: Law Practice
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Abacus Law - A Year In

    Reviewed on 30/3/2020

    We wanted a product that allowed us to have a 360 view on our productivity, profitability, case...

    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.

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    Alternatives Considered

    Amicus Attorney

    Reasons for Choosing AbacusLaw

    The software designer could not fully develop it and went out of business. The product was also not linked to our accounting package, which meant that we spent a lot of time manually developing work in progress, debtors and matter productivity reports.

    Reasons for Switching to AbacusLaw

    Abacus bought Amicus Attorney just as we were beginning to review it.
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    • Starting from: US$69.00/month
    • Pricing model: Subscription
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    AbacusLaw has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

    AbacusLaw supports the following languages:

    English

    AbacusLaw supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

    AbacusLaw integrates with the following applications:

    Comm-unity, Keap, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Outlook, Nextiva, Salesforce Sales Cloud, Skype for Business

    AbacusLaw offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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