Practice management software provides advantages for firms of all sizes, whether the firm is a solo practice or a larger firm with employees at all levels: partners, associates, paralegals, legal assistants and others. In this post, I talked about some of the advantages lawyers can expect when using practice management software.
More recently, in this interview with Law Firm Suites, I mentioned practice management software as one of the tools that lawyers can use to make their jobs easier, saying:
Practice management software can help organize each client’s documents and data, and some even include client-facing portals to allow clients to access some of their documents and information on their own. It can also include timers to help with hourly billing and built-in reminders to help calculate deadlines and statutes of limitations.
But knowing your firm needs to employ practice management software is only the first step. Choosing the right platform or program can be a difficult and daunting decision, particularly with new vendors entering the marketplace.
Luckily, the folks at Lawyerist have done some of the work for you. They have put together a directory of 24 law practice management software programs at lawyerist.com. And if you're really new to practice management software, scroll to the end of the page to see the definitions of the features discussed in the directory.
The directory not only provides information about each program, including Lawyerist's "best fit" judgment for each program, but there is also a downloadable comparison chart showing the key features of each of the programs included in the directory, which can help you to narrow down your choices to those within your budget that have the features you require. Then you can return to the directory for more detailed information by visiting the product page on Lawyerist for each of the programs on your list (by clicking on the name of the program in the alphabetical directory).