Best Law Practice Management Software for 2021

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Introduction to Law Practice Management Software

What was once a relatively short list of law practice management software is now a crowded space full of many different applications and vendors, all vying for your firm’s attention. In 2021, you have more options than ever when it comes to finding the right software to help you manage your law practice.

It can be overwhelming for many firms that are just beginning their search for case management software.
Fortunately: we’ve got you covered.

We work closely with hundreds of law firms across North America, and in doing so have had hundreds of conversations about law practice management software. What do firms like? What do they not like? What systems are they moving to?

From cloud-based, to server/desktop-based, from case management to billing and accounting: This list outlines the most used, best law practice management software for law firms in 2021.

  • Practice Management – Time, Billing, Client/Contact Management, Calendaring, Docketing, Form Generation.
  • Document Management – Document Storage, Email Management, Version Management, Index/Search, Tagging.
  • Accounting – Business Accounting, Trust Accounting, GL / AR / AP, Financial Reporting.
  • Client & Contact Management
    A central database to store information for clients, courts, related parties and other contacts.

    Matter Management
    A central database of matters, cases and projects. Stores the most relevant information pertaining to each matter.

    Calendaring
    Individual calendars for each user, along with an aggregated, firm-wide view/calendar. Synchronization with Outlook calendar.

    Task Management
    Create tasks and to-do items pertaining to specific matters or projects. Assign tasks and set deadlines.

    Time & Expense Tracking
    Track billable hours and related expenses for a particular client or matter.

    Billing
    Invoicing, including for billable hours, contingency work, and fixed-fee matters.

    Conflict Checking
    Search the database for related names, document each conflict check.

    Business Accounting
    Standard business accounting, including a Chart of Accounts, Bank/Operating Accounts, standard accounting reports (P&L, Balance Sheet).

    Trust Accounting
    Trust/IOLTA accounting for management of trust funds, including trust account reporting.

    Document Assembly/Automation
    Automatic preparation and population of specific court documents and forms.

    Document Storage
    Built-in cloud storage for related documents and files.

    Document Management
    Advanced document management including full-text search, document tagging & profiling, and version management.

    Email Management
    The ability to save emails to specific matters, via Outlook integration.

    Mobile App
    An Android or iPhone application for time entry and some subset of software functionality.

    Client Portal
    A client-facing online portal to share documents and updates with clients and other third-parties.

    Open API
    An open API (Application Program Interface), allowing you or third-parties to develop integrations with the software.

    The Top Law Practice Management Software - Our List

    Considering the Cloud?

  • Private Cloud / On-Premise: Can be hosted in a private cloud or run on-premise.
  • Web-based: Natively web-based (SaaS) and runs in a web browser.
  • Private Cloud / On-Premise

    Web-Based

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    About the Author: Dennis Dimka
    Dennis Dimka is the CEO and founder of Uptime Legal Systems, North America's leading provider of technology, cloud and marketing services to law firms. Under Dennis’ leadership, Uptime Legal has grown organically and through acquisitions to become the nationally-recognized legal technology company it is today. Uptime Legal continues to innovate and disrupt the legal technology space, and has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private for the past six consecutive years. Dennis was also an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.

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