Law Practice Management (LPM) software is a platform that, to varying degrees, manages each aspect of your law firm. The scope, features and capabilities of any given Law Practice Management application varies from product to product; though broadly speaking, LPM software performs the following functions.
Client & Contact Management
Time & Expense Tracking
Beyond these core features, some LPM applications provide additional functionality or focus on a particular element of law practice as a stand-out feature. These include:
In this way, LPM software sometimes overlaps with Document Management Software (DMS) and Law Firm Accounting Software.
LEAP is hybrid-cloud Law Practice Management Software. LEAP provides rich tools to manage your cases and your firm, and securely stores your data in the cloud.
LEAP has a (cloud-based) desktop application and mobile application.
At a high level, the LEAP software provides:
Law Practice Management
Legal Document Management
Legal Accounting (Trust/IOLTA)
(See below for a complete list of features.)
LEAP is unique in that it’s a hybrid-cloud application. Here’s what that means, and why it matters.
There’s no doubt that web-based software is easier to use and maintain than installable, desktop/server-based software. The trade-off, however, is usually software speed, performance, and functionality.
LEAP aims to give law firms the best of both worlds: There is an installed desktop client (simply called the LEAP Client), which is installed on your Windows desktop. However, the data is stored in LEAP’s cloud servers, which eliminates the need for servers and IT support. In this way, LEAP provides:
The Speed and Functionality of Desktop-based Software, and
The Ease, Simplicity and Mobility of Cloud-based Software
Sidebar: Extend LEAP, Complete Your Law Office in the Cloud
LEAP lives at the center of your practice. But it’s one piece of an overarching technology platform for your law firm.
Uptime Practice™ Next
Practice Next is a suite of essential practice management and cloud services for your law firm, and includes:
LEAP is a good fit for law firms that want a natively-cloud practice management solution, but need the robust capabilities that’s traditionally only found in older, desktop/server-based applications.
LEAP is particularly a good fit for firms that wish to automate form/document creation, as LEAP has a strong form/document library for various jurisdictions. (More on this later.)
LEAP is also a good fit for firms that need robust Trust/IOLTA accounting.
LEAP US is a division of LEAP Global, a worldwide provider of legal software to law firms.
See LEAP in Use
LEAP has a lot of functionality, but nonetheless has a streamlined, intuitive user interface. LEAP’s UI resembles Microsoft Office, giving it a familiar feel.
LEAP Stand-Out Features
Automated Documents & Court Forms Automated documents and forms is arguably LEAP's killer feature. With it, you can autofill legal documents to save time and reduce errors
with LEAP. Law firms will have access to the key templates and documents they
have used for years, fully integrated within LEAP legal software. You can
create documents in seconds by auto-merging content from matters in LEAP.
Over 9,500 legal forms for 1,600+ matter types
Pre-configured case types for all common areas of law
Securely share and collaborate on documents
Simplify IT, Work Anywhere Keep all of your case files, emails, documents,
appointments, and more organized with a comprehensive case and practice
management system. With LEAP, there is no more need for a server. All of your
system maintenance, backups, and updates are done automatically without the
need for additional IT staff.
Fast Time Recording LEAP legal software allows you to instantly record time
spent on emails, phone calls, and letters or take advantage of customizable
billing codes and fixed-fee entries directly from the built-in LEAP timesheet.
All time entries sync to the corresponding matter which can be
viewed and adjusted at any time if necessary, before a bill is sent. Once the
bill is sent, your client pays online ensuring that you get paid faster.
Quickly capture billable time anywhere with the LEAP Mobile App, Apple Watch, or Amazon Alexa.
Client Portal Manage incoming requests from potential and current clients to fill out intake forms, pay their bills, schedule appointments, and share large documents with LEAP’s Web Portal. Automate data entry for new cases with online intake forms that can be imported directly into LEAP as new matters. Manage and update questions or appointment requests from prospective clients.
LEAP also has one of the strongest mobile apps available, which works on Android and Apple (IOS) phones. Learn more:
Complete Feature List
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. LEAP arguably has the strongest document/form automation of any product in the industry.
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. LEAP does not have an open API, but does integrate with it's industry partners' products.
We’ve aggregated and curated feedback from LEAP users. This feedback is made up of feedback from our clients, legal technology consultants and online user feedback.
“LEAP is a Great Experience”
Dora from Whiteley & May
“My overall experience with LEAP is a great experience. Everyone that I have been in contact with has been extremely helpful in everyway and very professional. I love that the mobile app for LEAP looks and performs as if you were at your desktop computer. I also find that the time entries and billing aspects could not get any easier.”
Denise from The Law Office of Denise Nordheimer
“We have benefited both in productivity, risk management and increased revenues from better capturing time. I love the absolute completeness of it from both a practicing perspective and a business perspective. As an attorney who also runs the business side, I am appreciative of the level of detail on both sides. “
“Made Our Estate Planning Practice Seamless”
Annika from DangerLaw
“It is a steep learning curve, even for an office full of millennials. But it is COMPLETELY worth it. Having our entire firm run from LEAP and its Microsoft integrations has made the COVID work from home transition incredibly easy and, likely, at least semi-permanent! Full integration with Microsoft Office. Our entire practice takes place via LEAP. Easy to search, easy to use once you know how.
“Paralegal / Legal Assistant’s Best Friend!”
Sheena from Strileckyj Law Office
“It’s a must have for any size law office! Organization is a must in our business and LEAP provides just that with an accessibility ease to go along with it. It is also very lawyer friendly, as I know, we paralegals/legal assistants probably do the majority of the actual drafting and keeping of time. My boss caught on very quickly.”
LEAP is used by law firms in the US, the UK and Australia. As part of our review of the LEAP legal software, we share the story of how one law firm, Maksisi Lawyers, used LEAP to streamline and grow their law practice.
LEAP Software Pricing
Pricing information provided is made up of intel from customers, consultants, and in some cases the software publisher.
LEAP is priced on a per-user, per-month basis (subscription-based licensing).
Pricing varies based on the firm and your unique needs.
About the Author: Uptime Legal Systems Named an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Company in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Uptime Legal is North America’s leading provider of cloud services to law firms. As a full service legal technology provider, Uptime’s offerings include Private Cloud for law firms, Document & Email Management and Web Design and Internet Marketing.
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