Tabs3 & PracticeMaster Overview
We’ll start our Tabs3 review with a high-level overview. Tabs3, made by Software Technology Inc. (STI), is a legal billing and accounting solution made for exclusively law firms. It’s a highly robust “back-office” solution for law firms that includes billing, AR/AP, general ledger and more.
PracticeMaster is the “front-office” counterpart to Tabs3. Technically a separate product, PracticeMaster provides the practice management functionality, including contact and case management, calendaring and more.
While the two products can be used independently, they’re better together, and provide a good all-in-one solution for law firms looking for a wholistic case management, billing and accounting solution.
Tabs3 and PracticeMaster have been around for over 35 years.
What We Like about Tabs3
In our experience, we find Tabs3 a very popular legal billing & accounting solution for firms that have grown past the solo or solo-plus-one size, and we think we know why. While there’s a lot to like about the software, in our Tabs3 review we’ll touch on a few elements that stand out to us.
- Tabs3 is a complete billing & accounting solution: its users will not have to bolt-on another piece of software such as QuickBooks to facilitate the rest of their accounting (trust accounting, payroll, AR, AP, payroll and financial statements). This becomes increasingly important as the firm grows past a few attorneys, and the firm needs broader visibility into the economics of the entire practice (and each individual case).
- If your firm needs more sophisticated front-office (practice management) functionality, Tabs3 is complemented well by PracticeMaster. PracticeMaster provides the nuanced management of clients and contacts, matters and the details therein, calendaring and form assembly. PracticeMaster also includes workflows to automate repeatable processes, conflict searching and more.
The modular nature of these two products gives them a what-you-need-and-nothing-more quality.