I consider myself to be pretty tech savvy. Despite having three teenage daughters, I’m still the go to techie in the family (a source of pride and chagrin). However, I still did my billing with a legal pad and a pencil or pen (definitely “no tech”).
This is a big waste of time as I have to manually total up the hours and arrange the bills. Definitely not the way to do this.
So, I set out to find the best billing software for solo practitioners. At first I thought let’s find the best free billing software, but then I realized that even at $50 a month (a high price for a single use software package) I would be saving money as the hours my monthly billing was taking were costing me well more than that.
I started with a Google search – “Best Billing Software for Solo Lawyers”. It was already a Google selection.
It turns out there are a lot of software vendors out there that make a suitable product. Just to see how many there are check out this listing. Yes, 62.
Well, I wasn’t going to check out all 62. So, I checked out the five that most fit the criteria at a solo practitioner would look for.
Five Solutions for Billing Software for Solo Lawyers
- Clio – very robust platform, some cool features like QuickBooks integration, marketing analytics tool and online bill payment. Excellent customer service. A bit pricy- packages start at $39 per month (with the annual plan) and go up to $99 per month (also with the annual plan).
- Time 59 – Cloud based. Many excellent reviews from around the web. No extra features, but all the timekeeping and billing tasks you need. Unlimited users. Excellent price at $99.95 per year.
- CaseFox – Web-based, for all different professionals, not just lawyers. Well-reviewed. Many features- including phone call log, fee sharing agreements, integrates with Google and Dropbox. Price – $10 monthly for up to 25 cases/matters; $20 for to 50 cases/matters; $35 a month for unlimited cases/matters (Annual discounts available).
- Advantage Law – This firm has been around since 1981. At $490 for the desktop version, this offering wasn’t even worth considering. Maybe a better fit for larger firms. Solos should pass this one by.
- The Tussman Program – It sounds like a PBS special rather than a software package. They don’t have the price on the website- to me, not a good sign. The website looks amateurish, another bad sign for a software company. Price- $595.
Conclusion for solo practitioners: In today’s software buying world, buying a product for hundreds of dollars is passé. Just look at how Adobe and Microsoft market their products. Clio, Time 59 and CaseFox have monthly/yearly billing options and many good reviews. I’m going to go with Time 59 because I don’t need the extra that the other two programs offer. If you do want those extras, CaseFox and Clio look like good offerings.
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