Legal practice management software helps legal professionals efficiently serve clients and grow their businesses. With the multitude of legal solutions on the market today, choosing the best solution for your law firm can be difficult.
We created a guide comparing AbacusLaw versus Amicus Attorney, two widely-used legal practice management solutions, to catalyze the purchasing process. We analyze the differences in both platforms, and showcase their unique features, to help you choose the best solution for you.
We researched and extensively tested both AbacusLaw and Amicus Attorney. Both are popular legal practice management solutions offered by technology provider, AbacusNext. They both charge the same monthly subscription fee, and offer similar features that help law firms optimize operations and grow their businesses. These features include a dashboard, contact management, case management, time tracking, billing, and reporting.
AbacusLaw and Amicus Attorney received the same SoftwarePundit Analyst Rating of 81. The biggest difference between these two solutions is their accounting features and integrations.
- AbacusLaw is equipped with a full accounting suite, and does not integrate with QuickBooks. AbacusLaw is best for law firms with in-house accountants, and would prefer to minimize their number of software systems.
- Amicus Attorney offers basic bookkeeping features, and is designed to be used in tandem with QuickBooks. Amicus Attorney is best for law firms with accountants that prefer using QuickBooks, or firms that outsource their accounting.
Here's a breakdown of our review criteria and how AbacusLaw and Amicus Attorney performed in each category:
|Criteria||Analyst Rating||Features||Usability||Pricing||Customer Support|
When comparing the two, it's important to focus on the specific tools offered by each vendor, and the corresponding subscription price. Here's a quick test to determine which solution is best for you:
- You desire built-in accounting in your legal solution
- You desire custom documents, forms, and reports based on your practice area
- You prefer to work with less software vendors
- An integration with QuickBooks is a must-have feature for you
- Built-in texting is a must-have feature for you
- Automated invoice reminders is a must-have feature for you
Table of Contents
- Comparison Summary
- AbacusLaw & Amicus Attorney Price Comparison
- AbacusLaw & Amicus Attorney Feature Comparison
- Bottom Line
AbacusLaw & Amicus Attorney Price Comparison
AbacusLaw and Amicus Attorney are both subscription-based services that charge a monthly fee to access their platforms. Both solutions are offered by technology provider, AbacusNext, and charge the same monthly subscription fee of $69.99 per user.
AbacusLaw Pricing Details
AbacusLaw pricing starts at $69.99 per user per month. If you would like to host AbacusLaw off-site on AbacusNext’s cloud servers, you can purchase a subscription to Abacus Private Cloud for an additional $250 to $300 per user per month.
Amicus Attorney Pricing Details
Amicus Attorney pricing starts at $69.99 per user per month. If you would like to host AbacusLaw off-site on AbacusNext’s cloud servers, you can purchase a subscription to Abacus Private Cloud for an additional $250 to $300 per user per month.
AbacusLaw & Amicus Attorney Feature Comparison
AbacusLaw and Amicus Attorney are both robust solutions that offer the core set of legal practice management features. These features include a dashboard, contact management, a calendar, time tracking, billing, and reporting.
The primary difference between AbacusLaw and Amicus Attorney is their accounting features and integrations. AbacusLaw does not include accounting tools in its platform, and integrates with QuickBooks. Amicus Attorney includes a full accounting package, but does not offer an integration with QuickBooks.
|Time and expense tracking||Yes||Yes|
|Billing and invoicing||Yes||Yes|
|Automated invoice reminders||No||Yes|
|Online Client Portal||Yes||Yes|
AbacusLaw's Unique Features
AbacusLaw offers several features not found in Amicus Attorney. It's important to understand the features below to determine if AbacusLaw is ideal for your business.
AbacusLaw is the only solution that offers a full accounting package in its platform. AbacusLaw is best suited for law firms with in-house accountants, and want to minimize their number of software systems. If you prefer using third-party accounting software, or outsource your accounting, Amicus Attorney is a better solution for your law firm.
AbacusLaw is the only solution that includes Practice Area Essentials, or PALS, that allow you to tailor different components of AbacusLaw to best fit your law firm’s specific area of law. Some items you can customize using PALS includes:
- Automation rules
- Input screens
Amicus Attorney's Unique Features
Amicus Attorney offers several features not found in AbacusLaw. It's important to understand the features below to determine if Amicus Attorney is ideal for your business.
Amicus Attorney is the only solution that integrates with QuickBooks. If your accountants use QuickBooks, or if you outsource your accounting to a third-party firm, Amicus Attorney is the best option for you. If you would prefer a solution that includes a full accounting suite, we strongly recommend AbacusLaw for your law firm.
Automated Invoice Reminders
Amicus Attorney helps you collect payments from your clients with its automated invoice reminders. With Amicus Attorney, you can track clients with outstanding balances, and automatically send invoice reminders at time intervals that you set.
AbacusLaw allows you to send invoice reminders to your clients. However, each reminder must be sent manually by your team.
Amicus Attorney is the only solution that includes built-in text messaging in its platform. Text messaging in AbacusLaw is only possible through an integration with a third-party application, like Twilio. These third-party applications typically charge monthly subscription fees to use their services.
AbacusLaw and Amicus Attorney are two widely-used legal practice management solutions that are offered by technology provider, AbacusNext. Both solutions are best suited for solo to medium sized law firms, and charge the same monthly subscription fee.
- If your law firm employs in-house accountants and would prefer to work with less software vendors, AbacusLaw is the best solution for you.
- If your law firm uses QuickBooks, or outsources accounting to a third-party firm, we strongly recommend Amicus Attorney.