Amicus Attorney Review, Pricing & Features

Amicus Attorney Review, Pricing & Features

Amicus Attorney is a popular legal case management solution used by thousands of legal professionals worldwide.

Pros

  • Amicus Attorney is a proven and tested solution that is trusted by thousands of legal professionals worldwide
  • Amicus Attorney is ideal for customers that have already implemented an accounting solution
  • Amicus Attorney is ideal for those that desire an on-premise solution

Cons

  • Amicus Attorney does not offer built-in accounting
  • Amicus Attorney’s user interface appears outdated compared to some of its competitors
  • Because of the additional cost to join Abacus Private Cloud, Amicus Attorney is less ideal for those who desire a cloud-based solution

Editor's Rating

4.0/5.0

What is Amicus Attorney?

AbacusNext’s on-premise legal case management solution, Amicus Attorney, is used by thousands legal professionals. Many of the customers that use Amicus Attorney are small to medium sized firms with 1 to 20 attorneys. Amicus Attorney includes features such as contact management, task management, document management, time and expense tracking, and online payments.

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Amicus Attorney Review Summary

AbacusNext was founded by Judd Kessler in 1983. Amicus Attorney is one of AbacusNext's best-selling products, and is used by thousands of legal professionals today.

Amicus Attorney includes case management features that help legal professionals maximize billable time and grow their businesses. These features include contact management, task management, document management, time and expense tracking, and online payments.

Amicus Attorney is used by firms of all sizes ranging from solo practices to firms with 120 attorneys. In general, Amicus Attorney is used by small to medium sized firms with 1 to 20 attorneys. Amicus Attorney pricing starts at $69.99 per month.

Amicus Attorney is an on-premise solution, but you can host this solution on the Abacus Private Cloud. Abacus Private Cloud costs an additional $250 to $300 per user per month.

If you are looking for an on-premise legal case management solution that integrates with QuickBooks, we recommend Amicus Attorney. If you desire an AbacusNext solution that includes built-in accounting tools, we recommend AbacusLaw. If you are searching for a cloud-based legal solution, consider testing Clio Manage or PracticePanther .

Amicus Attorney Pricing & Cost

Amicus Attorney pricing starts at $69.99 per user per month. If you would like to host Amicus Attorney 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 Features

Below, we'll discuss the key features of Amicus Attorney, and how they can streamline your workflow and automate many of your day-to-day tasks. We include screenshots of the product to give you a sense of its design and layout.

Dashboard

AbacusLaw’s dashboard provides a general overview of your law firm’s operations. The dashboard includes modules that highlight critical action items and tasks that you want to monitor. Examples of modules found in the dashboard include:

  • Upcoming appointments
  • Phone messages
  • Unposted time entries
  • Deadlines
  • Tasks
  • Recent activities without time entries
amicus attorney dashboard

Contact Management

Amicus Attorney helps you efficiently track and manage contacts. You can store contacts for both individuals and companies in Amicus Attorney’s database. Contacts are compiled into a list that shows the contact’s name, company, phone number, and date of contact. To organize your contact list, you can assign contacts to different groups including: Lawyers Parties Judges Prospects Clients

Amicus Attorney allows you to securely store information for each of your contacts. Here are some of the details you can store in Amicus Attorney:

  • Communication history
  • Contact information
  • Documents
  • Events
  • Files
  • Firm members
  • Notes
  • Referrals

Amicus Attorney includes search and filtering tools to help you quickly find the contacts you are looking for. Additionally, this solution includes a duplicate check feature to prevent double entries for a given contact.

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Calendar

Amicus Attorney’s calendar helps you keep cases on schedule and optimizes your case-handling best practices. You can add customizable and color-coded events to your calendar, and attach notes, links, and files to each event. Amicus Attorney allows you to assign events to your firm members that will automatically populate on their calendars.

The calendar includes several different views including days, week, and month. Also, you can change the view in the calendar to include your firm member’s events.

Amicus Attorney includes automated reminders that are sent by email or in-application pop ups. You can send up to three reminders per event, and customize the time intervals that the reminders are sent.

Amicus Attorney offers integrations with several third-party calendar solutions including Office 365 and Google calendar. The events that you input into these third-party calendars will sync automatically with Amicus Attorney.

amicus attorney calendar

Task Management

Amicus Attorney includes task management tools that optimize your firm’s operations. The main task management tool found in Amicus Attorney are the to-do lists. With to-do lists, you can assign tasks to your firm members, and track their progress. You can attach useful items to to-do lists including:

  • Documents
  • E-mails
  • Files
  • Notes
  • Notifications
  • Task history

Document Management

With Amicus Attorney, you can securely store, create, and share documents. Amicus Attorney includes batch uploads, so you can quickly store documents into the database. Also, this solution includes a search tool that allows you to quickly find the documents you are looking for.

Documents can be shared between your firm members directly in Amicus Attorney. Amicus Attorney includes version control features which will track all changes made to a document. Additionally, you can customize permission settings, and control which parties can view sensitive information.

Amicus Attorney also includes document assembly tools to help you quickly generate repetitive documents. You can create document templates with merge fields that will automatically populate desired information. Document assembly requires a functioning 32-bit version of Microsoft Word or Corel WordPerfect.

Time and Expense Tracking

Amicus Attorney includes time and expense tracking tools to help you accurately capture all of your billable hours. Timers can be easily accessed on the top toolbar in the Amicus Attorney client.

For each time entry you create in Amicus Attorney, you can include essential details such as the desired timekeeper, billing rates, billing behaviors, and descriptions. Also, you can include activity codes and descriptions for each time entry to record which service you are tracking.

Amicus Attorney’s Time Entry Assistant feature detects items that do not have time entries recorded. This is a useful tool that allows you to quickly add time entries, and capture all billable hours.

amicus attorney time tracking

Billing and Invoicing

Amicus Attorney includes features that accelerates your law firm’s billing and invoicing process. Amicus Attorney supports a variety of billing rate types including:

  • Hourly
  • Contingency
  • Flat fee
  • Fixed fee
You can also create custom custom billing rates in Amicus Attorney. This is helpful if you want to include discounts and premiums to your bills.

In Amicus Attorney, you can add custom billing rates and behaviors to each captured time entry. Also, you can automatically check for items with unposted times, helping you maximize your billable hours.

Amicus Attorney offers a mass billing feature that allows you to create and send bills for groups of clients simultaneously. This expedites the billing process significantly, and reduces the workload of your office staff.

Online Payments

APX, Abacus Payment Exchange, is a PCI compliant online payment processing service that allows you to accept payments from your clients electronically. Here are the costs associated with APX:

  • Credit Card: 2.8% per transaction
  • Standard eCheck: 1% per transaction
  • Same Day eCheck: 1.5% per transaction

Online Client Portal

Amicus Attorney’s online client portal allows your clients to access key information from your law firm. The information your clients can access include:

  • Bills
  • Documents
  • Files
  • Notes
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Accounting

Amicus Attorney does not include robust built-in accounting features. Amicus Attorney is ideal for customers that would like to integrate their case management solution with an accounting solution like QuickBooks. If you are interested in an AbacusNext product that offers built-in accounting, we recommend testing AbacusLaw.

Reporting

Amicus Attorney includes several built-in reports that increase visibility into your firm’s operations. Here are some of the reports you can generate in Amicus Attorney:

Calendar
  • Appointments list
  • My events
  • To-do lists
Communications
  • My calls and messages
  • Today’s calls
  • Unreturned messages
Files
  • All events
  • My file summary
  • People
People
  • People index - phone and email
  • People summary
Time
  • My billable time
  • My time - specified client
Client portal
  • All client portal shared records
  • My new client portal changes

Integrations

Amicus Attorney offers several integrations with third-party solutions. Here are some of Amicus Attorney’s integrations:

  • DropBox
  • Google Apps
  • Hot Docs
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • QuickBooks
  • Sage Timeslips

Amicus Attorney Alternatives & Competitors

Amicus Attorney competes with a variety of legal solutions that offer similar functionality. The best choice for you will depend on your budget and feature preferences.

Amicus Attorney's top competitors are:

Is Amicus Attorney Right For You?

Amicus Attorney is a popular legal case management solution used by thousands of legal professionals worldwide. This solution includes useful features including contact management, task management, document management, time and expense tracking, and online payments. In general, Amicus Attorney is used by solo to medium sized law firms with 1 to 20 attorneys.

If you want an on-premise legal case management solution that integrates with QuickBooks, then Amicus Attorney is an ideal option for you. If you desire an on-premise all-in-one legal practice management solution that is equipped with accounting, then consider testing AbacusLaw. If you are looking for cloud-based legal software, we recommend Clio Manage or PracticePanther.

If you're interested, you can try Amicus Attorney today.

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