In legal tech it’s hard to find an all-encompassing solution that meets the needs of law firms from lead generation to matter management. Many of the platforms that claim to be all-encompassing are often offered by large corporate players who have acquired various SaaS platforms and connected through them in awkward and haphazard integrations. Unsurprisingly, these often don’t work effectively.
More commonly, lawyers and firms must resort to buying various platforms to meet their needs. This practice leads to excess costs and the real possibility of solutions not integrating. For those wanting to create a custom integration, costs will be higher still while the practicality of the integration is not certain.
Entering the current state of legal tech is Lawcus. Lawcus is an intuitive, workflow-focused law practice management software that’s especially useful for productivity focused law firms with well-defined systems and processes. It’s an especially good fit for firms with a well-structured workflow for intake and case management. While most law practice management software is good for organizing information, Lawcus is also focused on velocity—moving cases from intake to the closing letter.
Lawcus was established by founder Harsimran Singh in 2016. Singh was Technical Consultant at Thomson Reuters, working on the ELITE 3E platform. Frustrated by the legacy feel and features of the legal tech he was working on, Singh decided to create his own legal productivity tool. The result was Lawcus.
Lawcus is a simple and visual legal practice management software. It enables attorneys to automate consistent processes to help deliver more with transparency and less effort. With Lawcus, attorneys can visualize their matters with Kanban boards, drag and drop them as they progress, and add tasks, appointments, and documents in a digital matter file in the cloud so they can work from anywhere. The latter, along with Lawcus’s client portals, are vital for any firm doing remote work.
The features of Lawcus can be broken down into a few parts:
- Case management
- Task management
- Time, Expense and Billing
- Document Management & Electronic Signatures
- Client Intake Forms or Questionnaires
- Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
- Accounting & Online Payments
- Workflow Automation
- Email & Text Automation
- Legal Calendaring
- Powerful Reports & Dashboard
- Client Portal & Security
But the features listed above only just scratch at the surface of Lawcus and its capabilities. Lawcus’s overall goal is to help attorneys automate work processes and maximize efficiency. It aims to be a modern, user-friendly, and fully customizable tool.
In the words of Harsimran Singh, Lawcus’s CEO, “Our automation is our strongest feature as our clients have used it to free up significant time through automating their processes. You can automate as much as you want – or as little as you want. Some of our clients have automated the whole client intake to billing process.”
Lawcus’s open API is an especially useful tool, particularly for setting up integrations. Lawcus can do many things in one platform, but there are still some applications that it can’t replace. Luckily for its users, the open API allows for relatively quick and inexpensive connections with other platforms such as Box, Quickbooks, and Outlook. Lawcus also has integrations with Lawpay, Smith.Ai, and Zapier, among other platforms.
In line with its goal of providing lawyers with practical tools, Lawcus has mobile apps on Android and iOS, allowing lawyers to have constant access to their matter management system anywhere and on the go.
As for its users, Lawcus is designed for businesses of all sizes: it is a law practice management solution that helps manage legal cases, provide user-based access to co-workers, process online payments, and more.
Users guide the development of Lawcus. Through their input the platform has been constantly improved. In addition, there have been at least five updates to the platform so far this year. Some of the newer updates include improvements to automation, workflow, and email templating. Lawcus aims to release an update every month, which can make the development cycle from client input to implementation quite quick.
Another noteworthy feature with Lawcus is the relative ease of data migration. Most lawyers have vast amounts of data that may currently reside in legacy platforms. Data migration with other legal tech can be an expensive and long process. But with Lawcus, users can rest assured knowing that Lawcus has a dedicated database migration team that can import data from Clio, MyCase, Practice Panther, Rocket Matter, Zola Suite, Lexis Nexis Time Matters, Lexis Nexis PCLaw, Tabs3, CosmoLex, Sage Timeslips, Abacus Law, Amicus Attorney, ProLaw and many other applications.
Lawcus also provides unlimited training including free one-on-one and group training to help firms transition into the platform. Training is broken down into three parts: 1) Attorney/paralegal training, 2) Billing training, and 3) Admin training. From my own experience, training is the single most important aspect to ensuring a successful adoption of legal tech. Lawcus’s unlimited and segmented training approach makes it more likely for your team to learn how to use the platform for your unique needs.
In my years of involvement in legal tech, I’ve come across various platforms. But none have been as all-encompassing and intuitive to use as Lawcus. I found the platform easy to learn and customizable to my needs. With Lawcus there is much to be seen and said. I highly recommend that you take advantage of Lawcus’s free trial and see for yourself.
More about Spotlight
In our “Spotlight” series, we feature exciting companies in legal tech, legal ops, fin tech and more. If you have ideas for more interesting companies, please feel free to reach out to us. We will review all proposals and then get in touch with the companies for further interviews.