Amicus Attorney Small Firm

[Overview]

Practice Management Software for Solos and Small Firms

Amicus Attorney Small Firm is designed specifically for solo practitioners and small firms to help improve their efficiency and profitability and to help them get the most out of the time they spend practicing law. There are literally thousands of features that make up Amicus Attorney Small Firm.

Your Law Office On Computer

Amicus Office

The key to Amicus is the way it integrates all the information in your practice.

Information need only be entered once - and is available wherever and whenever you need it. Individually or firm-wide.

Everything is organized - nothing falls between the cracks. Reuse information, knowledge and processes in new matters as they come up. Gain insight from reports on cross-sections of your practice. Increase billings from automatic time entries. Share information with various third-party products.

Amicus introduces a whole new realm of capabilities while increasing your productivity and peace of mind.

File Information Is Instantly Accessible

Amicus FilesAmicus Attorney organizes all of your file information and keeps it right at your fingertips so you can always find it quickly.

For each of your files you can track appointments, tasks, contacts, communications and time spent across all of the members of your team. You can attach documents of any type to a file and access them at any time. You can quickly track progress on a file and generate several types of status reports.

Amicus allows you to reuse this information to generate documents using HotDocs®, Microsoft® Word or WordPerfect®.

Customizable fields allow you to tailor files to different practice areas and set up Amicus Attorney to work the way you do.

Dailies - Proactive Assistance

Amicus DailiesThe Amicus Dailies module helps you answer the question "What's going on today?". In one integrated desktop, it provides you with an overview of your practice, your firm, the legal community and the world around you.

Daily proactive practice reminders such as today's critical events, advice on managing your To Do list, reminders to make or post time entries and suggestions for business development help you stay on top of your practice.

View all of your appointments, tasks, messages and emails in an easy-to-read format so you know at a glance what you have to do today. Bookmark items you use most often by adding them as a favorite or optionally use the customizable Dashboard to create your very own personalized screen to see and work with information that is most important to you.

Calendar - Manage Your Day

Amicus CalendarYour calendar tracks your appointments, displays deadlines and lists to-dos in a familiar daybook format. Your day's communications and notes are also readily available. View your calendar by day, week, month, year or in lists. The group calendar lets you easily schedule meetings or assign tasks to others. Save profiles for the calendar views that you use on a regular basis. Tasks are brought forward until you mark them done. Regular events like weekly meetings need only be entered once.

Link related tasks for easy rescheduling. Or specify that a task should be scheduled only after the completion of a preceding task. Drag and drop events to reschedule them. Record less important tasks on a "do someday" schedule. Set preferences for automatic time entries when tasks are completed.

Click the DO™ button and Amicus Attorney will assist you with the task - dial the call, draft the document and much more. Besides organizing what you have to do, Amicus Attorney helps you do it.

Tasks - Manage Your To Do's

Amicus TasksThe Tasks module gives you a centralized place to get organized and get things done.

Enter To Do’s just by typing in the list. There is no extra dialog needed, so you can quickly jot down new tasks as you think of them, and refine the details later. See all of your To Do’s across any range of time or files in one easy to manage list. Even those you have assigned to other members of your team. Sort them. Change priorities or dates. Reassign them. Check their status.

Manage delegated tasks all in one place. Managing the task list for yourself and your team has never been easier.

Keep Track Of The People In Your Practice

Amicus ContactsThe most important aspect of your practice is the people with whom you work. Amicus Attorney organizes all of your contact information in a familiar way: a card index.

For each person, you can see complete contact information including lists of events, communications, relationships and files. Share this information with others on your team so that everyone is in the loop.

Find a particular person quickly in the contact index. When someone's personal information changes, just click and edit. Changes are updated throughout the system for other Amicus Attorney users in the firm.

Store unique information about each of your contacts with many custom fields. Check for conflicts of interest. Stay in touch with business development tools and reminders.

Universal Communications Management

Amicus ComCenterClick the phone button on a business card anywhere in the system to start a call. Amicus Attorney times and makes note of all the details.

To refresh your memory while you're talking, review a record of earlier calls with the person, or see all previous calls with anyone on the file. With one click you can create a Call Back Reminder or do a time entry for the call. You don't have to type anything because Amicus Attorney fills in the details.

Sent and received email messages are managed in the ComCenter and are automatically saved to the appropriate contacts and files. Simply click on any email address on a contact or file to create a new message. Phone messages are also handled by the ComCenter and can include both your own and those taken by others on your behalf.

Keep Track Of Your Time

Amicus TimeDo more. Bill more. Go home early.

While you are working, Amicus Attorney is in the background keeping track of what you are doing. Automatic time entries are created for daily activities like phone calls, email and to-dos. Or you can create new time entries quickly and easily with handy shortcuts.

Amicus Attorney Small Firm has fully integrated time sheets that can be used with Amicus Small Firm Accounting. Not only does this help you track your time more easily, it also helps you manage your practice more efficiently. See the time on a file. See cross sections of your time by activity, file type, date range and more. Review your time by day or month. Be alerted when you have forgotten time entries. Quickly see how your billable hours compare with the goals you set for the year.

Post time entries electronically to your accounting system. Time gets to accounting faster, more accurately and without anyone having to retype it!

Mobile Time Tracking

Amicus TimeAmicus TimeTracker brings Amicus Attorney to your mobile phone. Now you can see and do your time entries on your smartphone, anytime, anywhere!

Imagine the convenience of being able to do your time entries wherever you are. Capture billable time you were losing before by recording it live on your phone!

Amicus TimeTracker makes your smartphone an extension of your Amicus Attorney. It provides an instant, live connection to your time entries from your phone. No matter where you are or what you are doing, if you have a smartphone, you can record your time. Create new time entries, edit previous ones, see your list and running totals for the day, week or month. Your file list is at your fingertips. Handy shortcuts help you do a complete time entry with just a few touches. The second you hit save, it is not only on your phone, it is also in your Amicus database at the office. So your time is on the client file and ready for billing, wherever you are!

Using bank-grade encryption and the incredibly secure Microsoft Azure, Amicus TimeTracker helps you make more money by ensuring that you can always record your billable time.

See TimeTracker in action - Watch this demo

Amicus TimeTracker works on modern smartphones like iPhones, Androids and Blackberries. It is available FREE when you get Amicus Attorney Small Firm and a maintenance plan.

Take Note

Amicus NotesUse the “magic” legal pad for fast recording of any action item, note, fact or task.

Record anything at any time as a note. No details dialog to call up, no buttons to click, no selections to make - just get that thought down while you are thinking of it. Then later, you can cross-reference the note to a particular file, or convert it into a different type of record. Or send notes as messages to colleagues.

Eliminate the clutter of paper notes around your desk.

Integrated Knowledge Management

Amicus LibraryThe Library in Amicus Attorney is a unique knowledge management tool that integrates legal research into your client matter files and the balance of your practice management. Using the Library, you can keep all of your information resources, such as research memos, opinion letters, factums, online services and Internet or Intranet sites at your fingertips.

The Library is a firm-wide repository for research and expertise. You can store information in personal and firm-accessible sections that grow with your practice. It can also act as a gateway to online legal research and other resources and allows you to track access to paid services.

The incredibly flexible organization structure can be tailored to your specific needs. All library information can be filtered and searched.

 

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[Reviews]

What people are saying about Amicus Attorney Small Firm:

 

"I have become so dependent upon Amicus…"

"I have become so dependent upon Amicus for case management, docket control, file management, time keeping, information management and record keeping that I can't imagine trying to have an efficient practice without the tools Amicus provides."

Hank Van Hoy
Martin & Van Hoy, L.L.P
Mocksville, NC

 

"...it paid for itself within a week."

"Not only has Amicus Attorney improved the organization of my practice, but it paid for itself within a week. I am positive I am recording more billable time per week because of Amicus Attorney. I continue to recommend your product because it works and I cannot imagine working without it."

George Orle, Q.C.
Orle Davidson Giesbrecht Bargen
Manitoba, Canada

 

"...Bottom line: Amicus is a very powerful tool for any law office and a tremendous administrative asset that increases in value with each passing day."

"As former Management Counsel for the N.C. State Bar and a law office management consultant for many years, I have worked with a large number of lawyers who use Amicus Attorney as their case management software. Their feedback reports to me through the years regarding their satisfaction with Amicus has been overwhelmingly positive year after year. In addition, my clients have all felt like they got their money's worth and far more with Amicus.

"I still serve as a management consultant to law firms and have also recently returned to the practice of law. It was an easy decision for me as to which case management program to use in my law office and I have had no regrets whatsoever about choosing Amicus. I did have to commit a rather healthy chunk of time and effort to the installation and learning of the program, but it was well worth it. A huge plus in the process has been their technical support team who I have found to be among the best of the best. They are professional, extremely knowledgeable and courteous.

"Choosing Amicus as one of my primary software programs will no doubt rank among the top five best decisions I will ever make for my law firm and myself. Bottom line: Amicus is a very powerful tool for any law office and a tremendous administrative asset that increases in value with each passing day. If attorneys want state of the art case management tools, less stress and more peace of mind in running their firms, then they need to seriously consider bringing Amicus Attorney on board and in my opinion, the sooner the better!"

Nancy Byerly Jones
Attorney/Mediator/Consultant & Coach for Attorneys & Staff
Banner Elk, North Carolina

 

"...billable time increased by $99,000 in the first year that I used Amicus Attorney."

"My billable time increased by $99,000 in the first year that I used Amicus Attorney. I can't credit that all to Amicus Attorney, but a significant portion of it was due to this great legal software - keeping track of time is just so much easier."

Patrick Driscoll
Lawyer
Davenport, IA

 

"You can tell it was designed by a lawyer…"

"The introduction of Amicus into our three-lawyer firm changed everything - for the better. We could not function without it now. It is extremely user-friendly, with a very short initial learning curve. The look and feel of the program is terrific - very intuitive. You can tell it was designed by a lawyer. It looks like a lawyer's file."

Carole Curtis
Barristers and Solicitors
Toronto, ON

[Specifications]

  Specifications Hardware and Software System Requirements

Linking to Other Products

 

Time Entries on your Mobile Device

 


Using your smartphone, iPad or tablet you can now see and record time entries from your mobile device through Amicus TimeTracker.

Amicus TimeTracker is available a) when running Amicus Attorney Small Firm  during the Evaluation period, and b) when the firm is licensed and has a valid Maintenance Plan.

Amicus Administrator must be running and that computer must maintain an Internet connection. Team Members who have been granted rights to use Amicus TimeTracker may login (www.amicustimetracker.com) from most devices using a modern browser.

Devices supported include:

SMARTPHONES:
iPhone 5 / 4
Android 4.2.x / 4.1.x / 4.0.x
BlackBerry 10 / Torch 9860 and 9850

TABLETS:
iPad 2 / 1 / Mini
Android 4.2.x / 4.1.x / 4.0.x / 3.x
BlackBerry PlayBook
Windows RT Surface

While designed for use on mobile devices with touchscreen, Amicus TimeTracker can also be run on your PC or Mac desktop browser using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox ESR, Safari, or Internet Explorer (11, 10).

Document Automation

Microsoft Word

Amicus Attorney works with Microsoft® Word® for document assembly template merge and associating documents to Amicus files.

Supported Versions: Word 2003, 2007, 2010 or 2013
 
WordPerfect

Amicus Attorney works with Corel® WordPerfect® for document assembly template merge and associating documents to Amicus files.

Supported Versions: WordPerfect 10, 11, 12, X3, X4, X5 or X6
 
HotDocs

Amicus Attorney works with HotDocs® document automation software with both Word and WordPerfect for document assembly template merge and associating documents to Amicus files.

Supported Versions: HotDocs 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 or 2010

Accounting Links

Amicus Accounting

The two-way real-time integration with Amicus Small Firm Accounting shares Client and File information between the two programs, and allows you to post your Amicus Attorney time entries and Expenses directly to your Clients in Amicus Small Firm Accounting. This integration supports direct access to accounting summary information.

Supported Versions: Your version of Amicus Small Firm Accounting should be equivalent to your version of Amicus Attorney.
 
Timeslips

The dynamic Accounting Link with Timeslips® allows you to automatically share your Client and File information between the two programs, and allows you to post your Amicus Attorney time entries directly to your Clients in Timeslips. The link also features the Account Inquiry option.

Supported Versions: Timeslips 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015
 
PCLaw

The dynamic Accounting Link with PCLaw™ allows you to automatically share your Client/File and Matter information between the two programs, and allows you to post your Amicus Attorney time entries directly to your Matters in PCLaw. The link also features the Account Inquiry option.

Supported Versions: PCLaw 10, 11, 12 or 13
 
QuickBooks

The dynamic Accounting Link with QuickBooks® products allows users to automatically share information between the two programs, minimizing the amount of data entry. Client/Files in Amicus Attorney exchange with Customer: Jobs in QuickBooks, Vendors are optionally exchanged, and time entries are posted directly to QuickBooks.

Supported Versions: QuickBooks Pro, Premier, and Enterprise (Windows) versions currently supported by Intuit, up to and including Version 2014. (U.S. versions only)
(Note: Amicus Small Firm Accounting does not link with QuickBooks)
 
Tabs3

The enhanced integration with Tabs3® in Small Firm allows time entries to be passed to Tabs3 and it allows both systems to share client and matter details.

An additional Tabs3 utility program is required (available from Software Technology, Inc.).

Required: Tabs3 Version 9 or higher
 
Juris

The enhanced integration with Juris® in Small Firm allows time entries to be passed to Juris and it allows both systems to share client and matter details. The link also features the Account Inquiry feature to display accounting information on a particular Amicus Attorney Client or File.

Required: Juris 1.42 or higher
 
Other Accounting System Options

Amicus Attorney also provides templates that work with the following accounting programs: Brief Accounting®, Legal Vision®, Canterbury Lighthouse®, Verdict, PCLaw Remote.

Type of Integration: Time Entry Export Template

If you don't see your accounting system in the list, you can still have it work with Amicus Attorney. If your accounting system has the ability to import, then you can create a custom template in Amicus Attorney that will allow you to post your time entries to your accounting system.

Email Integration | Contact & Calendar Link

Microsoft Outlook

Amicus Attorney's email integration works with Microsoft® Outlook® to manage incoming and outgoing messages.

Also synchronize Microsoft Outlook Contacts & Calendar entries bidirectionally with Amicus Attorney.

Supported Versions: Microsoft Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 (with or without an Exchange Server) is required. POP3 is supported but IMAP is not. An Internet email account may be used if other requirements are met.

PDF Integration

Adobe PDF

An Amicus Toolbar available directly from within Adobe® Acrobat® and Adobe Reader® provides great workflow for those who scan documents.

Requires: Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader: XI, X, 9.2
 

ScanSoft® PaperPort scanner integration lets you easily save scanned documents back to the appropriate client files in Amicus.

Supported Versions: PaperPort 7 or higher

Please Note

Customers with earlier versions of Amicus Small Firm Edition should note that the integrations with CompuLaw, GhostFill (Amicus Assembly) and Palm OS are no longer available. Please speak with your Amicus representative for further information.