software launch a marketing business?
Because Rocket Matter started as a bootstrap company without major outside
investors, Port explained. He and his
staff became experts at internet marketing within the legal industry. It seemed
natural to offer their expertise as a service to law firms that are having trouble
with internet marketing, he said.
Clio Integrations. While Rocket
Matter announced its new business, two
other cloud-based practice-manage-ment platforms were debuting enhancements to existing products.
Themis Solutions Inc. (www.goclio.
com) introduced integrations for its Clio
practice management system with two
cloud-based programs: NetDocuments
( www.netdocuments.com) for document management and sharing, and
Xero ( www.xero.com) for accounting
The NetDocuments integration will
help Clio users upload documents to
NetDocuments and associate them with
matters in Clio; save documents directly
to NetDocuments and Clio from within
Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook;
and take advantage of NetDocuments’
powerful search features, Themis said.
Xero is an accounting platform suitable for small and midsized law firms.
It includes real-time financial reporting, payroll, bank reconciliation, invoicing, expense claim management, check
writing, and accounts payable.
Its integration with Clio will help lawyers automatically synchronize key client
and financial data between the two platforms. Bills generated within Clio, along
with payments of those bills, will be automatically synchronized with Xero. Communication between the two platforms
eliminates duplicate data entry.
At press time, both integrations were
expected to be released in May.
A First for an App. Meanwhile,
MyCase ( www.mycase.com) previewed
a mobile app that appears to be a first for
practice management apps — it helps
both clients and lawyers to access their
case information. While other practice-management platforms have mobile
apps allowing lawyers to access their
case and client information, this is the
first that includes a separate portal for
The app includes features that help
clients view their case information,
message directly with the law firm,
and perform other functions. The app
also helps lawyers access their matters
within MyCase, send messages to clients, view contact and calendar information, and bill on the go.
As of this writing, the app was awaiting final review by the i Tunes store and
had not yet been posted for download.
Attorney Timekeeper can
pull call records from your
phone and match them to
client numbers — helping
you with billing.
Real Time Keeping. A new product introduced at Techshow was Attorney Timekeeper ( www.attorney time-keeper.com). Bill Doran, president of
the company that created it, Morning
Waves, says lawyers lose too many billable hours through inefficient and ineffective timekeeping practices.
The best way not to lose billable time,
he says, is to keep time in real time — to
keep an accurate record of what you are
doing as you are doing it.
The application is focused as much
on productivity as on timekeeping, says
Doran, who has more than 25 years’
experience developing timekeeping and
time-management systems. It achieves
this through simple, one-touch options.
When running, Attorney Timekeeper’s home screen maintains a persistent
list of your clients and matters, starting
with those you most recently worked
on. To begin keeping time on a matter or to transition to a different matter, users simply click that matter in the
list to open a timer and get started. You
click the timer to start, or you can set it
to automatically start when you touch a
matter. Alternatively, you can enter your
Doran recommends that lawyers run
Attorney Timekeeper on a tablet, keeping it open and available by your side
as you work on your computer or other
tasks. While the program’s many touch
features make it ideal for a tablet, it also
runs perfectly well on a PC or Mac computer as well as on a smartphone.
A unique feature is automatic capture
of time spent on cell phone calls. If you
authorize this feature, Attorney Time-keeper will pull your call records from
your provider, match the records to your
clients’ phone numbers, and then you can
decide whether and how to bill that time.
Attorney Timekeeper also includes
functions that let you set billing objectives, track your progress and monitor
your billing effectiveness. If you have
an annual billing goal, for example,
you can set your objectives and monitor
your progress towards meeting them.
Similarly, you can monitor how much
of your work time you actually bill, tracking it by the day, week, month or year.
The application includes embedded Uniform Task-Based Management
System legal billing codes. You can set
various billing preferences, including
whether to bill in minutes or tenths or
quarters of an hour.
Attorney Timekeeper is sold on a
subscription basis, with pricing starting
at $49.95 per user per month. A 30-day
free trial is available.
Robert Ambrogi is a lawyer and media
consultant based in Massachusetts. He
writes the blogs Law Sites and Media Law.