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Top Tips for Choosing Billing Software

Thinking about new billing software for your firm? Regardless of industry, there are steps you can take to help in identifying the right product. Check out my Insightful Accountant Top Tips article 

Free Legal Virtual Summit

To help lawyers start, manage and grow a law practice Uptime Legal will be hosting the world’s first-ever legal virtual summit.
Law Launcher will be held on December 8th and 9th, Completely online and FREE, the conference will feature some of the most influential speakers in the legal industry today.
Law Launcher has lined up practical sessions on how to improve your law practice. The sessions cover everything from better accounting and billing to practice management software to branding to websites to advertising and more. No talks on abstract concepts and legal macroeconomics, just straight-up tested advice from experts on how you can improve your law firm’s operations, marketing, accounting, website, management, and more.
We are delighted that Andrea Giltner of Circle Management Group Consultants and 35-45 Consulting – Global will be presenting on Time and Billing Best Practices & Considerations.
You’re guaranteed to gain some valuable insights to help you better run your law practice.
Register today to claim your seat https://lawlauncher.com/.

Amicus Attorney Software Changes – Updated

A few months ago Gavel & Gown, the maker of Amicus Attorney software was acquired by the owners of Abacus. At that time things continued as they had been, with the exception of Ron Collins at the helm of Gavel & Gown. Now big changes have been announced. You should be getting formal notification but here are the high level changes.

Amicus Attorney Small Firm and Credenza software are being discontinued. This is not a big surprise as Gavel & Gown had been encouraging users to move to Amicus Cloud or upgrade to Amicus Attorney Premium, and development on these products had slowed in recent years. If you are using either product, please contact us for a no obligation discussion of your options. For 30 days, free migration is being offered to Small Firm customers. The 30 days is effective starting today (August 12). For users of Credenza, 60 days after your August 2016 renewal date the data will become read only.

For users of Amicus Attorney Premium edition the announcement is that, effective immediately, Amicus Attorney Premium edition will only be available on a subscription basis. This means if you want to upgrade, or add licenses to your current version, you must move to the subscription basis. The subscription version will include Amicus Advantage support and Amicus Anywhere access. Users of Amicus Attorney Premium with a subscription for 10 or less users will be able to run on their own on premises server. Larger firms will need to run on Abacus Private Cloud.  We are happy to speak with you about how these change will impact your firm and to provide pricing.

This  announcement is new and information is still developing. Please call Caren at 203-254-7736 for specifics on how it impacts you.

Top 10 Challenges of QuickBooks for Law Firms

Recently I did a webinar, sponsored by Cosmolex on the Top 10 Challenges of QuickBooks for Law Firms.

Are you are a law firm currently using QuickBooks and wondering if Cosmolex, or something else would be better?

Are you thinking about using QuickBooks?

If so, you might benefit from watching this recording of the webinar. I review the top challenges and provide some suggestions on dealing with them in QuickBooks.
At the end Cosmolex shows how they deal with the issues. If you are not interested in Cosmolex you can just end your viewing. But, whether or not your are interested in Cosmolex, the webinar will help you understand the limitations of QuickBooks for law firms and make a more informed decision

The recording can be found at https://www.cosmolex.com/resources/webinars/?video=10-quickbooks-challenges

Questions after viewing – please contact us for help.

Timeslips leaves BDE behind

Timeslips has long been limited in capacity and performance by the Borland Database Engine on which it was dependent. A few years ago Sage addressed this by releasing a Firebird SQL version of Timeslips (Timeslips Premium) that removed the capacity restrictions and greatly improved performance in a network environment. However, many larger firms who would have benefited from this new version were reluctant to change since Timeslips Premium is a subscription offering. While this means it includes support and upgrades, it all means that if you stop paying the database becomes read only.

Timeslips BDE version continued to be offered for those that preferred a perpetual license. But the limitations remained and few new features were added.

Sage has now announced that there will not be a 2017 BDE version. Instead, effective with the 2017 release, there will be two Firebird SQL versions, a subscription version and a perpetual license version. The subscription version will continue to include support, upgrades and new features. The perpetual license version will have support available at an additional price and new features will be added when a new version is released each year. If you are on the perpetual license version and want the new features, you will purchase an upgrade. There may be some features that are available in the Premium version that are not in the perpetual license version.

Some feature s that are currently in Timeslips Premium that are expected to be included in Timeslips 2017 include redesigned budgeting and Accounts Receivable and Client Address Ghost Labels. The Quick Bill and Calculated field on invoices capabilities are planned to be only available in Timeslips Premium at this time.

Timeslips 2017 perpetual license version based on Firebird SQL is expected to be available in the June/July 2016 time frame. Timeslips BDE databases will automatically be converted to Firebird SQL on installation so that no data is lost. Pricing is not yet available. If you are interested in more information please contact me at caren@timeandcents.com or 203-254-7736.

Amicus Attorney “merges” with Abacus

You may have seen the article about the merger of Abacus and Amicus. We have been told that it will have no impact on the Amicus Attorney products at this time. If you would like to discuss the announcement, please contact me and I will be happy to have a no cost discussion about your specific situation.
If you would like to read the full announcement, please go to http://www.abacuslaw.com/resources/blog/abacus-data-systems-and-amicus-attorney-join-forces-transform-practice-automation