Abacus Data Systems

AbacusLaw

3.5 / 5 125 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

The Abacus products & services portfolio is flexible and dynamically scalable to support a legal professionals from solo practitioners to enterprise law firms.


Average Ratings

125 Reviews
  • 3.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 3.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 3.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $87.00/month/user
  • Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Abacus Data Systems
  • www.abacusnext.com/
  • Founded 1983
  • United States

About AbacusLaw

Founded in 1983, AbacusLaw has spent decades insuring that our trust accounting exceeds all Bar Association requirements. AbacusLaw tracks all trust activity, from deposits to printing checks, with detailed on-screen or printed reports so you're completely safeguarded. Integrated with time and billing, our trust accounting makes it easy to maintain a complete set of records for your clients. Also available in our private cloud for a complete disaster-proof solution.


AbacusLaw Features

  • Accrual Accounting
  • Activity Tracking
  • Asset Gain & Loss Reporting
  • Check Writing
  • Compliance Management
  • Cross Ledger Posting
  • Customer Statements
  • Fee Calculation & Posting
  • Receipt Management
  • Tax Management

AbacusLaw Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Years of disappointment followed by complete and utter disgust

Jun 11, 2018
1/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I recommend you avoid this software and company like the plague. They have continually increased prices while failing to deliver added value. The software is "dated" and there are more advanced options by other software providers. I am disgusted by their sales practices and customer service. If you need a local solution, purchase needles or really any other provider instead of Abacus Law. I would also avoid their cloud solutions as well, based on my experiences because I do not trust this company at all.

Pros: Date calculator, customizable, good database structure. That's it really because I've been using it for years and can't think of anything else that could be considered a pro.

Cons: Expensive, unreliable, VPN functionality bad to non-existent, dated, bad experience with sales. I had a lingering problem for two years before it was solved. Recently, I had an absolutely terrible experience with my account manager who tried to sell me on their cloud system. When I rejected the move to the cloud platform, I instructed my account manager to keep one license. However, I was billed for 4 licenses at 4x the rate I was previously paying. I do not believe that the software or cloud services are worth the money. I would bet that the company and its subsidiaries are attempting to increase the price of their services so they can increase their exit multiple. Do not fall into the trap people.

I had a good experience. the support staff are always very courteous and helpful.

May 15, 2018
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software does have many functions that are helpful. It does have more to offer in file set up for our clients and has many more functions than the previous software we used.

Cons: The software does have too many steps in some functions. I have to click on several tabs to do an action that could be simplified.

Worst software ever

May 03, 2018
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Nothing.

Cons: This software is unstable and customer service is poor. It looses appointments , doesn't bill correctly, and has technical issues in a daily basis. If you call for customer service plan on spending a significant amount of time on the phone only ro result in no solution.

The customer service department personnel is always very friendly and they go out of their way.

Apr 25, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Without it none of us at the office would be able to do our jobs. It is brilliant. Feature of being able to attach an email to the billing is very helpful.

Cons: I would like to be able to clone a time ticket directly at the email level instead of having to go the time ticket list of the matter.

Overall: Years of efficient production of work and billing.

Beware of this scam.

Apr 19, 2018
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Cons: This product is horrible. Customer service is bad. Once they have your money, they will avoid customers by all cost.

Need Alot of Training

Apr 17, 2018
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: You can connect all your information like emails, times, and so on. It has a spot for every bit of information needed for each individual client entry. Customer service is nice and there are lots of tutorials.

Cons: You need a lot of training to thoroughly understand how to use abacus. It is very picky on some of the input fields as well.

Cannot recommend local version

Apr 17, 2018
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The lawyers liked the software when it worked, and it satisfied all of their needs and requirements.
Updates were easy and straightforward to install.

Cons: The local installed version relies on some very outdated DB backend that conflicted with an outdated DB backend for a plug-in that is sold with the software. This caused is to contantly have to make registry tweaks on all client machines any time something was thrown off balance with any app or Windows update.

We were assured hlthat the cloud version was not affected by these issues, so I'd recommend that one instead as the software iteslf worked quite well outside of those problems.

We have relied on this software as one of our primary organizational tools for over five years.

Apr 01, 2018
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The Abacus software, now on Abacus Private Cloud, almost always is functioning properly, and is accessible from anywhere, anytime. After our experience, we would now not use anything that is not cloud-based, particularly being in a city highly prone to power-outages, floods, and hurricanes.
We have found the software to steadily improve in features and speed. The customer service is the best I have experienced very particularly in the software industry. The techs are all very knowledgeable and carefully resolve every inquiry. They are also available very quickly, an absolute anomaly in the software business.
The calendering component, as others have observed, is a key strong-point. The linking in of all events, documents, e-mails, and notes into one accessible electronic folder provides the convenient efficiency that you will frequently use.
It is possible to scan documents directly to the cloud case file from your local computer - an important step-saver.
Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, when installed, functions on the APC desktop.
You will need reasonably strong, consistent Internet connections. Airport terminals are mostly unusable work locations even with a "jet-pack" or cell-phone "hot-spot."

Cons: This is a powerful software tool. As such, except for the calendar, it is not a "plug & play" system, except for the most computer-fluent users. To fully utilize its comprehensive features will take a commitment to initial as well as ongoing learning while taking the daily, time-consuming steps to precisely link all activities back to the case file. However, the added work will and must obviate the paper file.
The queries, forms, and reports functions are all very valuable but are far too complex to user-initiate, and each requires ongoing custom installation by the provider.
Cost-effective file collaboration with outsiders is not possible, therefore an added cloud account and the expense is required along with the time of copying and moving sizeable files.
Changing accounting from existing into the integrated system is a major transition to be carefully evaluated in advance. Maintaining the current accounting system, at least temporarily, will be required.
This software must be your primary organizational tool as it will grow into a weighted expense that is justifiable only if it is the key resource.
The software does crash daily when trying to interact with Outlook for file linking of e-mails. It can usually be resolved with a quick re-start.
Initiating printing is quite slow and getting slower but understandable with a remote server.
Microsoft Office, Adobe Pro, and Reallegal depo transcription all work very well here. Some other applications do not at all.

Overall: It is a mostly comprehensive business-management tool

I know it's good, but it can be a pain

Mar 13, 2018
5/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Okay, this software is good and I can recognize it's made with love, but I have some qualms about it.

Cons: I don't like the fact that specific features don't fully work with my integrations, and the ease of use is pretty low (as well as low amount of integrations to begin with)

Vendor Response

by Abacus Data Systems on April 17, 2018

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review about our software and recognizing the hard work that our team puts into the product. If you're having issues using the program, we host FREE weekly webinars with our product trainers. The webinars are live and interactive, so you can ask questions and learn tips to use the product more efficiently. You can sign up at Abacusnext.com/webinars, where you can also view a variety of previously recorded webinars.

DO NOT USE THIS PROGRAM!!!

Mar 13, 2018
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Cons: In October 2017, I entered into an agreement with Abacus Next for case management and accounting support for my new law practice. At the time of entering into the contract I was promised a new laptop as part of a promotion which I never received. Abacus Next did not set up my software program until the end of February 2018. I have encountered numerous issues with the software and have made many unsuccessful attempts in trying to get Abacus to rectify the ongoing issues. Every time I call I am placed on hold or routed to various people who are unable to address the problems. Abacus has also made many false representations on their website about their program. First, their 800 support number does not work. Second, the email accounts set up of for my law firm do not work. Third, I am never able to speak to a supervisor. Due to their lack of response, my staff is unable to email clients and I am unable to access new cases that are sent to me. I have asked that they return my email to my GoDaddy account for over a week so I can take back control over my email account and they have failed to do so. On one occasion while speaking with tech support I could hear other individuals talking in the background and overheard an employee say to another person. This is completely unprofessional.

Inefficient, disappointing, and unresponsive.

Feb 06, 2018
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: We have been using Abacus for calendaring for years, and were very pleased with that aspect of the program.

Cons: Our greatest issue rests with the company's customer service. We continue to receive conflicting responses and information from various team members. At this point, we feel as though each person will say whatever they have to in the moment. Response times are slow, with some e-mails simply being ignored. We have been shuffled around from person to person, yet have been unable to reach anyone other than our account manager, despite requesting specific assistance from other departments and individuals. Additionally, the product itself is slow, cumbersome, and inefficient. Something that should be done with one step is easily taking 7 or 8. Abacus Law does not communicate with Abacus Accounting well, leaving incredible room for error and forcing an inefficient use of our time. For a program that claims to be useful on multiple levels, Abacus leaves you extremely disappointed.

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We love this program

Jan 30, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It allows us to have our calendars, emails, documents and billing in one place. We have been able to customize templates and rules for our files and practice management.

Cons: The accounting system is not automated well enough and we are required to use a third party and keep double books and manually enter our information into the system.

Everything was fine until we went to the Abacus Private Cloud

Jan 23, 2018
2/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Check out other options if you want a cloud bases case management program before going with APC. I am waiting for my 5 year contract to expire and then reevaluate my options. I would like to have more control over "my cloud" and have local, on the scene tech support like we used to enjoy before we were forced to upgrade to APC, or else pay a high price for non-supported, prior versions of the software.

Pros: It is nice to be able to access the case management software through the cloud. It allows you to take you work with you where ever you go - which can be a good thing or a bad one.

Cons: Abacus Private Cloud does not play well with anything but MS Office 365. I had to buy a more expensive version of Dragon Naturally Speaking Legal and there is such a lag between dictation and text, that the Dragon software never gets used. We also use Essential Forms for our Judicial Council Forms in CA. APC tech support has left me hanging for over 2 weeks, and countless hours trying to figure out software that they had previously installed on their server for our use. It also seems like every time I call support to change something, there is a horrendous charge.

Overall, quite good. The software is a big finicky, but customer/tech support is awesome!

Jan 17, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software is pretty intuitive/user-friendly, and customer/tech support is extremely good at fixing the issues that arise.

Cons: A lot of "issues" arise (problems between Outlook and Abacus, Abacus shutting down improperly and requiring me to go to the server to close out open Abacus files and restart Abacus on a more-than-weekly basis, strange messages that even tech support can't figure out regarding printing within Abacus accounting, etc.)

Overall: Streamlined efficiency and time savings (we WERE using Time Matters for case database, Timeslips for time and billing, and Quickbooks for accounting, so every matter had to be set up three times).

Ugh. I use it because I don't feel I have a better option...

Jan 11, 2018
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 3.0/10 Not
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Pros: The legal billing and trust accounting functions are great. However, the rest of the accounting functionality really stinks.

I like how for billing, you can schedule a bill to e-mail or print and it automatically does it (e/m or print) when you finalize the bills.

Cons: I'm used to QuickBooks. I hate that I can't drill down to detail from reports. I hate that I can't type a vendor's name when I tab to the field when entering A/P (you have to open the search window and search for the vendor...there's no way to fully navigate through data entry without taking your hands off the keyboard).

Data between the "Law" program and the "Accounting" program becomes "out of sync" frequently. There's a script to run to attempt to fix it, but it takes hours to run.

Overall: The cost vs other comparable software is the primary reason why this software was chosen. Additionally (just as important to us) is that the data is stored on our network and not the cloud.

Worst Experience Ever. If I could give zero stars I would!

Jan 08, 2018
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Do not make the mistake of believing that this product will do anything for you other than cause you countless hours of grief.

Pros: Any pros of this software are so far outweighed by the cons that they are not worthy of even mention.

Cons: This software is absolutely horrible. I had high hopes for this software after having been given rave reviews about Amicus Attorney and calling to get more information. The salesperson convinced me that after describing my firm's needs, we were better suited for Abacus, which was owned by the same company. After purchasing the software, it took more than 8 months for them to figure out how to migrate our data from our existing billing software, a process that they represented they were very familiar with during the sales calls. When we finally made the transition to this software we quickly learned that it is not at all user-friendly, they provide no guidance on how to use the software or how to set it up, large portions of data mysteriously changes by itself (today the originating attorneys on hundreds of our chases mysteriously changed to reflect the names of our support staff members). The calendaring system is supposed to be able to sync seamlessly with Outlook. This is a joke. Items randomly disappear from attorneys' calendars or appear on the wrong attorneys calendars, when entered. Some items sync from Abacus to Outlook and others don't with no rhyme or reason. Their call center is horrible. You cannot get the same person on the phone twice, and you cannot request to speak with a particular person so there is no consistency of service. Each time you call to describe a problem you are having, you have to start from the beginning because they do not keep any records of your past calls. The people who answer the phone have no idea how the software works and always tell you that they have to research your question and get back to you. Oftentimes you never receive a call back and when you do they still don't know how to assist you. I could go on and on...

Worst Experience.

Jan 02, 2018
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Cons: Absolute worst experience ever from billing to support. This company uses predatory billing practices and its product is filled with endless glitches. No live support. From what it seems, they outsource their tech support to another country. They keep your data hostage to continue to bill you forever and ever. They will continue to bill you even while you have zero access to the program. They will disregard your requests to stop charging your card.

Dealing with trained apes is better than Abacus

Dec 26, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Sales reps are very knowledgeable and able to make a sale. However no one behind sales rep understand what needs to be done to actually install the softwares.

Cons: Abacus has failed and continues to fail to install software on all devices, or transfer data. However, they have initiated litigation against customer because payment was stopped due to lack of cooperation from Abacus to make system work.

I like the program however we come across things each day that we would like improved

Dec 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Abacus is user friendly, the calendar is easy to use. I like how I can link and search for emails in the matters tab as opposed to my email.

Cons: We have to call customer support on a regular basis. Our forms don't work and we have called several times to get this going and it never gets completed. Message slips is hit or miss if it works. I believe we have been over charged multiple times and our bill has to be credited, we had to find this mistake.

Customers say the like it!

Dec 07, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
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Comments: Software support is great. Any time I have a question or issue, I never have to wait long.

Pros: IT administrator here , I do work for several law firms and the majority of them use Abacus and all of them seem to like it. I have set it up and installed the software several times for a one person office all the way up to a 50 person office and it was equally easy. Never have any issues with file corruption and it integrates well with other software.

Cons: The software can be a bit of a resource hog, but I normally only notice this with users who have lower end computers. Depending on what parts of the software you use, it can take up some hard drive space. But that's about it, not many cons.

Purchase the product

Dec 05, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Cons: After two weeks, still no contact from the company. All names used are fictitious white names and they are Indians in India. This is the most ridiculous company I have seen. They should not be selling anything at all.

DON'T BUY THIS PRODUCT, DON'T BE SCAMMED LIKE ME

Nov 15, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I was solicited to migrate from Amicus because Abacus bought out their completion. Now I cannot use my old program and cannot use Abacus either. I will fight them all the way. Can anyone say Bait and Switch Class Action? What a complete joke. Now I have to fight with my credit card. I am glad I did not authorize an automatic withdrawal from my bank account! Sucks how much time I have wasted trying to fix my case management that wasn't broken to begin with and now it is. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. DON'T FALL FOR THE FAST TALKING SALES GUY!

Pros: NOTHING GOOD ABOUT THIS PRODUCT. NOTHING WAS A REPRESENTED AND I AM STILL STRUGGLING TO GET BACK TO FUNCTIONALITY.

Cons: EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING. I BOUGHT INTO THE CLOUD BASED SERVICE, THEN I WAS TOLD I CANNOT PRINT THROUGH THE CLOUD. WHAT LAWFIRM DOESN'T PRINT?

It took 9 months to go live ( after they promised two) and we are still not fully functional with this program after countless hours of staff and attorney time and their time as well.

Nov 09, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Migrating to a new system is always hard and we expected some bumps along the way but we never imagined that the program would cause the level of unproductivity it has. The training modules are fine but the program itself has been a huge strain on our office all year.

Pros: Abacus law has potential for new firms possibly that are starting out with no expectations and no need to import large data.

Cons: Program does not work well with third party vendors; the cloud is super slow; crashes and freezes continually, email linking is unusable. Accounting program has quirks that do not allow you to tab through. Calendar is limited in how many people you can assign to groups. Calendar synching with phone is spotty.

Great experience

Nov 08, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I interacted with this software only twice but both times were excellent. I didn't know it would be so easy to use the cloud with my lawyer.

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Do not buy AbacusLaw Case Management Software

Nov 06, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Cons: The company seems to have abandoned us. We purchased AbacusLaw five years ago and now the program keeps crashing and the rude support personnel blame us for using an outdated version which Abacus says it is trying to faze out an no longer support. We bought the program because it offered case management and document management capabilities, and automatically updated contacts and calendar on the phone. Over the years, we constantly needed to contact support because the calendar and contact update functionality constantly broke down. Now the software crashes all of the time. I could not enter new clients nor could I make calendar entries for the past five (5) days. I called support and they complained that Abacus no longer wants to support this version and claimed my staff must have "deleted something" -- which is an impossibility! and the support blames Microsoft updates. We are beyond frustrated with Abacus. The program is so poorly designed there is no way to utilize many of the features it claims to have. Frankly we gave up on linking documents, producing case management reports, etc. because the software is too complicated to understand. Abacus now wants to up-sell us on its new software products and the pricing could not be more noncompetitive. I sincerely discourage anyone from using Abacus Law and this is the advice from a long term user who gave Abacus an honest and fair chance.

Overall: Abacus is a disappointment and I strongly recommend against using it. The support blames its customer and Microsoft Abacus' failures. Our program crashes constantly and the supposed case management and document management features are too complicated to use. The phone calendar and contact updates no longer work, which was a major purchase consideration when we purchased Abacus. Now the company will not support its outdated system and is using its failure to extort upgrades from its long-term customers. We started using Abacus over five years ago and experienced many headaches thought that term. Now the system constantly crashes. As an example, for the past week or so we have not been able to add new client contacts or calendar events. Imagine trying to run a law office and you cannot open a file or put an event on the calendar. Abacus support was rude and cavalier about our problems and tried to put the blame on Microsoft Windows 10 and blamed our office for deleting something on our computer -- an utter impossibility. I cannot strongly impress upon anyone considering teaming up with Abacus my disappointment and hope you will steer clear of AbacusLaw.

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Abacus is used our law office to manage PIP claims and it is not the fastest however it is good.

Nov 01, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
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Pros: IF... and only IF set up properly most pleadings can be pre drafted and auto filled IF and ONLY IF all case info is put in correctly.

Cons: A little slow for my own taste. Let's just say you need to set time aside to only dedicate yourself to using the software.

Overall: You can keep track of your billable hours and the pre set up pleadings make your life easy.

Dont buy Abacus - You wont get ANY customer service - HOLD time 2 HRS

Oct 24, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: No none.

Cons: When the personal injury settlement statements don't look right and you call to help make them look right, you're on the phone for 1-2 hours and get no answers. You are repeatedly told by "tier 1" people that you cannot be transferred to "tier 2" people even though your question is high level. They put you on hold while they talk to other people, people who you cannot talk to. You sit on hold while they click on your computer screen but do not fix the problem. One person there, maybe two, can look at a problem with a personal injury settlement statement and fix it quickly. Having 2 people who are able to fix settlement statements quickly there at Abacus when they likely have thousands or hundreds of clients is not enough. They are under-staffed when it comes to getting answers and trouble-shooting settlement statements.

The perfect partner for a solo or small practice

Oct 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: AbacusNext keeps me current with my calendar; allows me to annotate events taking place in my cases; provides me a quick conflicts check; enables me to bill events and emails in each clients folder; creates an itemized billing statement for my clients. Technical support is always there to help and fix any issue that I have.

Cons: Technical support is not available on the weekends or on holidays for problems with the Abacusnext software

Great program with amazing support.

Oct 12, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love that we have all of our case information in one area which is easy to access and configure to our needs.

It is a reliable case management software.

Oct 12, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It provides a trustworthy way for me to manage my cases. I like that it has a client conflict feature. I am able to keep up with calendaring, client notes and court appearances in an efficient manner.

Cons: That automatic spell check is not integrated with the software. That some of the screens could be presented in a more efficient manner.

from ok to horrible

Oct 10, 2017
1/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Not much - system has deteriorated in quality while increasing in price. Abacus has not come through with their promises and continues to raise prices despite this.

Cons: It rarely works properly the last few years. Now abacus has turned into the crooks that change prices on their own and take money from your account without permission while refusing to process a cancellation.

Excellent! keeps all files up to date!

Oct 04, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I can link each email with each file so I never worry about what things have already been done. I can easily set reminders, tasks, appointments and easily access them from the calendar or the client file

Cons: It is an excellent program - and I wish I knew how to use all the features. It does way more than I know.

The customer service has been excellent whenever needed.

Oct 03, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The simplicity of the basic functions and their connection--particularly the calendar billing and e-mail accounts which all used to be separate.

Cons: The print response. When I hit print it takes almost a minute for anything to come out of the printer and is an annoying delay.

Overall: Coordinated connection. The e-mail connection to the calendar data base saves my e-mails to the specific file.

It has been very good for my office and staff.

Oct 03, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The simple way it fits into my legal practice which keeps dates and matters calendared and organized in a very efficient manner.

Cons: I am not very savvy when it comes to software so I am still learning how to use all of its features.

Abacus has definitely helped our office and all employees access all files easily and quickly.

Oct 03, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: All important file information is at your fingertips and easy to navigate. Any one in the office can access a file and know where things are at, add notes or get important information.

Cons: Some people have had trouble learning how to link things correctly, and have had a couple issues figuring out what formats or templates to use, and matters being deleted, but just takes time to get used to. It would be nice to be able to bold, underline things or chance text colors, but you can not.

Overall: Streamlining all file information to one software program.

My/our experience with AbacusLaw has been very positive since we acquired it 7 years ago.

Oct 03, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: We are a small office so the use of AbacusLaw makes our document management (storage & access), time management and accounting particularly important. The integration of all of these function makes it possible for my partner and me to manage an active real estate practice and divorce mediation practice with support staff. Additionally, on the few occasions we have has some sort of a glitch the support team has been quick to address it.

Cons: I have very little to offer on the negative side. From time to time when an upgrade is done there are minor disruptions in the flow of work as I adjust to changes to processing of the work flow.

Overall: Greatest benefit is the capacity to integrate document management and financial management and billing.

Abacus' customizable features and packages helped ma adopt to focusing on different law subjects.

Oct 03, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I love the calendar based calendaring, which helped me create some workflows for my firm. In addition, I enjoyed the mobile feature, which kept the information synced to my laptop. The key payment features are also helpful. Also of importance is how everything is attached at a matter, which makes information and relationships easy to find.

Cons: It's a pain to program and get running to specifications, but it is truly customizable if time allowed for it.

Overall: It kept me organized and helped me understand organization principles - matter-related for files. It also made retrieval of information easy as emails are tagged to the matter.

Poor service, poor management, poor performance

Sep 28, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Cons: I started using another service after years with Abacus due to their poor customer service and technical support (which you pay for) and their inability to have a calendar that effectively syncs, then switched back as I was promised improved service, functionality, and an app and web integration allowing for seamless calendar syncing. The app doesn't even exist. Then, due to sluggish cloud performance, I was asked to add more GB at an additional fee, which I did, and after it did not improve performance, Abacus refused to reverse this and the charges, saying I am stuck with it for the rest of my contract term. I am done with them; gathering my emails and other contacts so I can get out of this contract due to their breach of promise. I will never go back to Abacus with the way they have treated me. Calendar syncing problems are the worst; when entering appointments in Outlook, sometimes they do not sync which means important court dates and other things are missing from my office calendar.

Great Salesmen, Terrible Service - a business liability

Sep 20, 2017
2/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Strong database with a lot of features and the unique Outlook add-in to bill emails straight into the integrated accounting software. The add-in will make you very dependent really quickly if you bill for time reading and responding to emails.

Cons: Horrible support and inaccurate sales information. Each time there is an update, we had to end up calling in to fix the problem. If we were lucky, we got an experienced tech. Otherwise we ended up going through several until the problem was fixed. We would spend hours on the phone each time for days in a row and the problems would completely prevent us from working for a day or more. The down time was costing us too much money and client retention issues. Finally after 5 years we had enough and cancelled the program based upon the original salesman's representations that we paid for the program for 2 years, then after that we could pay for maintenance but we would have a usable stand alone program. We found out that is untrue when we cancelled. We were not given the opportunity to retrieve our information, billing or financials unless we paid for a month-to-month account and tech fee. In response, the company would not return our phone calls.

Overall: Time capture for billing, full accounting software.

Horrible! Do not use this company!

Sep 19, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I was LIED to to get me to sign a contract with them. After signing the contract it became clear their product did not work, they refused to cancel the contract and instead demanded that I buy additional services from them so that the initial product I purchased would work. This is not only unethical, but this borders on illegal! DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT!

Cons: Product did not work. I signed a contract under the promise from these crooks that their system would work with my current equipment. It did not. And now they want me to continue to pay for a service that does not work.

I had a very bad experience with both the software and the customer service department.

Aug 22, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Cons: The software takes SO MUCH time - I realized how time consuming this software is on the very first day! I immediately called the company and tried to terminate the contract. The software was NOT what abacus represented. Of course, they refused to cancel the contract. They said they would keep billing me. The guy i spoke to told me he did not have the authority to cancel it. HORRIBLE HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. Save yourself a headache and money! Now I pay for software I DO NOT USE. Also, the sales person lied to me I had to pay for "training hours." They charged me for training, which I never used. I told them this software is NOT working for me. I wanted to cancel the software on the very first day when I purchased it. Again, they refused and told me I would be billed for 3 YEARS - PAYING 3 YEARS FOR SOMETHING I NEVER USED. This company made misrepresentations about its software and now wants to profit from its own wrongdoing!

Overall: none

Abacus Accounting\Billing needs to reduce keystrokes when billing and correcting.

Aug 16, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Integration with calendar is good; can click on calendar events to bill them. Ease of integration is generally good.

Cons: It takes TOO MANY KEYSTROKES to bill a time tix, time tix window is not easily navigable, offers little flexibility in billing, need a separate "time tix" for each matter billed, cannot use case name (vs billing number) to bill (other programs allow billing by either name or number).
Need a way to check calendar events for the month to identify those not billed.

Overall: coordination with Abacus Law Calendaring program, which is excellent.

Everything -- and more -- that a sole practitioner needs for case management

Jul 31, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Ease of access of court, client, and opposing counsel information, as well as calendar and diary reminders (critical for a one-horse show such as mine). Plus, the customer support branch is the best I have ever encountered for any kind of software, ever.

Cons: Too many features that are not important to me and get in the way. It is sometimes difficult to get to the task I want to perform without having to navigate around features that are unnecessary to my small practice.

Overall: I can practice without a secretary.

There are much better options out there.

Jul 18, 2017
2/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: For just a little more than you will ultimately spend on Abacus, there are much better solutions out there. I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this product to anyone.

Pros: We did like the time-keeping function. It provided an easy way to enter time. Also, we liked the statistical charts that were available showing daily performance.

Cons: Everything else. Essentially, customer service is not fully up to speed on everything. Frequently, you call and then have to wait for another call when the tech tells you he/she has to ask someone higher up. Also, Abacus management makes promises that it does not keep. When things got really bad, e were told Abacus would release us from our contract and stop automatic withdrawals from our bank account if I promised not to write a negative review. They did not hold up their end.

I have used Abacus for over 10 years, and have found it to be extremely intuitive to use.

Jul 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: When using Abacus to manage cases, the process is as simple as doing the client work, then billing the time, and finally creating an event to either follow up on what was done, to perform an additional task, or to appear in court on a specific date. I can then move from client to client, not have to remember anything because I will always know the exact status of each client's matter. And if a client calls, I don't have to pull a file to update them on the status of their matter.

Cons: With the most recent version we have had an unusual number of things that are not working the same way they worked prior to the update. While the support staff seems capable, they are on the West Coast and I am on the East Coast, so I end up staying at the end of the day to resolve issues.

Overall: I am a very effective in my billing using this software.

My experience as a new user has been positive.

Jul 12, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: I like the ability to learn about the software at my own pace and being able to use a variety of methods to get the information.

Cons: The amount of time it can take me to make changes. I have had formatting issues that were discussed in the videos and had a lot of difficulty setting up the same new formats in my own program.

Overall: It is comprehensive in scope so I can keep all of my relevant information in one place and retrieve it on the fly, which means I can answer client inquiries effectively and efficiently.

A great choice for law firms.

Jul 11, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The ability to link emails and track electronic information is very useful and allows the user to locate past correspondence with ease.

Cons: The inability to track telephonic communication can sometimes be an issue; however, notes have become useful for this task.

Just like a diet - if you follow the instructions your billables will increase. Ours did!

Jul 07, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use - it seems daunting at first but once I learned how to use it sand became familiar with it, I am pleased at the functionality.

Cons: Our accounting side said they have had some trouble in reconciling escrows; however, we are working that out.

Overall: Increased billability, more control over budget, all of our financial matters in one place for ease of management

I have used Abacus Law for many years and the cloud-based service since they became available.

Jul 06, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Designed for lawyers, easy to use, and powerful. The calendar coordinates well with my Outlook and mobile device.

Cons: The accounting side is rigid, which can be frustrating, but the rigidity also helps avoid errors. Generally the system is well balanced.

Overall: Helps me manage my practice and do my billing.

Used to love this program, but in the last 3 months, some serious structural flaws have developed in the software, creating faulty Reports

Jul 03, 2017
2/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: In the past 3 months, the software has been producing incorrect reports....missing invoice #s on Statements, Trust money being applied incorrectly to invoices, etcetera. When I filed a Case Report, it was "closed" without notifying me. The problem was not solved.

Pros: The Abacus Accounting software provides a great place to store all information needed for billing legal matters, which can be complicated

Cons: the phone support is a group of tech-savvy guys, but they don't know anything about accounting, so they can't understand accounting issues

Abacus makes accounting easy.

Jun 29, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Abacus has everything we need for our daily functions and makes basic accounting easy. We can access our client's many different ways (i.e.: name, matter, ID). I love the way the top bar is set up. The icons are used daily. I can print out reports for the partner within seconds. Easy transfer of funds from one client to another.

Cons: Sometimes when updates are made, there are problems with the monthly billing and client payments. After inputting the time tickets, sometimes the program freezes up and we need to shut down the system a couple of times and even need to call customer services for help. Also, when printing the invoices, even though I put them in alpha order, when they print out, they print out numerically or even one time recently just printed out (255 bills) in no methodical way. The same thing happens when inputting client payments. Instead of allowing me to input what I want to input, if I mark an invoice or invoices.

Affordable; complete; intuitive

Jun 28, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: 1. Affordable: Having purchased similar software years ago and having paid an amount for it, I knew that the cost of a new firm management software that handled both front office and back office matters was going to be a major obstacle for me. Particularly if I wanted the software to be resident on my computer as opposed to web-based. But, with the monthly payment plan that Abacuslaw offers, it was very easy to sign up.
2. Complete management solution. There are very few programs around that offer both a full management software and a full accounting software to attorneys. Most of the software out there offers a billing component, but not a full accounting solution. With Abacuslaw, I can have both for the same price. I don't have to have another accounting software like QuickBooks pro to handle the accounting of my office.
3. The software is very easy to use. Most of the time, I can figure things out by myself without much training. But, to the extent I need training, I can find videos on YouTube or worst case scenario, I can sign up for their affordable one on one instructions.
4. Really good support staff: My questions or problems are usually answered and resolved on the same call into the office. Very responsive and knowledgeable support staff and extremely cooperative and helpful.
5. I've done lots of research. Not too many companies with the same level of service and features for the same price. Highly recommend it.

Cons: 1. Glitches. While support staff is very responsive, the number of glitches is at times distracting. I would say that I average about maybe one glitch every three months or so. But it is dealt with very soon.
2. Data migration: The only major problem I had with Abacus law was their data migration. I was migrating from Amicus online and they could not transfer my data. Finally, the only thing they were able to migrate was my case information. I had to reenter my financial data myself. My suggestion is to make sure that they understand what format you are migrating from and get a firm commitment from them that they can handle the migration without problems.
In the end, though, the drawbacks are so small, compared to the benefits that the minor complaints I have don't even register.

Overall: This software allows me to run my small law firm without having to hire full time assistants and automates about 80% of my administrative tasks.

Easy to use, logically laid out cloud feature provides security

Jun 27, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Remote capabilities, secure file storage, ease of file retrieval, customizing feature set.

The software is easy to navigate once you get the hang of it. Custom additions are easy to make to on the fly. The security of the cloud is important and with the scanning of files, all your documents are safe and retrievable from anywhere with remote access. Staying on top of important matters and being able to pull down documents and forward them, can put your office at ease.

Cons: Integration with other media for Mircosoft, Outlook, email integration doesn't seems to work very well. Work on the integration piece.

Overall: Being able to pull the necessary documents quickly, efficiently for each client. Like having another assistant in the office with you.

My favorite feature of Abacus is the rules based options. I don't have to calculate due dates

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: I love that a can either print a report based on certain dates or certain cases and that I can name or rename certain fields. I also like that all of the county rules are updated automatically. When you are busy like I am -- so often forget until it's too late

Cons: My least favorite thing about the cloud based option is that I have to constantly change screens. I will remedy that with installing another monitor side-by-side so that I can keep Abacus open in the case that I'm working in while working on another document at the same time.

Overall: peace of mind with the rules based option

Was easy to learn and get used to. I used Amicus for years. Abacus is great software

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Very user friendly and great feature to be able to customize the software to our needs. I like the way the date calculator works.

Cons: I wish it was displayed like Amicus as files. That was very clear and client files stood out more.

Overall: For sure tech support and more advanced features. WE do not need a lot of the features but comforting knowing we can add some features later.

Long time happy user - original customer!

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I've learned how to craft my queries and the flexibility that allows in the flow of my case management is awesome.

Cons: Hard to say, but if anything, I'd like improvements to the functionality of the mobile versions only

Overall: I've used it since it was first developed. I've never blown a deadline, or lost client info. Can't recommend it enough.

Game changer

Jun 27, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The ability to access my entire office remotely has made my practice and my outside life much easier and more manageable.

Vendor Response

by Abacus Data Systems on June 27, 2017

We are delighted to hear how AbacusLaw and Abacus Private Cloud have made a positive impact on your firm. Thank you for your insights!

I have extensive experience with document management software. AbacusLaw is user friendly.

Jun 22, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I like the way it captures billing in several venues and how it links names to matters. Opening of new cases are very easy.

Cons: I like everything about the software. I do not like the issues which arise with MS Word and Outlook in Office 365. Also that the software tends to freeze up a lot.

Overall: The particularly am benefited with the billing diary and the ticket review.

Always pleased

Jun 22, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use, and great functions. Love all the report options and billing is a breeze. The overall look is great also.

Cons: Sometimes takes a little time for a call back from tech support. I hardly ever call, but when I do, it is usually needing a rather quick fix and I hate to wait!

Great

Jun 22, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I really like the integration between case management and accounting software as well as the ability to coordinate the calendar with Microsoft Outlook.

Cons: Statute of limitations dates in personal injury forms cannot be locked or secured to prevent accidental or potentially malicious changes by any employee. I have requested a change in this regard but I have not yet seen it implemented. I also wish our private cloud software had a more automated update option.

always very happy with the customer support

Jun 21, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: ease of use and keeping cases organized - makes work flow over all a lot easier - very user friendly

Cons: it crashes a few times a day- it is pricey- sometimes it can randomly run slow- other than that no complaints

Any time I've had a support question, that question was answered immediately.

Jun 21, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Having a case management software that can be customized to how we run our practice is important. Abacus allows us to implement our ways of doing things into our software. It's very convenient and has made our jobs much more efficient.

Cons: The cross over from our old software to this new software was a bit of a hassle, but the Abacus staff was there to provide us with support every step of the way.

Overall: The most beneficial part of Abacus was being able to customize our program to match our specific practice areas.

The customer support is excellent. The team is always happy and willing to assist with any issues.

Jun 21, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Having our data on the cloud, the ability to link emails and documents to each client, and the reports capability.

Overall: The ability to access our files from anywhere. We no longer have to keep a server up to date or pay for backups of our server.

Vendor Response

by Abacus Data Systems on June 21, 2017

Thank you for your review! We look forward to serving you as your technology partner for years to come.

Centralized calendar in conjunction with matter and name organization speeds up our production time.

Jun 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Centralized calendar, name and matter organization, form updates for immigration and the ability make our own forms. we have been using for a little over a year and it has made our office more successful. The incorporated outlook email sync saves the email and time.

Vendor Response

by Abacus Data Systems on June 21, 2017

We are glad to hear that AbacusLaw helps to speed up your production time! As a valued AbacusLaw client, you have a team of dedicated Implementation Engineers available to provide you with further training and help you leverage AbacusLaw for maximum efficiency at https://www.abacusnext.com/abacuslaw-professional-services-scheduling-assistant Cheers!

Wasn't a smooth transition, still getting used to it, a year later, but it does exactly what it says

Jun 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Anything problems we have, customer support is right there willing and able to assist us. It's the best attribute regarding Abacus.

Cons: Abacus glitches quite a bit, in comparison to using a non-cloud based programs. It crashes and reboots itself. While we have never been displaced for an extended amount of time. With out workload a few minutes matters to us.

Support is nothing short of phenomenal! We switched from Amicus to Abacus and are very happy.

Jun 20, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Probably the most is the support. I put off my first support call for a long time--waited until I had a good chunk of time because I assumed I would be on hold forever. Not the case. The person that answered the phone (no hold time) was the person that solved my problem with ease. They explained what they were doing so that I could handle the next time if there was a next time and they haven't treated anyone in our office like they were dumb--even when they had no idea what they were doing. This has been the case each time we have called support. The transition, once all of our data was converted went smoothly and even our limited computer users had little problems from day one.

Cons: The least are probably things that I just don't understand how to do yet. We have only been using the software since January, so I try to spend a little time weekly learning a new aspect of the program. The one thing I wish it would do that amicus did, was in events, I could schedule events that would be added in once another even was completed. In abacus I can set dates out in advance, but they are not contingent on when something was completed. Hope that is something they are looking at for future upgrades. That is probably the only thing I miss from amicus.

Overall: We did the switch because of the buy-out of amicus but have been very happy with the change. We are doing everything through the cloud and it has been seemless.

Vendor Response

by Abacus Data Systems on June 21, 2017

Kayle, We are tremendously glad to hear that the transition has been a good one! To take a deeper dive into the features of AbacusLaw, we recommend joining our weekly half hour "Free Training Friday" webinars. You are also more than welcome to contact our support team at any time who will be more than happy to impart some tips so you can fully take advantage of our software. Watch past webinars and register for future ones here: https://www.abacusnext.com/webinars Best, AbacusNext

Once all of our information was migrated into both ALG and Abacus Accounting it has been great!

Jun 20, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Ability to review/print invoices that were generated. Easy time entry and check writing. Use of forms and information within the program. Training videos and customer service are awesome; has been extremely helpful anytime I had a problem!! Our rep is also very friendly and willing to help or get me to correct department.

Cons: Reversing payments is different. Lineage on check printing is difficult to manage. Having to change tax rate when it changes in each record instead of updating in one place.

Overall: We are able to use it within the cloud and access wherever we may need to.

Easy setup and user friendly.

Jun 20, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: As the owner of a small company, I'm always looking for ways to be more efficient with user friendly products. Abacus is a reliable product, provides good technical support and customer service.

Overall: An efficient client management system.

The transition from Amicus to Abacus was smooth with only minor difficulties

Jun 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: It's user friendly and pretty straightforward. Software makes it easy to track important dates, documents, and events for our files. Help make our jobs more efficient.

Cons: the software wasn't able to capture all of our financial history and time accurately so we had to bring over balance forwards. That was expected and explained to us so were prepared.

Overall: I enjoy the use of the calendar and tracking the documents and events for our files.

Vendor Response

by Abacus Data Systems on June 16, 2017

Thank you for your valued feedback!

Been with them for almost 10 years and each version gets better and better

Jun 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use, consistency in operation, great support. In nearly our entire use, different versions and our transition to the "cloud" last year, our up-time has been nearly 99%. I was worried about transitioning to APC (cloud), but the support and transition and setup was painless and well executed. Our employees barely noticed the difference, but for, the Remote Desktop link... Very well done!

Cons: There are a few very minor custom things, but overall, nothing worth mentioning. As I said, I have been a happy customer for about 10 years, seen the growing pains, and various upgraded and improvements, each being better than the previous. We've been quite pleased.

Overall: Most important... CONSOLIDATION! Abacus Law integrated the case management, "tickler" by rule, forms, contacts, matter, ACCOUNTING AND BILLING, all into a single easy to use and learn package. Changes in one area and iterated throughout the software. We almost never and disparate or duplicate data. Well Done!

Vendor Response

by Abacus Data Systems on June 16, 2017

We appreciate your enthusiasm and thank you for your feedback! It has been a pleasure to serve you over the past decade.

Abacus Law is great and I recommend it highly. The Accounting portion needs improvement.

Jun 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: It's a full case management program that encompasses everything we need it to do to run our office smoothly. It links all of our documents, schedules all of our appointments, keeps track of reminders, etc. etc. and it's easy to use. We have 27 users and when Abacus is down, we are lost.

Cons: The Accounting portion of Abacus has it's issues. With each new update, changes are made in an attempt to improve it, but there always seems to be some tweaking needed. The Abacus support team, however, has improved tremendously, and they are always ready and available to help make those tweaks.

We had issues importing data from Amicus into Abacus, but the customer support helped get it going

Jun 14, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: It's easy to use and fairly intuitive. The customer support is really excellent. The program is flexible and allows multiple ways to enter time.

Cons: Too many "clicks" to do some things. Cannot create some of the screens/reports we want without an extra charge. We cannot customize our file numbers to fit in with our current system.

Overall: It's easier to use and more flexible than Amicus

Frequent updates.

Jun 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The software is everything under one roof. A turn-key operation that allows you start putting everything you need one convenient place. The technical support that comes with Abacus Law is world class - you talk with a real person and not someone located in a foreign country with limited English speaking skills.

Cons: Oftentimes there is not enough space to enter large amounts of text; hence making it difficult to complete certain tasks.

Excellent Technical Support

Jun 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Because I am a power user, I am able to make it do everything I want . There is not any other PM software out there that is as customizable. However, that comes with a cost in usability (more on that below).

However, I have had excellent technical support. I had an issue that I could not solve on my own. I called CS and, although they were not able to resolve it in that session, I was impressed with the thoroughness of the work and the help offered. They went above and beyond to to try to ID the issue. After tinkering around more, I called back with more info and was connected to another tech who was able to resolve the issue. Both had excellent professionalism and telephone demeanor.

I was very impressed by these two experiences and with the quality of the technicians. This was much better service than I expected and there are only a few companies who have provided this quality of support.

Cons: There is a cost to customizability. That is that it can be quite difficult for a non-computer-guy to set up beyond basic calendaring and contact tracking. The workflow and database relationships are not particularly intuitive. Even simple things like creating a search query take more computer knowledge than most attorney will have. Setting up reports or calendar rules is extremely user-unfriendly. Without my computer background I could never have done it.

Because I'm a power user, I can adapt it to meet all of our needs. But out-of-the-box, it's a little too generic to be really useful for most attorneys, even with the "Special Editions." The attorney who referred me to Abacus uses it as nothing more than a calendar and client contacts ¿ and it's too expensive to use it that way.

Overall: Does just about everything I need to for law firm practice management, once I've tinkered with it enough.

Excellent with efficient and expedient task completion.

Jun 13, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The ease of which it is to use the software is the best part of the software, in my opinion. It allows me to do my job better, and with efficiency and detail.

It's been a great experience so far. Very easy to use

Jun 13, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Regarding the Abacus Law I like how everything can be linked to a case in one intake form. It makes it so much easier to enter a case and have it all done at intake. I love the to-do's or tasks you can assign yourself. I love working with the calendar. The whole process is very easy.

Cons: Sometimes the software runs slow and then shuts down. It's just really inconvenient sometimes. I was having trouble with my intake forms and that getting me stuck and then having the system shut down that that issue has since been resolved.

Overall: Ease at work!

Vendor Response

by Abacus Data Systems on June 13, 2017

Thank you for your valued feedback!

ABACUS LAW IS VERY USER FRIENDLY

Jun 12, 2017
3/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I've been using the software for over 10 years and it is very user friendly and very intuitive. The tech support is AWESOME!

Cons: I don't like the fact that you cannot do an automated backup of the system and every time a windows update occurs, sometimes the Abacus link gets disabled.

Negative experience would avoid this company

May 26, 2017
1/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The software itself is functional - not great but functional. I found it to be a bit behind the times but it works well enough.

Cons: The company continually requires more and more money. They sold me their software as a one-time-buy scenario however about a year or two after buying the software I received repeated calls from a salesman explaining that systems were crashing and I had to buy the update to avoid losing all my data. I was talked into buying the update even though I had no issues because I was told that my system could crash and lose data without warning. I later found out from techs at the company that there was no such major catastrophy. The company did, to its credit, provide me with a year worth of technical assistance which I never needed. I did just call with a request to switch my program to a new computer and the rep refused to help or let me speak to a manager. They sent me an e-mail with instructions but refused to walk me through it or assist me in the process of the transfer.

Worst Customer Service Ever. Overcharged me. Kept charging me after I cancelled service.

May 23, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Our needs were minimal and this software met most of those minimal needs.

Cons: Screens are not customizable. We asked repeatedly for the ability to make custom buttons so that we could execute tasks on each Client without going through their rigorous protocols. After several years and release updates, custom buttons never made it. It seems they don't want users to alter the product so that it best fits the users needs. They are very rigid. At the term of our contract they began billing me at 4 times our agreed rate with no notice. Not once did they disclose the amount they were going to charge and it cannot be found anywhere in their emails, website, etc. For that matter, they could have charged me $1 million a month. In any event, when I told then I did not want do business with such a dishonest company and cancel any service agreement with them, they kept charging my bank card. I finally had to cancel my bank card to stop the charges. Worse than AOL and Comcast.

Overall: It allowed us to move from a paper calendar to a electronic one. I cannot think of anything that is an upgrade from paper files except that.

Okay for legal software but many other options are better.

May 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Nice, clean organization, had a nice summary page that contains insurance info, treatment info, etc.

Cons: Communications were all heaped together, making it difficult to distinguish emails, phone calls, etc. And their customer service is HORRIBLE. They are quick to say "that's a great question," but can NEVER follow it up with an answer.

Do NOT BUY IT

May 10, 2017
1/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I am in the process of finding a different database. I pay almost money per month for technical support. I have been waiting for a week for an answer back from them currently. When they did the update it converted all the date of births to 2000 .... so if you were born in 1995 it shows your date of birth 2095. They tried to tell me a year ago that my contract had expired and wanted me to sign another 5 year contract. I was willing to sign a 3 year and they refused. They continued to charge my credit card for their support after that date. Turns out I did have another year with them and my contract was not expiring. They are HORRIBLE!!!

Pros: It's a database. It does what it is supposed to do... when it is working. However, it is impossible to get technical service.

Cons: Technical support is non-existent. I have tried multiple times to get an answer to a simple problem, and have been told everything from I don't have a contract with them to it's not their problem. Instead of attempting to help, they smart off and are rude and ridiculous in their responses. My IT people were working with abacus to install an update. It did not work and abacus did not respond to calls or emails for a full week. Then after refusing to get off the phone until someone spoke to me, the guy said they just needed to do a couple things and would I like him to do it then. Thirty minutes later it was working. We spent an entire week without it because they simply would not respond to us. They kept saying someone else had our account but that person was always on the phone with another customer, Managers did not return my phone call either.

Disappointing

Apr 01, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
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Pros: Repeating events feature.

Cons: Too many to state all. The worst are lack of knowledgeable technicians and when the issue is referred to upper techs calls are at odd hours and you call back to a voicemail. There are glitches with the time stamp, printing reports, adding on going notes etc.

Overall: Forced upgrade after ten years with Amicus Small Firm and Now have glitches tech support can't resolve. Am considering legal action for breach of contract. So dissatisfied. Loved my Amicus Small Firm but the upgrade has compromised our work. Worse part is the boilerplate response to unsolved problems.

Recommendations to other buyers: The monthly fee is too much considering the many unresolved glitches and lack of knowledge of the first level techs you encounter.

Vendor Response

by Abacus Data Systems on April 04, 2017

Hi Yolanda, Providing our clients with best-in-class software and support is vitally important for us, and we're thankful you took the time to write this review. Our team will be reaching out to you shortly to better understand and address the issues you are facing.

Running practice on AbacusLaw for a year now - no complaints

Feb 24, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use with lots of features, integrated into Microsoft Outlook

Overall: We've been using AbacusLaw since January 2016 and things are going smoothly. I primarily use the system for client management, notes and calendaring.

Abacus made even better by excellent customer service

Feb 23, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: It can do everything we need from case management to accounting

Cons: it has glitches and quirks that are sometimes difficult to work around

Overall: I wanted to touch base with you to let you know that your employee, Our point of contact at Abacus, has been wonderful during our upgrade and subsequent cutover to the Abacus Private Cloud. Support staff is always promptly responsive and willing to go above and beyond to get the job done. I would like to thank you for allowing him to work with us in this massive undertaking, his assistance has made the process far easier and facilitated a relatively smooth transition. Thank you.

Finally got organized with the help of Abacus

Feb 23, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I like that I can access AbacusLaw on anything, MacBook, phone, and see my files and use AbacusLaw like I'm at work. The program itself has some automation I have really needed, rules and form fills. Reporting in a dashboard.

Cons: It's pretty comprehensive and I wish I had more time to learn about it. I just use what I use today.

Overall: Our firm is small (10 staff). We aren't tech savvy, use mostly MACs with a few PCs. We've been "functioning" without a real system for collaboration- a mix of online web services (Clio), software (Microsoft Office) ad hoc of course, your typical office. We all agreed a few months back that we HAD to change, pick one system that worked for everyone. At a bar event I learned Abacus. Their demos convinced us, we moved everything into their private cloud with AbacusLaw. AbacusLaw is desktop software, like an application you would run on your own desktop, but, they 'put' it into a cloud that you can log into from any computer or mobile device, even a phone, and use Windows. It's hard to believe it works as seamless as it does. There was a learning curve using their software, at least for me, and we had a remote trainer teach us all the basics and how to input everything into matters. The calendaring is wonderful. I feel like even after training we only use 10% of what the software has, so I am looking forward to learning more. Overall it wasn't painless moving, nor is this a cheap setup, but, I'm glad we did, I feel like we really improved how the practice runs, and would do it again. Hope this helps you.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure to get a demo, and also let them know that you will be importing from another software app. Our team used a few different products before, Clio and some others, it all imported fine .

Abacuslaw - The Answer for any Law Firm

Feb 01, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: Abacuslaw is a complete case management software package that makes keeping track of clients, conflicts, calendars any anything associated with a law practice under one roof. The technical support staff is always available and ready to assist with issues related to the software or to guide you through using the package. If you want a complete package to streamline your practice and make your billing time more productive, this is your answer.

Pros: Everything is under one roof. Technical support staff is superior

Cons: Have not found one yet. I have been using this software for 17 years

Recommendations to other buyers: Call them, try them, you will love them

Great Program for the 1970s law firm - Garbage if you are practicing law in present era!

Jan 17, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Nothing. It is complete garbage. It is outdated and shouldn't be on the market.

Cons: Poor design, simple tasks are overly complicated, they force an over-priced subscription model, doesn't integrate with other programs, does not integrate directly with phone calendars, created duplicate entries for contacts, cannot migrate data.

Overall: Forced subscription model on an outdated program. The program had difficulty with a 4-person law firm. There were numerous issues with duplicate contacts, duplicate emails, multiple scheduling issues, and failed to easily integrate with other applications such as Outlook 2016. We also were forced onto a subscription model, costing approximately $300/month. We received zero updates during that time, despite numerous complaints to the sales team. We purchased a high-end server ($4,000) to run Abacus, thinking the hardware was the cause of the latency issues. This solved nothing.

At the end of our contract, our salesperson told us that the software would continue to function, but support would be terminated. This was a lie. The software was restricted to read-only mode and we were locked out of our data. We were then given the option of paying a $275 reinstatement fee, plus increased monthly fees to get the software up and running on our own server again. This was the last straw and we migrated to a much better solution.

Abacus is an outdated system that requires significant upkeep. The hardware requirements are not included in their pricing model. Their hosted solution was also garbage, as it failed to integrate with the local programs. Their software is incredible slow and simple tasks (such as printing an invoice) takes 5-10 minutes to accomplish.

I would stay away from this product at all costs. One final warning, because their system is so outdated, once you start entering data, it cannot be exported to be migrated to a new system. Their poor design forces you to remain on their system or feel the pain of a weeks long migration system. Again, stay away from this outdated system at all costs.

Recommendations to other buyers: Do not purchase this software. Their database cannot be migrated. The system will crash and you will lose data. There are numerous other solutions that are available at much cheaper costs.

Vendor Response

by Abacus Data Systems on January 24, 2017

Capterra is a distinguished platform for users to share reviews of software products, and we respect the forum as a place for serious technical reviews made without self-interest or aggrandizement. The tone and tenor of your review indicates that you are very unhappy with our product, and while we would love to have you stay with us, we want you to make the best decision for your firm. We would be happy to help remedy your situation. At your earliest convenience, please contact us at 858-882-1794F. Cheers, Abacus

Good Product

Jan 05, 2017
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I've been using AbacusLaw for 6 years now and I am generally satisfied with the product. It is not the most user-friendly but it is very customizable, which is the reason I went with it. It is capable of really automating your practice if you take the time to learn to use it and setup the forms.

Proven. Simple to use.

Dec 27, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Comments: I first used abacus while at a former firm, and at the time it was basically a calendaring system. It evolved, and I began using it after opening my own office. I have watched it evolve, and there have been significant developments, year after year. It's simple to use and reliable.

Pros: Simple to use. Solid investment. Excellent customer service.

Cons: No in person training offered at site in San Diego.

Recommendations to other buyers: Well worth the investment.

Don't buy it

Dec 14, 2016
1/5
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1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
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Comments: After doing my research, I decided to get Abacus 2 years ago (not the cloud based). It has not worked out as I thought it would. I got it because you can do billing and have the client information/case management in one software; technically, it is 2 separate software that talks to one another. The accounting part of the software crashes a lot, too. You may be working and have the time running and then it just decides that it doesn't want to run anymore and needs to restart. OK. Great. To do billing, it takes me a long time. You have to push about 15 buttons before you can get the bill. There have been multiple accounting issues that I have to deal with. It has miscalculated some amounts and I caught it because I pay close attention to my client's trust funds and what they owe the firm. The learning curve is HUGEEEE. It is a pain to learn and 1980s platform. Come On!!! There are so many quirks about it that the developer doesn't think at all about the end user. Customer service has been good overall. They don't always call me back when I have an issue or they call me when I can't talk to them. They are supposed to call back, and they never do. One time a customer service was essentially laughing at me, which is was nice. =( Soon, I am going to stop using and try to go get another one, which I am not looking forward to but can't bother with abacus anymore

Pros: Nothing. I wish I never bought it.

Cons: Everything.

Recommendations to other buyers: Don't buy it.

Very disappointing experience with Abacus

Dec 08, 2016
1/5
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1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: At this point, nothing.

Cons: APC is a problematical environment to have to work in all day. Abacus Law and especially Abacus Accounting are primitive, highly inefficient.

Overall: Abacus Law in the Abacus Private Cloud is the 4th practice management software that I have used over the past 20 years. Far and away is the worst experience that I have had with practice management software. Many everyday functions take multiple steps where they need only take one. Some features, especially search features, just don't work. In two years I have seen no meaningful improvements in the software. Abacus makes its real money selling you their cloud services and once you commit to putting your data on their Cloud, it gets very hard to move away. I considered transitioning to Amicus Attorney because Abacus has recently merged with Amicus and I was assured for months that a migration was doable, only to learn months later that Abacus will not provide migration to Amicus. The two camps definitely have not gotten on the same page.

Recommendations to other buyers: Don't get into a contract with Abacus.

Vendor Response

by Abacus Data Systems on January 17, 2017

Capterra is a distinguished platform for users to share reviews of software products, and we respect the forum as a place for serious technical reviews made without self-interest or aggrandizement. The tone and tenor of your review indicates that you are very unhappy with our product, and while we would love to have you stay with us, we want you to make the best decision for your firm. We would be happy to help remedy your situation. At your earliest convenience, please contact us at 858-882-1794. Cheers, Abacus

DO NOT FALL FOR THIER EXCELLENT SALES PITCH

Nov 29, 2016
1/5
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1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: This was probably the worst decision I have made in my 38 year career. Our firm is still not operational and we've been working with them for six months. The main issue is that Abacus will not connect from San Diego to Colorado: the internet based program shuts down suddenly and your work is missing if you have not saved it on your server (outside of the Abacus program). This is a problem if you are on a deadline. When we brought that to Abacus attention, they blamed a third party connection. We had our IT guy call the third party but because we are not customers of the third party, they would not talk to us. So basically we are paying for a program that does not work AND Abacus wont fix it or even contact the third party with whom they contract for the connection. Furthermore, the migration of my billing program to Abacus billing was a nightmare as Abacus loaded the trust account into the operating account as a credit, i.e. zero in trust. Once they sorted that out, the billing program would not accept payments from clients. My bookkeeper was on the phone with Abacus techs for countless hours trying to work that out to no avail. Finally I sent them a certified letter terminating the contract for cause and guess what? Action! now I had ten technicians working on the multiple issues trying to get it all resolved. But that took time and my attorneys were required to spend literally hours on the phone with these guys. Billable hours lost, meant they did not get their bonuses this month, as well as the firm lost revenue. To make matters worse, the response from Abacus was that it was our fault because our attorneys were non responsive: a complete lie, unless you want to complain that sometimes our attorneys are in court handling actual client matters and cannot be on the phone with them while they are doing actual attorney work. Emails are still floating in cyberspace, not received. Printers don't work. etc etc. My choice is to litigate in another state -- completely untenable. Don't be stupid. Upgrade your server and stick with your current billing program.

Pros: Great sales pitch. If the program worked, it is a lawyers dream. It doesn't.

Cons: The program does not connect and shuts down. Then you cannot do anything. It does not operate.

Recommendations to other buyers: Save your money: put it into a server upgrade and keep your existing billing software.

Migration from Credenza to Abacus a bust!

Nov 22, 2016
1/5
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1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I am unable to use it effectively because my data from Credenza has yet to be transferred.

Cons: Support is unsupportive.

Overall: Sometime in August 2016 I received an "end of life" notice for the credenza practice management program. This program supported by the makers of Abacus would end and of course you are prompted to buy Abacus Law and Abacus would migrate your data to the new platform. Well, I jumped on board in October 2016 and its been a nightmare ever since. My years of time keeping, billing and notes did not move completely over to the new program and Abacus has yet to resolve the problem. Moreover and equally frustrating, Credenza is disabled not just because the Abacus technician disabled it but also because the what notes I can discern on my computer indicate that the "add-in" will crash my system. I have been without a working practice management system for almost a month and Abacus can't seem to take the time to make my small law practice whole. Billing is behind and that is not a good place to be in for any business let alone a small one. I remain hopeful that my data is somewhere in my computer system. At this point, I am less than hopeful that this company cares enough to help me. Unbelievable!!

Recommendations to other buyers: I would not recommend it.

They are pricing me out

Nov 15, 2016
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Performs essential function and is modifiable.

Cons: Has become too expensive.

Overall: I began using Abacus over 20 years ago. As the years wore on and the company got bigger they began increasing their price going from a purchase product to a license product and now they seek to require a monthly payment per user. The cost is becoming prohibitive for a smaller firm such as mine (5 lawyer firm). I will be looking for an alternative.

Recommendations to other buyers: No

Abacuslaw is very user friendly

Nov 04, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: It is great! Easy to use. It is not cheap, but you get a lot of services for the money.

Pros: User friendly.

Cons: The price.

Recommendations to other buyers: Use it.

Terrific All-Inclusive Bundle of Practice Management Software, Tools, and Cloud-Based Storage

Oct 04, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: The great thing about Abacus is that it completely takes the maintenance aspect out of maintaining all the software required to run a law practice. Abacus Cloud allows you to install all of the practice management software (we use Abacus Gold) in its cloud, along with MS Office, Adobe, and any other software that you would normally use. The cloud environment functions as a virtual private server, which is entirely maintained by Abacus, allowing both seamless storage and integration of all firm software and resources.

terrible customer service

Aug 31, 2016
1/5
Overall
1.5 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software has potential but the staff at Abacus would have to be willing.

Cons: They have the worst customer service of any organization

Recommendations to other buyers: Find another software, any other would be better. You are not "allowed" to speak to a supervisor or tier two tech.

Not bad, but I'm on the lookout for something better

Aug 03, 2016
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
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Pros: Fairly user friendly and customizable.

Cons: Recent updates have changed features for the worse. The company is pushing their cloud based software now that they just got venture capital funding and they seem to be slowing breaking down their desktop version.

Overall: I've used Abacus for over a decade. I've gotten pretty comfortable with the Law software and think it does a pretty good job, though it has many error messages and weird windows that open that you have to click through. It overall works okay. Accounting, however, really sucks. Accounting allows for certain functions (like batch invoicing) that just don't work very well. The customer support is local but they can have a bit of an attitude or will sometimes tell me that the software isn't perfect and I shouldn't expect too much.

AbacusLaw is the heart of my practice.

Jul 26, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Their support is absolutely the best. In the very unusual event that I need support, they always remember me, are friendly and super knowledgeable. Usually I am asking for a workaround to make their program do something it isn't designed to do. They could just impress me off, but they really try to make it work the way I need it, and they usually find a way. Having client info at my fingertips makes me look very efficient and very competent.

Overall: I have been an AbacusLaw customer since 1998. I believe I was the first accountant to try and adapt your matters based program to a client based usage. We spent many hours adapting your improvements every year to insure that I could continue to manage my accounting practice through your program. It was a challenge, but the results are well worth it. I have a data file that has a record of every appointment, every phone call, what IRS agent is assigned to what case, etc., since 1998, for over 5500 tax clients.I have a record of every bill sent to our business clients since we started using Abacus Accounting to manage our receivables. I believe so strongly in this program that, when I joined H&R Block 3 years ago, I demanded a clause allowing me to put this program on their computers. After investigating your program, their tech team recommended that the clause is allowed in my contract, a very rare concession by H&R Block. They have since designed a program for appointments, which is free, and which I am required to use. So we make our appointments in AbacusLaw first then input them into the AM. It takes a little more time but it is worth it. When a client says they have not heard from us, I print out the Abacus record of contact, showing the date and time calls were made and what messages were left. It immediately tames the angry beast and I usually get an apology. This program is the heart of my business. I would be lost without it.

Recommendations to other buyers: You need this program if you want complete client history, accurate records, conflict testing and the ability to link different people, businesses and events with each other in one place.

Very pleased with this product.

Jul 22, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4.5 / 5
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Pros: Abacus offers a comprehensive system including case management, financial accounting and cloud storage. I think you can choose either one of the components or all of them. I prefer having case management and financial accounting all in the same program and a cloud environment is a must for me. So I have all three with Abacus.

Cons: The component that is missing at this time is a client private portal. Would be great to post client records there as opposed to having to mail everything to them. The cloud based component also intermittently goes offline depending upon the quality of one's internet connection. And, the cloud interface with Outlook and Word has a few minor glitches wherein Outlook does not always respond quickly when adding attachments to e-mails. The quick fix is to end the task one is working on through task master and start over. Lastly, the forms base is relatively small. That is probably due to my inexperience with macro forms development. In any case, I have not yet used their forms much.

Recommendations to other buyers: Take a look at other practice management programs and compare before purchasing. The American Bar Association has a helpful software comparison chart on its website