HoudiniEsq Software


 

HoudiniEsq is a law practice management soluiton for law practices of all sizes. This software can be installed both on-premise and in the cloud.

HoudiniEsq features case budgets, time tracking, case and matter management, full text indexed document management and email management. It also offers client and staff management, workflow automation, calendaring and alerts.

The software is fully customizable and can classify legal specialities, such as bankruptcy, corporate, criminal, estate planning, government, litigation and personal injury.

HoudiniEsq can be integrated with Word, Outlook, Excel, WordPerfect, Acrobat, QuickBooks, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, SoftFile, CalendarRules, BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools), Google and Gmail.

HoudiniEsq provides free support, instructor-led (remote) training and others. It also provides optional professional services, such as data migration, custom reports, custom interfaces, integration and custom codes.

 

HoudiniEsq - Matter dashboard
 
  • HoudiniEsq - Matter dashboard
    Matter dashboard
  • HoudiniEsq - Calendar
    Calendar
  • HoudiniEsq - Commercial claim statement
    Commercial claim statement
  • HoudiniEsq - Document management
    Document management
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, Unix, IBM OS/400, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10

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Lauren from LawyerLisa, LLC
Specialty: Estate Planning
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

July 2017

July 2017

Adequate but not amazing

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It just isn't as "clean" as some other programs that I've used. Again, it serves it's purpose but it's nothing to write home about.

Pros

Inexpensive cloud option. Minimal technical skill required. Good integration with Outlook, though the plugins often had issues.

Cons

Difficult user interface, it seems disorganized and not very intuitive. It's difficult to switch from one area of a file to another area (ie documents to billing and back to contacts). The web URL is complicated so if you don't have it bookmarked you're screwed.

 
 
 
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Kristen from Fewel, Brewer & Coulombe
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

April 2017

April 2017

HoudiniEsq: Best Solution for Our Firm

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HoudiniEsq is easy to learn and use, and because it costs so much less than what we were using before, every user in our organization can have a seat, rather than just 3 of us as we had before. It syncs with Outlook and QuickBooks, and customer support is always free!

Pros

The fact that everyone in our firm can use it and enter their own time and calendars.

Cons

There are occasional problems with the way it integrates with Outlook and Quickbooks.

Source: Capterra
 

Michael from The Law Offices of Chen & Tran

March 2017

March 2017

A Solid Client Management Program

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HoudiniESQ provides a solid client management program for a great price. There are tons of features for every type of legal practice, and you can track all your work on it for individual clients. Some features take some time to learn, but it is overall a solid program.

Source: Capterra
 

Farrah from Ms.

March 2017

March 2017

Great Program!

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It's easy to use and does so many things!! I can't believ it took us so long to start using this program!

Source: Capterra
 

Kelly from Schock Solaiman Ramdayal, PLLC
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2017

March 2017

Houdini 2.0 is a vast improvement over prior versions

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We unexpectedly updated to Houdini 2.0 so the difference was quite a shock, but we have found it to be much more user friendly than previous versions. The response time is also much faster when adding notes, contacts, events, and matters. We are only on day 3 here with version 2.0 but the ease of use is biggest improvement we could have asked Houdini for. Also, the customer service has been absolutely amazing. Since we had no warning of the upgrade from our system administrator, we were caught on our heels on a busy Monday morning; however, every time we called for help, which we did multiple times over the course of the day, we were given outstanding service and attention. I wish I could rate the customer support higher than 5 stars.

Pros

I'm not sure yet. So far, the speed is by far the best improvement. Version 1.9 would stall or take a long time to access contacts, events, and matters. So far, we have not experienced these delays with version 2.0.

Cons

It's difficult to multitask. If I am trying to schedule an event on the calendar and another phone call comes in, I cannot open anything else in Houdini without first finishing the event I was working on. In previous versions, we could leave the window open, take care of the incoming phone call, and then finish the event on the calendar. We also miss being able to access the contact record on the event to find the client's phone number from the calendar. This was especially important for confirming the appointments for the next day.

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The appearance of the calendar is off putting because it starts with Monday on the left hand side and ends with Sunday on the right hand side. All other standard calendars begin with Sunday on the left and end with Saturday on the right.

Source: Capterra
 

Stephanie from SSR Law Offices

March 2017

March 2017

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Update is quick but missing some features and options that would make my life easier. I need to multi-task to do my job and I am not able to multi-task as well with the update. I also don't like how I cannot search my contacts.

Source: Capterra
 

Michelle from S. Scott Allums, P.C.
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Great software!

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Our law firm has been using HoudiniESQ for years. We love it! It is so easy to use and so helpful. Thank you for a great software!!!!

Pros

I like how easy to use this software is compared to other software companies.

Cons

Nothing

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I would recommend this software

Source: Capterra
 

Dustin from Owens & Ross

February 2017

February 2017

Mediocre Software that the Developers Like to Break and Blame on the User

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Generally speaking, the software offers everything you want in a practice management software. It does trust accounting, billing, general practice management, calendaring, e-mailing, and task management. However, every single one of these features is clunky and slow. The database constantly breaks and you lose information by clearing your cache and refreshing your page. The database will, occasionally delete or lose entries on its own but when you call tech support they blame you for it. Randomly, during updates, the developers decide that you should have been doing something (billing, trust accounting, etc.) their way and change the software to force you to do it that way in the future. Often, this breaks all of the entries that you put into the system in the past. For example, if a client had a carry over credit balance from a small overpayment; houdiniesq now doesn't use that in calculating the client's current balance. Many of the search features simply don't work correctly, particularly when trying to search for an invoice. You used to be able to print invoices when you generated them. Now, you have to go search for the invoices, after it is generated and on a search platform that doesn't operate properly, and then print them adding an entirely wasteful extra step to billing. Really, this software is a complete headache. The developers don't own up to these problems or offer solutions. They often don't answer the support phone line and seem to work limited hours. The price is on the lower end, although better companies are now competitive price-wise. The only reason I still have this software is because I don't have the time to move all of my data over to new software.

Source: Capterra
 

Joanne from LawyerLisa, LLC
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

Great Software

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HoudiniEsq is a great for case management, document management and billing! Technical support is extremely helpful and greatly assists with making the software tailored for our firm.

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Ease of use - very user friendly.

Source: Capterra
 

James from Doan Law Group
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

January 2017

January 2017

7 Years Since Dumping Time Matters for HoudiniEsq

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It's been seven years since we made the switch from Time Matters to HoudiniEsq, and we're not looking back. HoudiniEsq has provided us with an easy to use system to manage our law practice. I recommend HoudiniEsq to my colleagues regardless of the size of your firm or practice area. I don't have time to try to figure out complex systems that require vendor technicians to get me going. I needed something that was user-friendly and intuitive, and found both in HoudiniEsq. Thanks the support staff at HoudiniESQ for making our lives a little easier. In today's fast-paced legal enviroment where time management and billing are so critical, it's a relief to know that HoudiniESQ is on the ball with cutting technology to make my life simpler.

Pros

The support staff is a stallion.

Cons

Some reporting features can be improved.

Source: Capterra
 

Paras from The Desai Law Firm LLC

January 2017

January 2017

Great Software...Great Learning Curve

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The Software is the best value on the market and is very intuitive and full featured. There is a steep learning curve, however after some time using the software you will find out how amazing this software can be: Whether Organizing your case Documents; Document automation, or Automated Tasks, this software is very robust. Additionally, the software does some things that other software do not do at all, such as the automatic billing for email function that is built into the Outlook add-in. I am very happy with this investment. One suggestion, though, they need to add a quick bill tab to every screen to capture billable time.

Pros

It is Robust and Full featured

Cons

Since upgrading to version 2.0 there is not a quick bill button to add billable time immediately. There is a workaround which requires using the timer, but that just adds two more steps for recording my billable time.

Advice to Others

Keep on doing good work and add a quick tab to each screen to capture billable time events.

Source: Capterra
 

Chi from Jeffrey Mak Law Firm

January 2017

January 2017

It is not bad

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My experience is not bad at all. But the system lags from time to time. I look forward to seeing further improvements.

Source: Capterra
 

Wai Kit from Jeffrey Mak Law Firm

January 2017

January 2017

User-friendly software which makes things more organized and efficient

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I have been used this software for several months and I am satisfied with its functions. I recommend small-to-medium enterprises to definitely use this software.

Source: Capterra
 

Mallory from Ted Smith Law Group, PLLC
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Great program

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We use Houdini at our law firm. It is easy to use and helps make our firm run smoothly. I am a paralegal here at the firm and for me, Houdini is wonderful because it helps me keep the attorneys on track. There are minor things that could be changed or updated with the new 2.0 system, but overall this program is excellent and we enjoy it here at the office. :)

Source: Capterra
 

Raymond from American Lawyers Group

December 2016

December 2016

Excellent Interface

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It just amazing to use. easy to Navigate, It have Very good User Interface. The navigation is Too user-friendly.

Source: Capterra
 

Hanlen from Law Offices of Hanlen J. Chang
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Best Secret Weapon for Attorneys

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The product is good and becoming great. Keep up the hard work.

The customer service is excellent and it is obvious that all employees and member care deeply about their service and product.

The billing functions are outstanding and offer all the functionality and customization one could hope for.


Pros

Full blown sophistication required for lawyers

Speed much faster than 1.9 version.

Cons

At the beginning, there were some kinks but at this point mostly addressed as far as I can tell.

Advice to Others

None at this time

Source: Capterra
 

Matias from University of Helsinki
Number of employees: 5,001-10,000 employees Employees number: 5,001-10,000 employees

December 2016

December 2016

Functionality in progress

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Main features work well. However there are some important issues that need to be corrected.

1) In "Matters" we cannot get a list of cases in their order of arrival date (yes it does give you date order for the cases that have been last modified but this really isn't useful), What is needed is listing by arrival dates. One can make arrival date column in "Key Dates" but you can't list using it which sucks. Also you cannot get a lit of other "Key Dates" in Matters. If you can then please add these functions to "Matters" section as an option. These would be very useful features.

2) Sometimes it looses some of my cases especially if someone else has made the case and then appointed it to me.

3) the search field is usually not working. Sometimes it finds the words written to it but mainly it just runs for a while with no results.

4) We should be able to customize the names of some headings like district and county as we use these for different purposes

5) Some of the sections like "Project" never work

6) Something good: it lists activities etc. very nicely and that function is working well

Source: Capterra
 

Mark from Law Offices of Mark D. Rosenberg

January 2016

January 2016

Fantastic Product and Great Customer Service

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I am a solo attorney who just began using Houdini. I have experience with Abacus and other case management software. I have found that Houdini is quite intuitive, flexible and practical for my law firm.

On top of that, the customer service far surpasses all the other support for the programs I have used in the past. Kevin answered all of my questions and was able to walk me through issues that I assumed would be incredibly difficult. He was great! I highly recommend setting up a conference call for an initial training before you get too far along with setting up your practice so that you can take full advantage of the program.

Source: Capterra
 

Alexander from Law Office of Alexander Socia, PA

April 2015

April 2015

Awesome Product and Customer Service

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I have tried Time Matters, Clio, Rocket Matters and Pro Docs. I switched to HoudiniESQ and have not looked back.

I have been using HoudiniESQ for about six years now. In that time, I have experienced unparalleled customer service and product support. Its simply amazing.

HoudiniESQ cares about their customers and product and it shows. They have a great software program because they listen to their customers needs and respond to them. And lawyers nonetheless. Who wants to listen to a bunch of lawyers complain?

Technology, like law, is an ever evolving business. HoudiniESQ lives in both worlds and they know what they are doing.

If you are a lawyer reading this and thinking about making the switch to HoudidESQ, do it. You will end up asking yourself why you didn't do it sooner.

I'd give ten stars if that option was available on this site.

Source: Capterra
 

Madaline from Oliver & Kutchin United Arab Emirates

February 2015

February 2015

Outstanding Support

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Our offices are separated by oceans not miles so a web based product made sense. Our team had their doubts at first as did I when we started our search for a complete legal case management system. We conducted many product reviews over the course of a year, requiring each company to demo their product using a supplied script of task and functions to perform during the demos. HoudiniEsq really stood out then and is a vital part of our organization today. For us the ability to customize the product really set this product apart from the pack. It has ben 7 months now and our staff couldn't be more pleased.

Source: Capterra
 

Vivian from Laos Legal SFDL Mekong Group

February 2015

February 2015

This very good

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This product is very good. It saves us a lot of time searching for our hard drives for files and emails. The support has been really good. We only wish our english was better. I give this product 5 stars because it is really good.

Vivian Deng

Source: Capterra
 
 
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