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Clio is a cloud-based legal practice management solution suitable for small to large law firms. The platform enables legal firms to track important deadlines, manage cases and documents and bill and collect from clients. The time... Read more
Recent recommendations: 86 recommendations
PracticePanther Legal Software is a legal management solution for small to midsize practices specializing in areas including bankruptcy law, personal injury, divorce, estate planning, litigation, criminal law and many more. The system... Read more
Recent recommendations: 74 recommendations
MyCase is a cloud-based legal management solution that helps attorneys in small size law firms to manage communications with their clients and carry out daily business operations. The solution also provides functionalities for accounting... Read more
Recent recommendations: 54 recommendations
Tabs3 Software offers practice management, case management and financials for small to midsize firms in any practice area. Tabs3 enables legal professionals to manage their schedule and matters as well as track their time and bill... Read more
Recent recommendations: 51 recommendations
Zola Suite is a cloud-based legal practice management solution for single users as well as small and midsize law firms. Key features include task management, built-in email, document management, client portals, a calendar, contact... Read more
Recent recommendations: 29 recommendations
Filevine is a cloud-based case management solution for small and midsize legal firms and legal professionals. It helps in managing case documents, communication and project management. Key features include bill and expense tracking,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 26 recommendations
For over 35 years Needles has successfully supported the legal industry with case management software solutions. With 30,000+ users and over 2,000 law firms, this application includes 20+ case type libraries and provides reporting... Read more
Recent recommendations: 19 recommendations
CloudLex a cloud-based legal management solution built exclusively for plaintiff personal injury law firms of all sizes. CloudLex’s Matter Manager enables users to collaborate through matter-specific communication tools and organize... Read more
Recent recommendations: 12 recommendations
ProTempus is an on-premise practice management solution designed for small law firms. Key features include timekeeping/billing, contact management, document management, case management, AR, AP, GL and trust accounting. Two clicks make... Read more
Recent recommendations: 9 recommendations
CASEpeer is a cloud-based case management platform suitable for law firms of all sizes. It offers intake, case and task management tools, document management, negotiation and litigation tracking, reporting, search tools, case timelines... Read more
Recent recommendations: 8 recommendations
Smokeball is a complete cloud-based legal productivity software to automatically record time for you, allowing you to increase your firm’s profitability and productivity by over 30%. Whether you bill hourly, fixed fee, or on contingency,... Read more
Recent recommendations: 6 recommendations
Abacus Law is both cloud-based and on-premise case automation solution designed explicitly for legal practices. The system works as a practice management tool that helps in managing workflows including billing, time and accounting... Read more
Recent recommendations: 5 recommendations
Conceptualized by a partner at a personal injury law firm, SmartAdvocate is a legal management platform that offers flexible deployment options and a modular suite of applications. In addition to case management, attorneys and their... Read more
Recent recommendations: 4 recommendations
GrowPath is a cloud-based case management and client intake solution designed for attorneys and paralegals in midsize and large legal firms. Features include document management, matter trackers, market measurement tools and more. GrowPath... Read more
Recent recommendations: 3 recommendations
LegalEdge is a cloud-based case and matter management solution for government, city and county attorneys, agencies and school districts as well as prosecutors and public defenders. Case screens include claims, contracts, litigation... Read more
Recent recommendations: 3 recommendations
Law Ruler is redefining what legal practice management and intake software should be for personal injury and mass tort law firms. It is built specifically for lawyers to acquire more cases and manage them better. With Law Ruler, you... Read more
Recent recommendations: 1 recommendations
Legal Files is an on-premise legal case and matter management solution for corporations, government agencies, universities and insurance agencies. The solution enables legal professionals and others to manage vital information, including... Read more
Essential by Anaqua is a cloud-based legal management solution that helps law firms of all sizes to manage their patents, inventions. Key features include case management, document management, calendaring, docketing, time tracking,... Read more
Mitratech is a legal management system suitable for midsize to large corporate law firms. Key features include case management, contact management, document management, calendaring and docketing, time tracking, billing and invoicing... Read more
CosmoLex is a cloud-based legal management solution that offers features including time tracking, billing, trust accounting, task and document management. The solution connects all modules so that users do not have to enter information... Read more
A significant percentage of legal malpractice claims stem from calendar and docket issues, according to data gathered by the American Bar Association (ABA). Together, the following make up roughly 25 percent of malpractice claims:
These claims are hard to dispute: You either made a deadline or you didn't. Any firm—but small firms especially—can't afford to put themselves at risk for a malpractice suit from something so easily preventable.
Before you brush off that statement, consider that in 2015, over 440 legal malpractice claims resulted in claimants receiving over $1 million dollars in payment, according to a profile of the ABA's study of Legal Malpractice Claims from 2012 to 2015.
To combat this risk, many firms use calendaring and docketing software to provide early warnings and reminders of due dates for filings, court dates and case-related tasks and to create an audit trail for compliance and regulation review.
We've created this guide to outline what you can expect to find in calendaring and docketing software and help you understand how it fits within the larger legal software marketplace.
Here's what we'll cover:
Calendaring and docketing software helps lawyers manage their files, tasks, deadlines and appointments surrounding cases and trials.
In an industry where missing deadlines has serious legal consequences, having a transparent, collaborative and redundant (i.e., a backed up or duplicated) system in place to manage calendaring and docketing is an important part of a firm's risk management strategy.
These tools automate what historically had been a very manual and tedious process surrounding case file maintenance and management.
Prior to automated calendaring and docketing software, a typical process looked something like this:
The dated index card is called a “tickler." Sometimes a due date on a tickler was used simply to remind the attorney to review a case and check on it's status (rather than complete a specific action item). On a recurring basis (typically once a month), office staff was responsible for reviewing the tickler box to ensure cards weren't misfiled or hadn't been overlooked.
This was how firms handled files. There was a separate, but related, process for managing schedules for appointments, court appearances and client meetings.
Now, docketing software helps firms create an automated process to manage all tasks, files and deadlines associated with cases and ensure reminders are set and schedules are accurate.
Typically, one person (or more, depending on the size of your firm) is responsible for inputting dates into the system for each case and assuring compliance with court rules and deadlines.
A separate person is responsible for managing calendars, both the individual calendars of the attorneys and shared calendars among the firm. This person reviews mail, email, faxes etc. for dates and deadlines and adds them to the appropriate schedule.
Then, the system acts to provide checks and reminders of impending due dates and case-related tasks. This not only makes the attorney and office staff more organized (and audit ready), but it promotes a better attorney-client relationship as there are less mistakes and missed deadlines.
Because the cards in the