Firm Central Software


 

Firm Central is a cloud-based legal management solution by Thomson Reuters. It features matter management, time and billing, scheduling and document assembly. Three different packages are available: Core, Essential and Premier.

All Firm Central packages offer client, matter, document and task management. Users have access to centralized case files and client databases. The matter management module helps users organize contact information, tasks, notes, documents, communications with clients and calendar events.

Firm Central’s Essential package includes all that, plus Thomson Reuters’ Time & Billing application. Users can log billable hours in the system and apply fees to specific matters. Premier also includes a scheduling application, Deadline Assistant, which uses Westlaw legal calendaring rules (or users’ own templates) to sync firms’ calendars.

Firm Central integrates with Thomson Reuters’ Custom Forms and Westlaw Doc & Form Builder. Users can saves forms and documents, customize them and automate their assembly.

Firm Central is integrable with all Westlaw tools firms use daily. It is priced per user per month.

 

Firm Central - Home screen
 
  • Firm Central - Home screen
    Home screen
  • Firm Central - Matter page
    Matter page
  • Firm Central - Pre-bills
    Pre-bills
  • Firm Central - Time entry
    Time entry
  • Firm Central - Account balances
    Account balances
Supported Operating System(s):
Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic)

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Bruce from Danielson Law Office
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

August 2017

August 2017

In my experience a large number of "bugs" in the program. Don't do it. I regret trying this system

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Learning, yet again, not to buy the hype.

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It loads? Home screen has multiple options.

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Poor documentation of retainer application. Active matters "disappear." Scared to enter more time.

Source: Capterra
 

Frank from Frank Rocco & Associates
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

July 2017

July 2017

Excellent sales support and amazing tech training.

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Simply being better organized.

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Its intuitiveness, flexibility and ease of use. We used ProLaw some 10+ years ago and I recall that invoicing, pre-billing and matter creation were fairly tough. Firm Central is a breeze to use and even the moderately difficult stuff is easily retained after simps explanations.

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As a very small firm, the predictable grumble is that I would like to prove to be lower. I would love to have e-mail reminders that say "send out your billings, you distracted money-hater". or even better, re-billings that are auto printed for all open time-accrued matters by the Nth day of each month.

Source: Capterra
 

Juanita from Gillis Way & Campbell

June 2017

June 2017

Quick, easy and great customer service.

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For a short time I was in charge of the monthly invoicing for our small firm, which I've never had to do before but working with this software I was able to learn the applications very quickly.

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I mainly used this software for billing and time entries, the only thing that I can think of is not being able to format or personalize the invoices.

Source: Capterra
 

Sharmen from Beckmen Crystal Newman Law
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

May 2017

May 2017

Customer Representative was very helpful and answered all of our questions in a very timely manner.

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Time and billing are incorporated into Firm Central.

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That time and billing are incorporated into Firm Central. This part of the survey is a bit strange that it won't submit my answer because it is too short.

Source: Capterra
 

Kim from Underhill & Hodge LLC

May 2017

May 2017

Customer service has been great, very responsive when I have had problem/question.

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I love the fact that the new Time and Billing syncs with QuickBooks. Invoicing is so much easier with Time and Billing.

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We don't use the document management features as they are not easily accessible. The search function in Firm Central takes a long time to return results as well.

Source: Capterra
 

Carmel from Gilberti Law, PC

May 2017

May 2017

Our rep is incredibly knowlegable and makes it so simple to learn.

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Still learning it it all, but it appears that it fits well with our practice.

Source: Capterra
 

Joyce from Belnap Legal, PLLC

March 2017

March 2017

E-billing convenient, but no notice if client did not receive it

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Sending e-billings is very convenient, but there is no way to know if the client got it or not unless they call or I call them to see why they didn't pay. Clients with msn.com and hotmail.com addresses do not receive the e-bill so I have to snail mail them.

Developers need to figure out a way to show the law firm which clients' ebills bounced.

Pros

THANK YOU for finally changing the alphabetizing from first name to last name. That was a debacle of gigantic proportions. It took two years but you finally made it.

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Users are not able to format the invoice their use. Trust account paragraph is too crowded with words that people can't see what's what.

Source: Capterra
 

Forrest from Kroschel Law

March 2017

March 2017

Thank you Much Appreciated

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Our rep provided first class customer service and assistance without which I could not have on-boarded my practice in such short amount of time. Thank you.Central staff for excellent support.

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Accessibility and efficiency

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Less supportive for plaintiff's cases model for defense billable work

Source: Capterra
 

Abdelrahman from The Zeini Law Firm
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2017

March 2017

Moved from Competitor

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This has made our firm's life much easier, I am able to access my practice management from anywhere and using any device.

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Easy To use

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Trust accounting needs some work. So does flat fee billing.

Source: Capterra
 

Garry L.

February 2017

February 2017

SAVE YOURSELF THE AGGRAVATION - DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT

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Firm Central has been a complete disaster for my firm. I have a small (6 attorney) immigration law boutique practice and have been in business for 10 years. When we were considering changing our client database management system, we had a wish list of things we needed a new system to do that would be an improvement over our previous system. When presented multiple times to the sales person Thompson Reuters sent over to us, he assured us repeatedly that it could do what we needed it to. Turns out, after we signed the long term expensive contract, it was mostly lies. We got jobbed big time. After a while of using it, frustration mounting, costs rising, we got the IT guys on the phone to help us figure out what we were doing wrong. The sales person was so convincing, we kept thinking it must have been user error. We tried training, doing things different ways, etc., and nothing worked. When we connected with the IT guys, most of our conversation was met with responses of, "Nope, it can't do that. Never could, never will. What made you guys think it could?" It was crazy. So, realizing it was not going to work for us, and that we had been sold a bill of goods by the sales person, we confronted Thompson Reuters and requested that we be let out of the contract. Fat chance. They told us to shove it, not caring that we were lied to by the sales person. Apparently, that was his responsibility, it's on him and us for being suckers enough to believe what we were told. So here we are, stuck with paying tons of money for a product that is counterproductive to our business. Please don't get suckered like we did. Amusingly, we got a call from someone whose only job is to call people to find out why they are cancelling. The person actually admitted that to us. So many people cancel that they have people employed just to find out why. Don't buy it.

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Actually we had a very good experience, the only one, with the off boarding customer service folks. They were very nice and really helpful. Made it easy to get everything moved over from Firm Central to our new system that actually works.

Cons

Everything about it. The sales people say anything to get the sale, and you will pay whether it works for you as sold or not.

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I don't know if it might work fine in another context. Maybe it will. But it is the worst thing I have ever seen for immigration law. In fact, it is worse that having nothing.

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Carol from Beal, LLC
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

October 2016

October 2016

Great product.

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As a start up firm, we were looking for one product that would handle everything for us -- document management, time and billing and calendar. After working 25 years at a very large law firm I knew there had to be a program available that would do everything in one package. Firm Central was the only product I found that could do it all, eliminating the need for multiple subscriptions from multiple software companies. The software package was loaded remotely and after viewing a short tutorial, I was able to immediately begin setting up client files and adding documents. I found all facets of the program easy to navigate, the tutorials are great, the ongoing technical support is always one click or one phone call away. I have been very impressed with everything about Firm Central, the software, the tutorials and the knowledge of all the support people I have spoken with by phone or corresponded with by email. I highly recommend Firm Central to anyone looking for one comprehensive software package to handle document management, calendars and time and billing.

Pros

One program does everything we need.

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Would like time entry to have a repeat last client/matter function so that I could enter multiple time entries on same day for same client.

Source: Capterra
 

Frank from Walk Law Firm

September 2016

September 2016

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Firm central needs to:
1. When I search using the "Search Firm Central," it does not pick up everything that contains my search criteria. For instance, if I search "micro" FC will not show results that are not exact, like "microscope." If I search "pytha" it does not show "pythagoras." The search engine needs updating.

2. When I use FC desktop explorer, I do not have an option to create a folder in the sub-folder. I should. Now, I have to create a folder on the desktop and then move it into the folder. Its a excessive step.

Source: Capterra
 

Matt from Walk Law Firm, PA
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

September 2016

September 2016

Walk Law Firm, M.Welker Review of Matt Zempel

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Firm Central is a fine product. It has some features that are geared more toward Litigation firms and not business firms, such as ourselves.

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Ease of access. Syncing capabilities.

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Appears geared to litigation firms. Transferring documents from one matter to another challenging based on how we name matters.

Source: Capterra
 

Roberta from Brodzki Jacobs & Associates, P.L.
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

September 2016

September 2016

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I cannot determine value for money as this is not my role in this office but the program is very user friendly and convenient.

Pros

The ease of use.

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Had to overcome some work arounds such as copying word docs into my documents first before being able to upload same to firm central. It will not simply upload directly. Attorneys seem to have more difficulty finding documents loaded into firm central than the paralegals who work constantly in the software. This is not an intuitive process but requires experience with the software.

Source: Capterra
 

M. Khurram from The Baig Firm
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

September 2016

September 2016

Excellent customer service/support for a great product

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It's been exactly what I was looking for. The customer support has been exceptional. Very easy to use.

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Easy to use.

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None that I can think of.

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Is there an app? If not, I suggest an app.

Source: Capterra
 

Robert from Law Office of Robert L. Lewis
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

September 2016

September 2016

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My clients love the ease and security of using the VPN email and document sharing features. I like my client dashboards and the daily email conversations that get me more case information without all the wasted time of phone calls or personal interviews.

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VPN email; ease of sharing documents with who I choose; the fact that my clients have their own dashboard and digital file with all of the documents and communications that I have in my file.

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Sometimes my emails to clients are limited on the Client Portal. At those times, I am forced to send multiple email. My clients experience the same inconvenience.

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No.

Source: Capterra
 

Paula from Hartsfield Law

September 2016

September 2016

Very impressed with Firm Central!

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I already use Doc and Form Builder and this is a great add on to that. I like having everything I need in one place. Being able to access it from home and while traveling is a bonus.

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It seems to cover all of my needs in one place - no having to use one software program and then another to accomplish everything. Less time wasted.

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This con is not so much about the software as it is a reflection on me. I am an "old dog" with limited technological abilities. It will take time for me to become proficient and to ensure I am utilizing it to its capacity. Price is another issue. As a solo, I really have to watch the bottom line. Anything I add to the budget has a huge impact.

Source: Capterra
 

Delambert from Delambert Stowe Rose, Attorney at Law
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

September 2016

September 2016

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Sales (Dennis Petronack) and support have both been superb. Product has been helpful to the limited purposes for which I currently use it.

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At this point, I am not using the billing and calendaring features. I am a transactional attorney, and I subscribed to Firm Central in order to have a secure document repository. What I like most is that I am able to upload my own materials to Firm Central, and search them using the WestLaw search algorithm, including boolean logic.

Cons

A significant shortcoming is that one is not able to search folder metadata on Firm Central. That is, titles of folders and descriptions of folders. It would be extremely helpful for this folder metadata to be available to the search algorithm.

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Not at this time.

Source: Capterra
 

Mark from Law Office of Mark A. Werner
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

August 2016

August 2016

My 2 1/2 Year Experience With Firm Central

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Overall, I have been pleased with the features offered by Firm Central. I like the ease of saving and retrieving files stored in matters, and it is fairly easy to open new client files and matters.

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Creating client files and sub-files. It is pretty intuitive, and I can find just about everything that I have saved. The Technical Support is great, and I usually have a very short wait to get in to talk with them. They have always been helpful.

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I can't rename emails that I have saved in Firm Central, so searching for an email I saved 6 months ago is pretty time consuming and hit or miss. I can rename any Word or Excel file I want, but I can't change a name or date on an Outlook email. That makes no sense to me.

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Be patient, Firm Central has a pretty steep learning curve, but once you have it down, it is a robust system that is very useful in a law practice.

Source: Capterra
 

Harper from Ethos Legal Services
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

August 2016

August 2016

Love this product!

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Firm Central helped us with all of our business needs very efficiently and very effectively. We are so happy with the services it provides and the product in general. We would certainly recommend that Firm Central be employed as a keystone to all businesses.

Source: Capterra
 
 
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