HoudiniEsq Software


HoudiniEsq is a hybrid law practice management solution that caters to law practices of all sizes and provides them the functionalities to manage various business routines which include cases, billing, invoicing and several other workflows. The solution can either be deployed on-premise or hosted in the cloud.

HoudiniEsq features case budgets, time tracking, case and matter management, text indexed document management and email management. It also offers client and staff management, workflow automation, calendaring and alerts. The solution is customizable and helps users to classify legal specialties such as bankruptcy, corporate, criminal, estate planning, government, litigation and personal injury.

Additionally, HoudiniEsq supports integration with various third-party applications such as Word, Outlook, Excel, WordPerfect, Acrobat, QuickBooks, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, SoftFile, CalendarRules, Google and more.

Services are offered on a monthly subscription basis. Perpetual license for a one-time fee is also available to the users. Support is offered via phone, email and an online knowledge base.

Billing dashboard
Billing dashboard

Billing dashboard

Reporting

Reporting

Multitasking

Multitasking

Navigation

Navigation

Contact dashboard

Contact dashboard

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

Practice Area:  Estate Planning

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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June 2018

User interface and experience lacking - nuts and bolts are there

Pros

It does what you need it to do. It stores client information, documents, deadlines, etc. You can run reports. You can generate bills and track time.

Cons

The user interface is outdated and difficult to navigate at times. Updates will cause reports or features to stop working randomly.

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Joan from Rusty Law, LLC

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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January 2018

Excellent

the office is better organized and everyone is aware of what is happening from one moment to the next throughout the day. It is great to be able to have all the information so easily accessible.

Pros

easy to read, easy to search for information , like the way you can color code appointments and alert each other for deadlines

Cons

I don't like that you cannot multitask, it doesn't allow you to change the alerts, they have to be deleted first, I miss being able to see the day along with the dates when setting appointments

Review Source: Capterra

Kristi from Kasher Law Group

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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December 2017

This software makes our firm work so smoothly since we are mostly not in the same place on a daily

The largest benefit is having the ability to comunicate case info to each other with out beingin the same location all the time.

Pros

The best part of this software is being able to commuincate what we are working on together as a firm but not have to be in the same location. We are striving to be paperless and this software has been

Cons

This software needs to be able to upload larger files to the documents sections. Being that we are a personal injury law firm, it would be more convenient for it to be able to upload large medical records files.

Review Source: Capterra

Response: LOGICBit, LogicBit Software

December 2017

Kristi, thank you of your review. We will relax the upload limit. Currently it is set to 50MB per file. We do understand that files these days are much larger. You can expect this limitation to be increased to 150MB per individual file in an upcoming release. I believe it is in Build 2.0.0.165

Jeffrey from Jeffrey Mak Law Firm

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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December 2017

generally acceptable but some report and bill features are not user friendly

Mostly time entries and reporting; we use a separate billing system.

Pros

The calendar shows work items at a glance which is convenient. You can change the time span of each item by moving the starting time or ending time of that item.

Cons

difficult to generate matter reports showing excel work narratives with time costs; this is important as we need to report to client regularly without billing. The matter number sometimes leaps and has to be manually adjusted each new matter is opened.

Review Source: Capterra

Response: LOGICBit, LogicBit Software

December 2017

Thank you for your review Jeffrey. Re: Matter Numbers jumping. Matter identifiers are customizable under the App settings matter tab. It is odd that you see matter numbers jumping. Technically this would be impossible so we would like to schedule a tech call so we can view your instance while you create a new matter to see what you are seeing. Matter numbers are assigned once and can not be reused. IF a matter is created then deleted or started and not completed the index is used and the next index is assigned since mater id MUST be kept unique. Please give us a call toll free. We would love to speak with you about what you are experiencing.

Nathan from Law Offices of Nathan D. McMurry, A Professional Corporation

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December 2017

It's my understanding this product built by architect of much larger yet more stagnate competitor.

Peace of Mind. My information is secure and isn't going anywhere. It is always available to me. I have a very good rapport with my Houdini IT Department.

Pros

Versatility- This product intended for lean and mean firms. You don't need to have a Masters Degree in Computer Science, but it helps if you are somewhat computer savvy. There are features on this program that have been integrated in that even I haven't found time to master... yet (e.g., Quickbooks and Excel).
Comprehensive- Lower your IT overhead costs. These people know what they're doing. Your investment here means less investment in some IT guy sitting in a corner twiddling his or her thumbs. When they say 99.9% up-time, they mean it. This is an incredibly powerful time-keeping program, that has a very good overlap with document integration.
Customer Service- Usually only the occasional call, but they are ALWAYS there, and can walk you through any issues.

Cons

As with any newer product, there is going to be the inevitable growing pains. My favorite application integration was with the Outlook Add-in for e-mail. This is giving me hiccups at the moment. You are actually partnered with this vendor, so when rep can't figure this out, you have to evolve with the product limitations by creating a work-around (e.g., saving the e-mails manually to the file).

I'm also a creature of habit, so I struggle with major platform updates. They are kind enough to leave the old platform running, and aren't demanding their clients evolve overnight. So now I am learning two different platforms.

Review Source: Capterra

Gennet from The Crone Law Firm, PLC

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2017

Great Program.

The is used to maintain time spent on matters and printing invoices.

Pros

Very user friendly. Dashboard is easy accessed and filled with information at a glance. Time entry is easy as well as client/matter setup.

Cons

Some reports are still not correct. Technical support not always helpful. Accounts Receivable Aging report is a mess. Most of the time I cannot use this report. Program does not calculate interest charge on outstanding balances.

Review Source: Capterra

Christopher from Tennyson & Wiggington, PLLC

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November 2017

Far better than the other management software out there!

The ease of having everything in one place that does everything a firm needs. I haven't found anything that our firm needs that Houdini does not already do!

Pros

I love the functionality of Houdini. While some of the features are not the EASIEST to use, the customer support to walk you through it is amazing, and done on the spot. Every issue I've ever had with Houdini has been lack of knowing exactly how it was done. But the program itself is amazing, works exceptionally, and their support is the best I've ever seen!

Cons

Some of the features can be a little confusing at first, but the support staff will immediately demonstrate how to use it. I have not done the free training program, which I'm certain is exceptional -- based on my experience with their staff -- so, a lot of my lack of know-how for certain features is my fault. But, even without the training the software is very easy to use and has amazing features.

Review Source: Capterra

John from Privacy Law Office

Number of employees:  1 employee

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November 2017

Couldn't run my law practice without HoudiniESQ

Organized my practice...makes it much easier to stay on top of matters and billing.

Pros

Flexibility is most important for my niche practice. I am able to customize HoudiniESQ to meet my exact needs.

Cons

Updates can be buggy, but the rep is very responsive to getting issues fixed if you give him a call or email. Tutorials need to be updated more frequently so that I don't have to call tech support to find out how to do something.

Review Source: Capterra
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November 2017

Affordable, customize-able, multifaceted client management software

Pros

FANTASTIC client support. Agent is the best support person that I've had the pleasure of getting assistance from across all of the technical systems and software that I've used. He consistently goes above and beyond to make sure that whatever crazy customization that I want can happen.

Cons

A very superficial "con" but I don't like the aesthetic of the site. It looks outdated. The navigation could use some improvement.

Review Source: Capterra

Arnold from Office of Arnold S. White

Number of employees:  1 employee

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November 2017

I have watched grow , making really important improvements.

Complete office management, including file organization and billing.

Pros

Program is based upon the case, as it should be. Support is outstanding. It anticipates what you are looking for. I have not yet sent emails via HoudiniEsq. and am looking forward to using it.

Cons

I wish that phone calls were a separate category of input, instead of added to events. Would like to see preview of docs as I review them. I am still catching up with changes in billing.

Review Source: Capterra

Jennifer from Bartlett Legal Group, LLC

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November 2017

Works well most of the time

Pros

The ability to customize some fields within the software to specific file types, because not every personal injury file requires the same customization.

Cons

The ability to track documents and due dates for things that come in, such as discovery deadlines seems to not be there as previous users have said this was something that you could do.

Review Source: Capterra
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November 2017

Very easy to use and great for managing my case load and process.

Organization and a sense of control over my case load. This software has really changed the way I track and work my files. I absolutely love it!

Pros

The ability to integrate with other programs and software. I am able to seamlessly work across outlook, adobe, and word, which makes document generation and calendaring a cinch. My favorite thing is the template creation and document generation, that has been a game changer.

Cons

Difficult to make changes to fields from the original Houdini version. The customization mode is a little clunky and arduous to use. I cannot print Ad-Hoc reports or my calendar.

Review Source: Capterra

Paul from Ferrari Property Services Ltd.

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2017

It has been a revolution in organising my workflow and easily producing itemised invoices.

Pros

The degree of customisation that can be applied. it is designed for US based lawyers but i work in the UK in the specialised area of commecial rent review dispute resolution. I was able to customise the software to cater for my specialist needs and to generate invoices in UK pounds.

Cons

Bespoke customisation is time consuming, but once it is done, it's done. Once you have a basic framework set up, adding categories is very easy.

Review Source: Capterra

Alexander from Gilburg Law

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2017

Houdini Esq is smooth, powerful, flexible, logical and secure. I couldn't ask for anything more.

Houdini makes my life easier and my practice more productive and profitable.

Pros

I have been practicing law for almost a quarter century. I started with Houdini many, many years ago, when the project was still teething (I switched from Abacus). I can confidently say that even in infancy Houdini and its combination of logic, power and flexibility were head and shoulders above any other package on the market, many costing three times more. Since then, the management and development teams had nurtured and evolved this software into an awesome powerhouse with intuitive, user-friendly features, and absolutely unique capabilities, which other packages sorely lack.

Magic has universal appeal, and Houdini is equally well suited for solo practitioners, who appreciate its instinctive simplicity, and multinational law firms, who take advantage of its infinite customization and industrial-strength features. I can wholeheartedly recommend Houdini to any law firm regardless of its size or practice areas.

Cons

I really had to scratch my head to identify any faults or weaknesses in Houdini. Still scratching .....

Review Source: Capterra

Michael from The Hodgson Law Firm, LLC

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2017

Better than some. I still prefer Credenza Software, not supported anymore.

streamlined billing and case management.

Pros

I like the integration into outlook. I also like the fact that documents are automatically spooled into the case mapping.

Cons

I don't like having to individually select events and make them billable. I'd rather be able to mass associate that. Also, I don't like that events calendar on my google calendar after the fact. I would rather they work internally on the software.

Review Source: Capterra

Karla from Law Office of Matthew R Oppel

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2017

Very good overall experience.

Pros

The software is very reliable and fairly easy to learn. Video tutorials are very helpful. Customer service is excellent! Calls made to customer service are either answered right away or returned timely.

Cons

Our firm has had issues with searching. Would like to see cases in a "list" format, with more than 50 showing at once. Also, we have had an issue with printing an invoice from inside the "Matter". If the "print" is not chosen quick enough the program will print another matter's invoice. Note, these issues may just be settings and not a true problem with the software.

Review Source: Capterra
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November 2017

Great value for time tracking program

Pros

Price; customer support; fairly easy to add new matters and add time to events. I like that is is fairly compatible with Quickbooks.

Cons

The stopwatch feature. You have to manually add time to an event and then unclick and click on "bill" to update the fees. You should have the option for the stopwatch time to automatically add to the open event and update the fees accordingly. The old version did this well.

Review Source: Capterra

Response: LOGICBit, LogicBit Software

November 2017

Hi, Thank you for your review. You make an excellent point about the Stopwatch feature. We will correct the current behavior to function as it once did. Release 2.0.0.117 will have this feature corrected. This version will also include a Intake button on the desktop which opens a wizard to quickly add a Contact and Matter. Less clicking.

Patricia from Kasher Law Group, LLC

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2017

working with the Houdiniesq team has been wonderful, they will help you in whatever manner he can

organization

Pros

The manner in which the "Matter" or cases is set up, you can an overview of the entire case with just one click!

Cons

We use the calendar program on a daily basis, however the calendar does not always sync with google calendar

Review Source: Capterra

Marta from Corona Law Firm PA

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November 2017

i love the program

Pros

it's easy to use. easy to enter payments and expenses. i love the accounts receivable report. the customer support is great. integration with outlook and word is very useful

Cons

it doesn't have some reports we would like to use and sometimes we have issues with the invoices. We have to restart the program once in a while and sometimes after updates we have issues.

Review Source: Capterra

Response: LOGICBit, LogicBit Software

November 2017

hey Marta, thank you for your review of HoudiniEsq. Please send us any issue you experience. We love to fix the little annoyances.

Marie from Fewel, Brewer & Coulombe

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November 2017

Overall wonderful program

Pros

Ease of use, it seems to be working well. I like it so far. I have nothing further to add to this box.

Review Source: Capterra