SmartAdvocate Software

4.63 / 5 (19)

Our advisors have recommended this product 2 times in the last 30 days

About SmartAdvocate

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 staff can use SmartAdvocate to manage contacts, communication, documents, and calendaring and docketing. The system can also track time, and functionality is available for firms that also want integrated accounting, billing, and invoicing.

By managing all case information within a single platform, users can minimize double entry. The system is capable of communicating via mass email or SMS message; it can also automatically forward cover letters and other documents to client via email, or send physical copies in the ...


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Supported Operating System(s):

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10

19 Reviews of SmartAdvocate

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.63 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

4.5

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

4.5

Functionality

4.5

Ratings Snapshot

5 stars

(15)

15

4 stars

(2)

2

3 stars

(1)

1

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1

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October 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

October 2018

Excellent case management system and terrific customer support

I have found SA to be more robust and user friendly as compared to our prior CMS (Needles). Moreover, the staff at SmartAdvocate has been an amazing resource for helping us to integrate into the new system, and where we ask, help us to create numerous functionalities that allow SmartAdvocate to function in a way that works best for our specific firm. I can't imagine a better group to work with and I have found SmartAdvocate to be robust and superior to anything I have used before. I also spent a tremendous amount of time with demos on other CMS systems and believed (and still believe) SmartAdvocate is the best of the bunch.

Pros

* Dashboards and overall reporting functionality. * Bar coding for documents. * Integrations that allow for texting, faxing, etc. directly out of SmartAdvocate. * The summary page for each case allows you to quickly see all highlights of a case with a quick glance.

Cons

Like any new system, there is a learning curve which created some challenged, but once you have figured things out (and the SA team did help with plenty of support for my office), the system greatly surpasses Needles.

June 2017

Brian from Commonwealth Law Group

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

June 2017

This is amazing case management software!!

Pros

I am a practice manager and Smart Advocate(SA), out of the box, comes with all the reporting you need to effectively manage your practice. This software gives you a competitive advantage, especially if your competitors are using Needles. They will write custom reports if you need something specific for your practice. Many redundant tasks can be completed with the click of a button. They also upgrade the software two or three times per year. If there is something you want added and it makes sense then they will add it. This is important because you benefit from the great ideas of other law firms!! They are also adding features that we have priced separately like a customer portal, phone app, etc. These features would have cost the firm more and we get them with our upgrades for the cost of our annual maintenance contract. They are also integrated with many 3rd party vendors like Ngage, LIP, court reporters, investigators and medical record retrieval companies. This means that you can order the product in SA and the product gets delivered directly to SA. I could go on all day about what I like best about this software.

Cons

The downside is that it was created for personal injury and mass torts. They have made several improvements to accommodate other case types but the main focus is personal injury. In the most recent update they gave administrators the flexibility to hide screens which will make the user experience for workers' compensation cases much better.

May 2019

Steve from Malman Law

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Law Practice

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

May 2019

Life changing practice management software

The SmartAdvocate support team is amazing and very responsive. You have to be patient with any software product that you launch, but the team at SmartAdvocate has seen it all and they will solve any issue quickly.

Pros

SmartAdvocate has all of the tools necessary to successfully operate a personal injury law firm with incredible efficiency. The ability to text and esign right from within the program is a game changer in terms of client satisfaction. Ordering medical records is simplified to a few clicks and tracking those requests is totally transparent. A huge benefit of SmartAdvocate is that they are not new to the space which gives them a huge advantage over their competitors because they know what makes a PI firm tick.

Cons

You have to be committed to SmartAdvocate and it will pay to back handsomely. If you take the extra seconds to input the data, its well worth it.

August 2017

andrew from Costella & gordon llp

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Law Practice

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

2.0

Customer support

2.0

Functionality

2.0

August 2017

not as flexible as I told it would be

case management of arbitrations status reports

Pros

assists with arbitration and personal injury departments / used and understood by all employees /

Cons

does not assist enough; limited capacities salespeople made promises that they could not keep overpriced for its value

Response from SmartAdvocate

Replied August 2017

We are surprised by this review and have reached out to Mr. Costella. As I wrote to Mr. Costella: "Your comments that the system "does not assist enough" and has "limited capacities" frankly caught me by surprise. We pride ourselves on the fact that SmartAdvocate is the most comprehensive and full featured case management software system on the market. There seems to be a disconnect here, one that we want to resolve. We want you to be satisfied and get everything you should out of the system." We hope to get a more detailed understanding of criticism and see how we can help them to get more out of the many features and capabilities contained in the system.

April 2017

Justin from Leitner Varughese PLLC

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Law Practice

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

April 2017

Tailor made to meet our needs

SmartAdvocate is simply the best case management software out there. It's great to finally use a program designed for Plaintiff's personal injury practice. The ease of use in generating forms, managing the calendar & statutes, tracking the status of cases, and easily accessing documents is phenominal. We've become so much more efficient thanks to this program.

Pros

Features of this program are specifically tailored to meet the needs of a plaintiff's personal injury practice. Makes keeping up with deadlines and workflow between staff members incredibly easy. Ultimately makes us much more efficient.

Cons

The interface could be a little more intuitive in places, but generally very user friendly.

Response from SmartAdvocate

Replied June 2017

Justin, Thank you for your great review of SmartAdvocate. The reason you feel so comfortable using SmartAdvocate is SmartAdvocate was designed hands-on by and for litigation attorneys and paralegals and only became a retail product many years later. As you know, SmartAdvocate has been listening very carefully to its clients and issues 3 releases per year with over 300 enhancements PER RELEASE. We will be contacting you to get your suggestions on what we can do to make SmartAdvocate even better. Thanks again, Jerry