One of the biggest challenges in a small but growing family law firm is reducing the time and cost you spend per client to the point where you can easily bring in more business without dramatically increasing your overhead at the same time.

Of course, the reason this can be such a tricky balance to strike is the whole nature of managing your family law practice in the first place. From case management and document drafting — to communication and client scheduling — running your family law firm can be a time and communication-intensive process.

Family law software to help you scale

Luckily, it’s 2019 and lots of enterprising entrepreneurs and app developers have used their talents to create useful family law software to help attorneys scale their firms. For this post, we rounded up our top family law software for 2019 across a variety of categories. We interviewed more than 20 family law attorneys and asked them to share their top recommendations. With the help of these software recommendations, you can grow your revenue and client base much faster than you could without it. We hope this post helps streamline your practice, and maybe even introduces you to a new solution!

Family law case management

Our pick: Clio.

1-sentence pitch:

With Clio, you can manage and track every detail of every case from an intuitive dashboard.

Summary:

Clio’s superpower is the ability to link all your contacts, tasks, and communications together in one place. You can also log time entries to the appropriate matter, manage deadlines, and create comments and notes for your internal team. Clio also has a fantastic app directory that allows you to connect their software to more than 120 technology partners.

Why we recommend:

We’re big fans of unified dashboards. The fewer things there are to track and organize, the more efficiently run your family law practice will be. We also love that you can store all your text, audio, and other documents together in the cloud, easily accessible and attached to the relevant case.

Cost:

Clio is about $69 per user per month. You can visit Clio to find out more about their software.

Document drafting

Our pick: Lawyaw. (That’s us!)

1-sentence pitch:

With Lawyaw, you can build and sign your entire court filing in one place.

Summary:

We built Lawyaw to be the family law software in your quiver that you rely on to streamline the document-intensive part of your practice. Lawyaw makes it easy to search and fill 5,000 California court forms in one place. And our latest product turns Microsoft Word documents into fillable templates, saving you even more time completing settlement agreements, prenups, and all your other frequently used documents.

Why we recommend:

We’re biased here since Lawyaw is our product. But here’s an excerpt from this Lawyaw review from Lex Tech Review:

“The Lawyaw platform is the best document automation tool available. From solo attorney to the midsized law firm Lawyaw will reduce errors, save time, and create consistent, beautiful documents for every case.”

Cost:

Lawyaw starts at $59 per user per month. For details, view the pricing page.

Scheduling

Our pick: 10to8.

1-sentence pitch:

10to8 is an appointment scheduling solution that lets your clients choose a time to meet based on your availability.

Summary:

One of the more persistent challenges for family law attorneys is scheduling. With clients who aren’t in the same household or who have daytime work schedules, it can be difficult to find a time when you can meet with everyone at the same time. With 10to8, you can send a link to your calendar (or post it on your website) so your clients can book a meeting whenever it’s convenient for them.

Why we recommend:

There are several similar solutions on the market, but there are several reasons why 10to8 stands out as one of our picks for the top family law software for 2019. It’s simple for you and your clients to use, and is much better than trying to schedule a meeting via a never-ending email chain.

We also love the group booking feature, which makes it easier to schedule meetings with multiple parties. To top it off, 10to8 can also send reminder emails or texts, and you can tweak the look and feel of the interface to match your practice.

Pricing:

The cost of 10to8 depends on how many appointments you book every month. Check out their pricing page here.

Communicating with clients

Our picks: Zipwhip and LexHelper

1-sentence pitch:

Zipwhip lets you reach your customers via SMS and MMS using your existing landline phone number. LexHelper is your personal virtual assistant and can help answer and route calls and schedule appointments.

Summary:

Clear, prompt, and accurate communication is the key to client satisfaction and to ensure that the messages you send between yourself and your clients don’t slow down the process. Particularly since family law issues always involve more than one party, it’s vitally important that you stay on top of your of your communication and reach your clients using their preferred method (phone, text, etc.)

Why we recommend:

We like Zipwhip for two reasons: It lets you send text messages using your primary office telephone number, and it enables you to send messages via text, which can often have a greater response rate.

LexHelper is great for attorneys who don’t have the need for a full-time receptionist, but still want to offload fielding phone calls, scheduling appointments and making followup calls. And since LexHelper specializes in providing this service for attorneys, you can rest easy that their specialists are trained and well-versed in matters for which they’ll be helping you.

Pricing:

Zipwhip subscriptions start at $35 for their basic plan. Their pricing page is here.

Plans with LexHelper start at $224 per month, for up to 100 receptionist calls. Pricing page here.

Conclusion

We hope this roundup of the top family law software of 2019 was helpful to you. Although there’s always a time investment when setting up new software, the efficiency gains your firm will realize from streamlining scheduling appointments and filling out legal forms will make the investment more than worth it.