Amicus Attorney offers both a computer server-based solution (installed on your office computer, they call it Amicus Attorney Premium) and a cloud-based solution (accessible via any web browser, they call it Amicus Cloud) for law firm practice management.
Why I prefer Cloud-Based Services
I’ve mentioned this before in past articles, so I will just say that I prefer web-based / cloud-based solutions. Yes, you have to pay a monthly fee as opposed to a single license fee, but it can be more cost effective for solo practices and small firms, especially considering the cost of a server and IT setup, and that your software and hardware will be obsolete in three years. At least with a subscription-based service, they will keep updating the technology.
For Amicus Cloud, each user is $34.95 per month. For an add-on email account, it’s another $10 per month, and for Blackberry users, another $10 per month. Amicus Attorney Premium, the desktop-based software, runs $999 for the first license and $599 for each additional license. For Amicus Attorney Small Firm Edition, the software costs $499 for the first license, and $399 for each additional license.
Trying Out Amicus Cloud
It is very easy to add new clients and create new matters. Amicus Cloud has a great user interface and is fairly straightforward. You can easily use Amicus Cloud to send emails to clients, keep time, and add and edit documents to your database.
Amicus Cloud plays nicely with Quickbooks, allowing you to export your billing / timekeeping entries to Quickbooks so you can bill your clients with Quickbooks if you would like. Amicus Cloud also has its own built-in Amicus Cloud for billing, collections, and trust so you can bill clients and track payments.
Amicus Cloud feels like a stripped down version of Clio or MyCase in some ways in that a few of their best features seem to be missing from Amicus Cloud. Maybe Amicus Attorney Premium or Amicus Attorney Small Firm has these features. I’m really not sure why they’re not in Amicus Cloud though.
Document automation - Amicus Cloud doesn’t automate documents like Clio, MyCase, or HoudiniEsq. Document automation is one of my favorite features of law firm case management software. This one is a must. Document automation allows you to upload a particular form / template document (the kind you use over and over again in your practice where you keep the content the same but change the client name and contact information, i.e. real estate closings or wills) and have the software automatically replace the template client contact information with your new client’s information when you choose to use the form document. It can save you hours and save you from driving yourself crazy with having to manually replace information on a template form. Do it once and you’re good to go forever.
Google Docs / Drive / Dropbox – Amicus doesn’t play well with Google Docs / Drive or Dropbox. If you don’t use Google Docs / Drive / Dropbox, you can ignore this one.
Online payment acceptance – Amicus Cloud allows users to bill clients and email invoices but Amicus Cloud doesn’t accept online payments. It’s not a necessary feature, but it would be nice.
iPhone / Android app – There’s an app for Blackberry but not for iPhone or Android. I don’t get it. This is way too outdated.
Client portal – Amicus Cloud could use a client portal to allow clients to access Amicus to get updates on their case. It’s a great feature of MyCase and Clio.
Related: Clio Case Management Software Review
Amicus Cloud is a very well-polished medium-frills offering for law firm practice management. It is easy to use, integrates with accounting software, allows for users to send emails and manage their case load, but it doesn’t have some of the best features that its competitors have. It sorely needs document automation and could benefit from an iPhone or Android mobile app.
Let us know your thoughts. Have you used Amicus Cloud?