CHICAGO, IL – March 29, 2012 – Today’s issue of TL NewsWire covers a practice management app store (see article below), a secure cloud storage service for iPad and iPhone, a secure mobile office suite, a document assembly add-on for Microsoft Word, and a social media management and marketing application. Don’t miss the next issue.
The World’s First Practice Management App Store
Lawyers often complain about the complexity of practice management systems. Ironically, this problem stems from software companies eager to accommodate requests from their customers.
Accordingly, each new version of their software contains new features that only a few law firms want.
With each new feature, the clutter increases and the learning curve steepens, resulting in complaints.
A more modern approach to pleasing customers without this downside is to focus on core features that all law firms need, and build a platform on which other companies can offer optional specialized solutions — or “apps” as we now call them.
Total Attorneys App Store … in One Sentence
Launching today, Total Attorneys App Store enables you to add first- and third-party apps to Total Attorneys (a cloud practice management system), thus enhancing its functionality to suit your needs.
The Killer Feature
Earlier this year we reported on Total Attorneys, which costs just $1 per user per month.
This price point created quite a stir. Today, the company has dropped another disruptive shoe on the practice management world.
At launch, Total Attorneys App Store features a number of third-party apps with more en route. For example, you can set up a Fastcase account for legal research.
Capital Payments enables your clients to pay you via ACH, check, or credit card. You can also schedule automatic recurring payments. All transactions occur through Total Attorneys’ client portal.
Also available is LegalEase for outsourcing work to contract lawyers and paralegals, Legal Web Experts for marketing services such as web site creation and search engine optimization, LawQA for client development (respond to inquiries from consumers seeking legal help), and Google Calendar Sync.
“We have worked very hard building the most comprehensive web-based practice management platform for small and solo firms,” founder and chairman Ed Scanlan told us. “Total Apps Store is a huge step in accomplishing our goal of simplifying law practice management so that law firms can better serve their clients and achieve greater financial success.”
Other Notable Features Total Attorneys App Store contains first-party apps as well (apps created by Total Attorneys). Live Virtual Receptionist combines technology with a human touch.
A live operator answers your phone, eliminating the need to add a receptionist to your payroll. Messages appear in your Total Attorneys account plus you can receive email alerts.
Legal Leads helps you grow your clientele. When a lead becomes a client, you convert the lead into a client file in Total Attorneys.
What Else Should You Know?
Earlier this month, Total Attorneys released free iPad and iPhone apps.
On other platforms, you access Total Attorneys from any web browser. The base price for the core practice management system remains $1 per user per month. Apps vary in price.