OTB Consulting defines the term “Practice Management” as the collection of hardware, software, and the firm’s practices and procedures that the firm uses to provide legal services to its clients and mange the business end of the law firm. In short, the term covers everything that helps you manage your law practice, both the “front-end” (calendar, contact/matter management, document management, paperless office, etc.) and the “back end” (timekeeping, billing, and accounting).
“Practice management” includes case/matter management systems, time/billing/accounting systems, document and email management systems, document assembly systems, and any other applications you may use. The choices and the options available for each choice can be mind boggling.
OTB Consulting’s principal consultants, Tom Rowe and Bob McNeill, have been helping law firms adopt the right systems to meet their needs since the mid-1990’s, when these types of programs were first developed. They’ve seen what works and doesn’t work in various firm sizes, practice areas, and even with various personality types. They know the history of the various software vendors, and what their stated plans for the future are.
Some of these legal-specific applications are “all inclusive” applications that provide integrated time, billing, accounting, case management, document and email management and some are “best of breed” that handle one such function well. Because there are so many options, and each firm has very specific needs, give OTB a call so we can help you determine which Practice Management system will work best for you.