Amicus Attorney 2015 – First impression
Gavel & Gown introduced today Amicus Attorney 2015 PE (Premium Edition). The first things that I noticed was the new interface. While the usual commands are still there the graphics have been changed and they are more aligned with the industry trend of simplifying and flattening the graphics like in the new iOS and Android OS. This focus the attention on what is important – the data. These changes also allow us to see more information on the screen. Note that for the nostalgic of the Amicus Attorney 2014 PE interface there is a Classic preference that switch all the graphics (skin) back to the old style.
Here is what you get in Amicus Attorney 2015 PE
Client Portal is the ability to share some of one or more file information with a client via a web browser. This give access to specified documents, share notes and look up appointments that a client has with the firm. This is a more secure way to share documents and communications since it is all encrypted. This feature requires subscription to the yearly Maintenance program that also give you access to your Amicus Attorney data from any devices in a browser – AmicusAnywhere.
In Amicus Attorney 2014 PE Gavel and Gown introduced the ability to sync Contacts, Appointment and Tasks directly with Microsoft Exchange. In Amicus Attorney 2015 PE also email synchronization can go through MS Exchange. The benefit is that even if your workstation is shutdown email will still sync with the Amicus server.
AmicusAnywhere in 2015 has the Notes module added to the web interface so now we can send stickies to your assistant back at the office. Also a Search box was added to easily find files and contacts.
Firm Member Role – As it was requested from some clients the firm members now they have a Role in the file. This will helps when assigning precedents so that the assistant or a Junior Associate will be in charge on some task while the Partner can be assigned to others.
File Chronology has become useful in Amicus Attorney 2015 PE. We can see the list of all events in a file and we can sort them by date, type, subject and firm members. Clicking on the entries now will open them and the list is printable the way you sort it.
Document Search got more useful. In the Document module search for a generic term. Once you see the result select refine search. This will use the set of documents from the previous search to narrow down to a smaller number of documents.
Amicus Attorney Billing 2015
Also Amicus Attorney Billing got some updates: Split Billing, import costs from QuickBooks, Retainer trigger, and new billing templates for contingency and billing reports were added in this version.
All in all Gavel & Gown made a major update with Amicus Attorney 2015 worth the upgrade. There is a special pricing right now until Jan 29th 2015. Please contact us for upgrade or new license prices.
Paolo Broggi, IT Engineer – Amicus, Timeslips, and Worldox Certified Consultant.