Practice Tools

ISBA PracticeTech

PracticeTech

In today's competitive environment, you need tech tools to help you increase your bottom line, serve clients better, and reduce your risk of malpractice or ethics missteps.

The ISBA is committed to helping you leverage the power of practice-oriented technology. Toward that end, we've formed partnerships with tech vendors in key areas to help you make wise choices and, in many cases, provide you with discounted services. We've created this PracticeTech page to make it easy for you to find what you need.

We've created this PracticeTech page to keep you posted on our progress. As we have new tech tools to offer, we'll post them here. Visit regularly to see what we've added to the list.

IOLTA calculators and accounting tools - to help you comply with increasing complex trust-fund accounting rules.

Keeping Client Trust Accounts with Quickbooks 2012 Professional

Bryan Sims' guide shows you step by step how to maintain client trust accounts using QuickBooks 2012 Professional from Intuit. It begins with the applicable Illinois Rules of Professional Responsibility, then maps an approach that can be used with any double-entry accounting program. That in turn provides the context for a detailed explanation of how to use QuickBooks 2012 Professional to manage your client trust accounts.

Keeping Client Trust Accounts with GnuCash 2.X

This guide demonstrates one way to maintain client trust accounts using GnuCash. The guide begins with the applicable Illinois Rules of Professional Responsibility. It then maps an approach that can be used with any double-entry accounting program. That desired end result provides the context for a detailed explanation of how to use GnuCash to manage your client trust accounts.

Both guides free for ISBA members.

Practice-management software - to help you track time and billing, manage documents, avoid conflicts, meet make-or-break deadlines, and more, all at a price you can afford.

Clio Practice Management System

ClioClio is a cloud-based legal practice management platform that keeps your all-important matters, contacts and documents available anywhere. If you already use other popular cloud services, like Dropbox or Google Apps, Clio will make you smile by tying them together in a single, easy-to-use system. With dozens of more advanced features like terrific time-tracking, comprehensive calendaring, and beautiful billing, Clio will save you time, make you money, and help you look polished and professional to your clients.

Members of the Illinois State Bar Association receive a 10% lifetime discount on Clio, in addition to:

  • A free trial;
  • Live 1:1 web demonstrations;
  • Unlimited access to live customer support an training.

Ready to give Clio a try? Please contact us today or log in to sign up as an ILSBA member.

Credit card processing - to enable you to accept credit card payment from clients by working with a vendor that understands IOLTA accounts and other special needs of lawyers.

LawPay: Credit Card Processing for Attorneys

Trust your transactions to the only payment solution provided to lawyers by over 60 bar associations. Correctly safeguard and separate client funds into trust and operating accounts. Funds are never commingled. The ability to accept debit and credit cards attracts clients, improves cash flow and reduces collections. Members save up to 25% off their credit card processing fees. If you are considering accepting credit and/ or debit cards or want to confirm that you are processing debit and credit card transactions correctly, call 866-376-0950 or visit www.lawpay.com/isba.

Website design and hosting - to help you create an effective and affordable website for your practice.

EsqSites123.com

EsqSites123.com logo

EsqSites123.com specializes in providing solo and small firm attorneys with affordable website design and hosting solutions. Using EsqSites123.com’s web based software, attorneys are able to create and edit the content on their website using basic internet and word processing skills. Get on the web for less than $99.00. Visit www.esqsites123.com or call (619) 237-5422 to speak with one of our customer service professionals.