August 25th, 2009 by The Clio Team
Today we’re happy to add another User Review spotlight to our growing list of user reviews. Following Jason Molder’s and Brian Powers’ reviews of Clio, we have a review from Brian Pedigo of The Pedigo Law Corporation on his Technology for Lawyers blog.
Brian begins his review with some context as to what led him to Clio: a desire to get organized and stay on top of his practice.
I knew that one of the best ways to get organized was to implement some type of technological solution. I began my search for ways in which lawyers managed their practices. I tried several popular solutions, the type of solutions where you would pay a large upfront fee to acquire the discs for installation, followed by an annual maintenance fee to continue using the software. I didn’t like this as a solution because I didn’t have resources available as a new lawyer to pay for this kind of upfront fee.
One of the primary advantages of SaaS is the low (or non-existant) upfront fee. For a new lawyer, this is key. As Dennis Kennedy points out, a new law practice should focus on keeping capital expenses minimal, and try to push as many expenses as possible to a “utility” or month-to-month cost structure. SaaS offers low, predictable monthly costs, typically without any kind of long-term contract.
Brian also comments on Clio’s shallow learning curve – he was able to get up and running without a lengthy tutorial or training session:
As I began to tinker around in the system, the thing that impressed me the most was how simple and elegant Clio’s design was. Everything made sense. Nothing was confusing. I did not have to go to a help file to figure out how to do what I wanted to do. I didn’t have to call tech support. I was presented with a clean and simple interface that allowed me to do all of the major tasks that lawyers do in a typical practice management solution.