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HoudiniESQ

Cloud or on-premise legal practice management software

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HoudiniESQ Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

HoudiniESQ product overview

What is HoudiniESQ?

HoudiniEsq natively integrates with Outlook, Word, Excel, and Quickbooks. You can even work entirely in HoudiniEsq if you like.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

Knowledge Base
Email/Help Desk
Phone Support

Training options

Webinars
In Person
Documentation
Live Online

HoudiniESQ pricing information

Value for money

4.5

/5

139

Price starts from

No info

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

HoudiniESQ features

Functionality

4.1

/5

139
Total Features28 6 categories

Most valued features by users

Document Management
Task Management
Document Storage
Access Controls/Permissions
Calendar Management
Time Tracking
Billing & Invoicing
Case Notes

HoudiniESQ users reviews

Overall rating

4.1

/5

139

Positive reviews

79%

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Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8.43/10
Rating distribution

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Pros
I use it primarily for case management and invoicing. The great thing about this software is that the interface just makes sense, and it is feature rich and comprehensive.

AH

Andrew H.

The next best thing is that for lawyers on a shoestring budget it is affordable and secure because it can be run off the cloud. So I give it two thumbs up for price, accessibility and price.

PL

Paul L.

The Quickbooks connector is great and the Evernote integration is also a big plus. After reviewing all our other options, Houdini ESQ seemed like the best and least expensive place to start and grow.

SW

Steve W.

Cons
Sometimes it looses some of my cases especially if someone else has made the case and then appointed it to me. The search field is usually not working.

MP

Matias P.

Lack of a functioning document automation/assembly system and lack of quickbooks integration.

WB

William B.

Not so many companies will go the extra mile to save one from themselves especially after having failed to heed their explicit warnings.

Anthony D.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Far better than the other management software out there!

Reviewed 4 years ago

The ease of having everything in one place that does everything a firm needs. I haven't found anything that our firm needs that Houdini does not already do!

Pros

I love the functionality of Houdini. While some of the features are not the EASIEST to use, the customer support to walk you through it is amazing, and done on the spot. Every issue I've ever had with Houdini has been lack of knowing exactly how it was done. But the program itself is amazing, works exceptionally, and their support is the best I've ever seen!

Cons

Some of the features can be a little confusing at first, but the support staff will immediately demonstrate how to use it. I have not done the free training program, which I'm certain is exceptional -- based on my experience with their staff -- so, a lot of my lack of know-how for certain features is my fault. But, even without the training the software is very easy to use and has amazing features.

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It's my understanding this product built by architect of much larger yet more stagnate competitor.

Reviewed 4 years ago

Peace of Mind. My information is secure and isn't going anywhere. It is always available to me. I have a very good rapport with my Houdini IT Department.

Pros

Versatility- This product intended for lean and mean firms. You don't need to have a Masters Degree in Computer Science, but it helps if you are somewhat computer savvy. There are features on this program that have been integrated in that even I haven't found time to master... yet (e.g., Quickbooks and Excel). Comprehensive- Lower your IT overhead costs. These people know what they're doing. Your investment here means less investment in some IT guy sitting in a corner twiddling his or her thumbs. When they say 99.9% up-time, they mean it. This is an incredibly powerful time-keeping program, that has a very good overlap with document integration. Customer Service- Usually only the occasional call, but they are ALWAYS there, and can walk you through any issues.

Cons

As with any newer product, there is going to be the inevitable growing pains. My favorite application integration was with the Outlook Add-in for e-mail. This is giving me hiccups at the moment. You are actually partnered with this vendor, so when rep can't figure this out, you have to evolve with the product limitations by creating a work-around (e.g., saving the e-mails manually to the file). I'm also a creature of habit, so I struggle with major platform updates. They are kind enough to leave the old platform running, and aren't demanding their clients evolve overnight. So now I am learning two different platforms.

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Mediocre Software that the Developers Like to Break and Blame on the User

Reviewed 5 years ago

Generally speaking, the software offers everything you want in a practice management software. It does trust accounting, billing, general practice management, calendaring, e-mailing, and task management. However, every single one of these features is clunky and slow. The database constantly breaks and you lose information by clearing your cache and refreshing your page. The database will, occasionally...

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Vendor response

hey Dustin, thank you for the honest review. We have been hard at work. A new update is coming that I think you will love. We have over 100 fixes and improvements throughout the App including but not limited to billing, boolean and elastic search support (google like queries against all tables and documents), and so much more. The update will be available Wed March 8th (tomorrow). You don't have...

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Houdini 2.0 is a vast improvement over prior versions

Reviewed 5 years ago

We unexpectedly updated to Houdini 2.0 so the difference was quite a shock, but we have found it to be much more user friendly than previous versions. The response time is also much faster when adding notes, contacts, events, and matters. We are only on day 3 here with version 2.0 but the ease of use is biggest improvement we could have asked Houdini for. Also, the customer service has been absolutely amazing. Since we had no warning of the upgrade from our system administrator, we were caught on our heels on a busy Monday morning; however, every time we called for help, which we did multiple times over the course of the day, we were given outstanding service and attention. I wish I could rate the customer support higher than 5 stars.

Pros

I'm not sure yet. So far, the speed is by far the best improvement. Version 1.9 would stall or take a long time to access contacts, events, and matters. So far, we have not experienced these delays with version 2.0.

Cons

It's difficult to multitask. If I am trying to schedule an event on the calendar and another phone call comes in, I cannot open anything else in Houdini without first finishing the event I was working on. In previous versions, we could leave the window open, take care of the incoming phone call, and then finish the event on the calendar. We also miss being able to access the contact record on the event to find the client's phone number from the calendar. This was especially important for confirming the appointments for the next day.

Vendor response

Kelly, thank you for your review. BY now you should have been updated to 2.0 build 12. In Build 12 we now include event, matter and contact details when you hover over an appointment on the calendar. We will fix the issue with Monday being the first day of the week. This si a bug. It seems to be stuck in euro display mode. Build 12 has over 100 fixes and enhancements throughout the App. We hope your experience with this build helps you be more productive and helps you provide superior service to all your clients.

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HoudiniESQ: A promising case management program

Reviewed 7 years ago

Overall, I am very satisfied with HoudiniESQ. I have used the one-account free version to manage the cases for my budding law firm for several months now. The program is relatively straight-forward. Many of the program's parameters can be readily customized, which I appreciate. Also, it can upgraded to accommodate my growing legal practice. Customer service is generally pretty on-point when it comes...

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HoudiniESQ FAQs and common questions

HoudiniESQ has the following pricing plans:
Pricing model: Free, Subscription
Free Trial: Available


HoudiniESQ has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business


HoudiniESQ supports the following languages:
English


Yes, HoudiniESQ has an API available for use.


HoudiniESQ integrates with the following applications:
Microsoft Outlook, QuickBooks Online Advanced, Gmail, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Word


HoudiniESQ offers the following support options:
Knowledge Base, Email/Help Desk, Phone Support

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