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Smokeball Features

Features Summary

Functionality

4.7

/5

256

Total features

70

8 categories

Smokeball features

Access Controls/Permissions
Accounting
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts/Notifications
Archiving & Retention
Audit Trail

Common features of Legal Case Management software

API
Access Controls/Permissions
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts/Notifications
Billable Items Tracking
Billing & Invoicing
Calendar Management

Price starts from

39

/user

Per month

Pricing options
Free plan
Subscription
Free trial

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Contenders comparison

Functionality

4.7

/5

256

Price starts from

39

/user

Per month

Total Features

70

Unique features

  • Forms Management

  • Audit Trail

  • Docket Management

  • Drag & Drop

Functionality

4.6

/5

648

Price starts from

43.95

/user

Per month

Total Features

62

Features in Common

34

Unique features

  • API

  • Invoice Creation

  • Automatic Billing

  • Invoice Processing

Functionality

4.4

/5

689

Price starts from

39

/user

Per month

Total Features

101

Features in Common

64

Unique features

  • Timesheet Management

  • Forms Automation

  • Project Management

  • Time Tracking by Project

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Brooke A.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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I Love Smokeball

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

I love Smokeballs features. The document automation saves me time and headache with formatting. The integration features make sure that nothing I do is missing in the client files. The cases are always complete. the ease of integration for the products that I use is excellent and seamless. The time tracking capabilities help make sure that I don't miss a billable.

Cons

They recently updated the mobile software so it is more difficult to use on a tablet or my phone.

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Richard D.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Smokeball user review

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

Product layout, user training, user support, and migration support from a prior product are all great. Feature-rich. Provide a workflow for tasks and has stage control for matters.

Cons

I would like to be able to color code entries on the calendar. The workflow is easy to use but you cannot put tasks on the calendar as an event; they only go on as a task. I'm not great at using tasks that pop up for a given day. I would prefer that they could populate the calendar with a date and time.

Vendor response

Rich, thank you for your review. We're so glad you're finding value in Smokeball and that the transition from your previous software was easy thanks to our migration and support staff. We're always here if you need us, and I've passed your feature suggestions along to our product team.

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Lee P.

Law Practice, self-employed

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend1/10

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Smokeball does not have legal forms as advertised; and does not interact with G calendar

Reviewed 5 years ago

I foolishly jumped in and signed up for a one-year deal with Smokeball. After I explained the shortcomings of their product and my need to buy additional software to make their software work, I asked to be released from my one year contract. Somkeball denied the request. I would strongly look for a product that is less expensive and has some type of money back guarantee.

Pros

The staff is friendly and tries to assist.

Cons

I bought the software for the forms library that you could use in your practice. I am a small practitioner in Oklahoma. However, the forms library for Oklahoma, and most states, is non-existent. Smokeball costs more than other practice software packages. I purchased it for these forms, but had to buy forms elsewhere. Smokeball does not interact with Google products including Google calendar even with work-arounds. My work was all automated through Google calendar. I worked with trying to use the work-around recommended, but none worked. To use Smokeball, I would have had to buy additional soft-ware. This made the one stop shop advertised by Smokeball not work for me at all.

Vendor response

I'm incredibly sorry to hear this, but want to clarify two points for any likeminded readers here: (1) It is true that we have more forms in some states than others. That's due to how many active users we have in each state; obviously as we grow in some states we add more forms. When users, say in Oklahoma, sign up and see that they need more forms, they can request that our dedicated Content team...

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Jennifer G.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Smokeball makes practice management easy

Reviewed 4 months ago

They have great customer service, each time a new feature comes out they help with acclimation, and they are big enough that they have integrations with basically all components of legal practice, which makes the software even more valuable, and true practice management.

Pros

We started using smokeball many years ago when they had less integrations, but it was great for keeping all client documents in once central place, and for document automation. Now they have integrations with many other products we use, like Chicago Title, Court filings, billing, which make the software even more useful. The interface is really easy to use and did not have much of a learning curve

Cons

The billing software is not super intuitive. I also do not like that the price keeps increasing.

Vendor response

Thanks for your review, Jennifer. We're so glad that Smokeball is making your work life easier and more efficient. We're always here for you!

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Nadine B.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Best Software for Legal Document Management

Reviewed 7 months ago

I have nothing but great things to say about Smokeball. It has made the practice of law easier than its ever been.

Pros

I've been waiting for a document management program like Smokeball my entire legal career! I liked many things about Smokeball, but in particular is the ease of use and variety of features.

Cons

It takes a bit of time to load when first powering up in the morning.

Vendor response

Nadine, it's so awesome to hear that Smokeball was the solution you were seeking your whole career! Glad you're finding it easy to use. Thanks for the feedback on the slow load time. We're working on updates to address this, which should be released early next year.

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Jessica F.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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The BEST software for small firms

Reviewed 4 years ago

We have two offices that are 200 miles apart, so the Communicate and Task features help us stay connected and working as a team. Our efficiency has grown, as well as the ability to keep up with retainer replenishments.

Pros

Smokeball is the best case management and billing software I've used during my 6 years as a paralegal. I am with a small firm, and my time is extremely important, so the AutoTime feature is my absolutely favorite part about Smokeball. It has saved me countless hours on billing.

Cons

The mobile app does not track your time, so we don't use it often. We have been told that Smokeball is working on that feature.

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Spensyr Ann K.

Legal Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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I am a happy Associate!

Reviewed 4 years ago

This is by far the easiest to use platform with the most robust time capturing options that I have ever used!

Pros

What a time saver! Smokeball is by far the easiest to use matter management and timekeeping platform I have used in my career. As an associate I really appreciate all the bells and whistles I can access that make the admin portions of my work (especially timekeeping) so much easier! This is a huge benefit to me, the firm, and our clients! And I can access it on my iPhone in a pinch!

Cons

I only wish the automatic time capturing also captured my time spent in research online and in Lexis! Then practice life would be such a breeze!

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James H.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great platform, great Outlook email syncing, just no ability to automatically monthly invoice.

Reviewed 3 years ago

My experience with Smokeball was great. If Smokeball had the features I needed that MyCase had, I would have stayed with Smokeball. I liked the look of Smokeball better.

Pros

It was very user friendly and looked easy to use. Very customizeable. The Email syncing feature is great if you use Outlook. You can not only send emails when you're logged-in to Smokeball (which connects the email to the matter), but you can also send emails out of Outlook and you can click on a button on the bottom of the email screen and connect that incoming/outgoing email to a Smokeball matter. Can create custom fields. Can set-up intake forms with fields, that can be sent to the potential client for them to fill-in that automatically in-loads to their contact info in Smokeball.

Cons

Not able to set-up automatic repeat invoicing. If you have a client (such as a criminal defense client that needs to make monthly payments and want to, when you're setting up the client's case, set-up future invoices to go out to the client for them to be able to pay on-line, Smokeball can't accomplish this. The only platform I found that was able to do that is MyCase. This is a lifesaver for my criminal-defense firm. It only syncs with Outlook and not Gmail.

Vendor response

Thanks for your review, James. We are constantly looking for ways to improve the user experience with our software, so this feedback is very much appreciated.

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Jamie J.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great software for small law practice

Reviewed 4 years ago

We couldn't run our office without this software.

Pros

Ease of document automation, workflow set up, time & billing, integration with Office products.

Cons

It's automation in pdf is weird to me but I have not played with it or watched any webinars on it yet.

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Karen R.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great Software for small law firms

Reviewed 4 years ago

Overall, Smokeball is a great program for large and small law firms. The ability to integrate e-mail, Word and Adobe is way better than the program we used to have, and the layout and organization is wonderful.

Pros

I love the ease of use and the ability to always have access to documents even after they are deleted. Nothing is ever lost. I also like the ease of converting documents to .pdf for filing with the court.

Cons

The biggest drawback for me is the inability to customize containers for info that we would use in our office setting. The information containers are set by the developer and even though we have input on what we would like to see, they do not always implement our suggestions because it would not be used widely by other users.

Vendor response

Thanks for your feedback, Karen.

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Dustin L.

Legal Services, self-employed

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Smokeball is Great

Reviewed 4 years ago

Great

Pros

Form suites, automatic time tracking, document generation using forms, email integrations.

Cons

Offline access to documents when they have not been saved locally already.

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Salvatore T.

Legal Services, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great CRM for Law Firms

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

Smokeball is very helpful in streamlining processes and increasing efficiency. You can assign tasks to users and auto populate a procedure with deadlines and assignments. Very useful.

Cons

There are still some bugs with the reporting feature of the software but the developers and support are easily accessible to assist and they are working on updates and fixes.

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Letisha L.

Law Practice, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Excellent product!

Reviewed 4 years ago

Implementation was super smooth and the support people are so responsive and helpful. It's amazing!

Pros

Smokeball is great because of it's auto document generation, billing integration, calendaring and tasking system, calendar integration, email integration, document version tracking, and work flow set ups.

Cons

The cost is high but that's really to be expected with how much you are getting out of this software.

Vendor response

Thanks for the review, Letisha.

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Sidney S.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Smokeball

Reviewed 4 years ago

Awesome!!

Pros

The is software is extremely user friendly. It saves a ton of time with templates for documents you regularly draft. Also, the absolute best part is the app you can download on smartphone which lets you access your files anywhere and anytime.

Cons

Honestly nothing. Smokeball is a huge time saver and I am so glad our firm did the switch.

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Sara E.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Very adaptable and overall excellent legal case management system

Reviewed 2 years ago

Excellent. Support and account managers are always very responsive and helpful.

Pros

Customization, document automation, many features I haven’t fully explored. Syncing and integrations with other software.

Cons

Not sure if it’s a Smokeball issue but have had issues with the outlook add-in at times. Would be nice if software would also integrate with g-suite.

Vendor response

Thank you for the review, Sara! Feel free to reach out and let us know if you need anything.

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Hannah F.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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More effective and productive work environment

Reviewed 4 years ago

The benefits of this program have overall created a more effective and productive work environment. The ability to create workflows and stages is very helpful and is used almost everyday. Missing deadlines while using this program are hard to come by.

Pros

The feature of being able to link Microsoft office with this program has assisted me greatly in the sense that it has minimized the process of completing tasks, preparing documents and emailing with clients. My favorite feature about this software is the ability to link client emails to the file it pertains to within Smokeball. This feature has minimized searching for Emails through my entire Email inbox, and additionally it has helped the firm cut costs on supplies, as we are not printing Emails for the paper file.

Cons

My least favorite feature about this software is the billing portion. My Office manager has had a less than great time attempting to transition to this software from Amicus, of which was the main software at the firm for 20 plus years. With that being said, the customer service help desk has been very helpful and working with this firm to create what we need.

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V. Diane M.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Associate Attorney

Reviewed 4 years ago

Just about the time we got Smokeball we reduced our secretarial staff, so I was forced to prepare most of my own pleadings. Smokeball has made it possible for me to do so. I am always anxious to find out more about what Smokeball can do as, I suspect that I am only using a portion of the total functions available.

Pros

I like the fact that you can click on a file and easily find the document you are looking for; that it tracks your time and can easily be entered into Smokeball billing; that you can find documents by doing a search; that there is assess to the court forms of other jurisdictions and when opened, they are populated with the information in the file; that I am reminded daily about the tasks that I entered; I also like the communicate function which I just found.

Cons

I wish that I could print the memos that I prepare (although I found that I can send them through communicate); I wish there was more training with the pi functions (although I may have missed them); also I wish that I could print the task pages because I often make lists in the "Detail" box.

Vendor response

Thanks for your glowing review. I've forwarded your questions to your account manager who will be in touch in case we can be more helpful getting everything just right!

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Edward C M.

Legal Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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An Invaluable Tool for Lawyers

Reviewed 4 years ago

Smokeball has increased my firm's ability to organize our client database and keep it updated and available on a moments notice.

Pros

The organization and accessibility Smokeball provides for my practice is invaluable. The integration of Word, Outlook, and the Smokeball overlay keeps all client matters easily organized and accessible from the cloud. Smokeball was integral for my practice to transition from paper heavy documents to a digitally based system. The ease of access provides on the spot support and client records by laptop or phone when at court or remote locations. As a bonus Smokeball integrates automatic billing through calendar and email events to help me keep track of billable hours. I am, and will continue to be, a dedicated and satisfied user.

Cons

The only con is the necessary time to input basic information on a client and client matter. However, once the initial input is complete it is transferable to new client matters.

Vendor response

Thank you for this positive review. We love hearing the things that are working, but are also cognizant of the time it takes to input new data, too. We're always working to streamline this process for you. More to come!

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Deidre' S.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Good system

Reviewed 7 months ago

Good platform, very user friendly and good for the attorney and attorney's office.

Pros

Smokeball is a great platform. I've used Clio and MyCase, both of which are good, but I like Smokeball best.

Cons

The document integration was offered but never materialized. Also could be more accessible for the client.

Vendor response

Deidre, thanks so much for your feedback. We're thrilled to hear Smokeball is your favorite legal software. We'll connect with you to learn more about your needs around document integration. We want to ensure you're getting the full value out of your subscription. Thanks!

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Zaia Z.

Law Practice, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Smokeball Review

Reviewed 4 months ago
Pros

Since I began using Smokeball, I must say that without it, I'm not sure how some Law Firms operate at a high level. Smokeball allows for such a great user experience that benefits the Firm and the clients. Case management software can be clunky and difficult to understand however, Smokeball is user friendly, as a UI that makes sense, and they have a wonderful team of experts ready to help in any way that they can.

Cons

I wouldn't say there are many cons about using Smokeball. I guess it would be that you become super dependent on the software. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Vendor response

Zaia, we're so glad that Smokeball is essential to your firm and its success. Love knowing that the user experience has been positive and intuitive for you. We're always here if you need anything!

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Jill S.

Law Practice, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Recommendations for Smokeball

Reviewed 4 years ago

Smokeball has brought our files and materials together in one place. Attorney A doesn't keep his files in one place, then Attorney B keeps them in another. They are all accessible to everyone in the office, no matter is they are working in-house, at home or in court.

Pros

The administrative assistant staffing was definitely frustrated in the beginning of using Smokeball. After using it for 2+ years, the staff will fight to keep it. Access of files and documents from attorney to attorney and staff to staff is so convenient. Documents, notes, calendars, etc. are all kept in one area, which saves going from one program to another to access documents and calendars.

Cons

The setup of getting all office files installed took awhile for us to set up. Also, we don't use many of the templates that Smokeball offers. Another con is that some of our users are unwilling to learn Smokeball even though they have been offered training and Smokeball is very willing to train.

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Jacob H.

Legal Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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One Year Later

Reviewed 4 months ago

Overall, the experience has been excellent. Other than the mobile application leaving much to be desired, the desktop-based application has been fantastic. They offer a wide variety of functionality, and their technical development team has been incredibly helpful in responding to our communications with them. There is so much good to be said about the product offered. Having seen a number of other practice management solutions, nobody else comes close to the full functionality of Smokeball for most practice areas.

Pros

Smokeball is an incredibly easy platform to use, and is a true "all in one" platform for practice management.

Cons

Smokeball's mobile application needs serious work.

Vendor response

Jacob, we're so glad to hear that your experience with Smokeball has been fantastic and that when it comes to practice management solutions, no one comes close to Smokeball! We so appreciate your 5-star review.

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Troy C.

Legal Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Smokeball Review - Cost = $$$$ - Value = Priceless!

Reviewed 8 months ago

Very friendly and helpful and out to see you succeed and get the most from the software. Everyone seems to have law firm experience from the Implementation Specialist and Account Manager who have many years of experience as a Paralegal to the Billing Trainer who is a Lawyer and they know what they are recommending or helping with and why. You are not alone, you have a great support staff, video training, webinar training, one on one training etc. Believe it or not...the Sales guy didn't lie.....pretty much everything he sold us on during the demo is true!

Pros

It tracks everything. Training and onboarding are fantastic. Customer Support is on top of things and great to help and give feedback. Everyone I have worked with seems to be an expert in the field with solid law firm experience backing their recommendations or help with the software. The integration with Ring Central, Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word is SEAMLESS and PRICELESS! The Communicate App for the Client is great as well and even those clients that have previously said they don't text or use apps now use the Communicate app with ease (and seem to like it).

Cons

There are reports I would like to be able to customize for MY use vs a canned approach. As well as saving Favorite Reports the way I want them ran. I would also like to write my own reports. However, there is a great selection of reports that will make the majority of users very happy. Auto-time sometimes tracks too much time, however, it is better to see all and code those items as non billed vs not seeing the tracked time at all.

Vendor response

Thanks for your thorough 5-star review, Troy! We're delighted that Smokeball was everything you needed--and maybe even more. We appreciate your feedback on reports and are so glad you've enjoyed working with our team. We're here for you!

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Amber W.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Smokeball for the Win!

Reviewed 8 months ago

We needed a new software system because our old one (very old) was aging out of the version we used and was no longer going to be supported. When looking at other options with them, they determined that our firm just wasn't big enough for their software. They tried to sell us on a smaller platform that they had purchased, but after demo-ing for a week I knew it wouldn't work for us. Someone had mentioned...

Pros

The thing I like most about Smokeball is how integrated with other programs it is. I can create and save Word documents from inside the software. E-mails and attachments in Outlook are so easy to link. We changed the way we use our scanner so that it goes to our e-mails instead of a folder on the old server because it is so easy to get the documents into the correct file and name them correctly at the same time through Outlook.

Cons

The only thing I feel like Smokeball is missing is a date calculator. I miss being able to calculate forward and backward choosing calendar days or court days and such. Calendaring rules are great, but sometimes I need to know when I can schedule a motion for BEFORE it is calendared.

Vendor response

Amber, thanks so much for your thoughtful review! We're thrilled that Smokeball is streamlining your processes and making your work more efficient. It's also great to hear that onboarding was easy and that Smokeball is intuitive to your new staff. I'll pass on your great feedback about calendaring dates to our product team. Thanks again!

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Tracy S.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Smokebal

Reviewed 8 months ago

I have used Smokeball for years. The features and customer service are phenomenal. I have used other programs that left me frustrated and having to use multiple programs to obtain less that perfect results. The reporting features let me stay on top of all things case related as well as keeping my firm profitability at my fingertips. I highly recommend Smokeball to everyone!

Pros

The integration with microsoft office, zoom, ring central, infotrack, and now TxDocs make Smokeball my hands down favorite. Smokeball communicate allows clients real time "text" access without having to give out personal numbers and is a wonderful customer service option. Reporting features are especially great for things such as "paid vs. incurred" and litigation deadlines.

Cons

Smokeball and mac are not friends. There is a work-around, but I hope to see mac fully integrated in the future.

Vendor response

Thanks so much for your 5-star review, Tracy. We're thrilled you continue to find so much value in Smokeball and are grateful to have clients like you!