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Overview

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Tabs3 Software offers intuitive legal billing and practice management solutions that combine security with advanced performance....

Category Leaders

CosmoLex is the ONLY Cloud-based, all-in-one practice management, billing, AND accounting system (No QuickBooks Required).

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

32

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

89

/user

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.7

169

5

4

3

2

1

127

33

5

3

1

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
95%
would recommend this app

4.7

310

5

4

3

2

1

241

57

7

3

2

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

Pros

For me, the billing and reporting functions are great. Customer support is accessible, knowledgeable and a big help.
Maintenance is awesome and worth every penny. Flexibility in use with other programs is absolutely flawless.
I have been using this software for over 15 years and I still love it. With every upgrade they have listened and thoughtfully made great upgrades.

Pros

The technical support has been excellent, both from their quick responsiveness and their ability to solve any issues I may have.
My overall experience with CosmoLex has been excellent. The initial onboarding process was very useful and the data migration from my previous accounting software program was quite seamless.
Cosmolex is by far the best Legal Management Software on the market. The accounting is superior and specific to the legal industry and the client management options are unmatched.

Cons

You have to do a reverse update to open and print old charges which is annoying when that info is needed. I print the bill each month so that I have the record handy.
Somewhat uncomfortable with use for flat fees.
It is very difficult to navigate and hard to learn if you are not trained well, and especially if you do not have significant bookkeeping experience.

Cons

Then why am I paying to use Cosmolex. Lastly, the customer service has been consistently terrible.
The only difficulty our firm has had has been in discerning how to remove or amend charges to clients once they have been billed and once payment has been received.
Second, when I chatted someone to find this "update" they could not find it or direct me to it. The lack of integrations (and the integrations they are getting) is really problematic.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review21 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review8 days ago

Key features

  • Total features53
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accrual Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Asset Accounting
  • Audit Management
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Billing
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Billable Items Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Rate Management
  • Built-in Accounting
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Calendar Sync
  • Case Management
  • Case Notes
  • Check Writing
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contract/License Management
  • Court Rules-Based Scheduling
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Cross Ledger Posting
  • Customer Database
  • Customer Statements
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Docket Management
  • Document Automation
  • Document Capture
  • Document Check-In/Out
  • Document Classification
  • Document Generation
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Email Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • Fee Calculation & Posting
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • For Family Law
  • For Lawyers
  • For Legal Professionals
  • For Small Businesses
  • Full Text Search
  • General Ledger
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Invoice Creation
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Legal Case Management
  • Microsoft Outlook Integration
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Nonprofits
  • Online Invoicing
  • Project Management
  • Receipt Management
  • Reminders
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SSL Security
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Staff Calendar
  • Status Tracking
  • Summary Reports
  • Task Management
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Tax Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Timer
  • Trust Accounting
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features93
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accrual Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Asset Accounting
  • Audit Management
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Billing
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Billable Items Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Rate Management
  • Built-in Accounting
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Calendar Sync
  • Case Management
  • Case Notes
  • Check Writing
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contract/License Management
  • Court Rules-Based Scheduling
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Cross Ledger Posting
  • Customer Database
  • Customer Statements
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Docket Management
  • Document Automation
  • Document Capture
  • Document Check-In/Out
  • Document Classification
  • Document Generation
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Email Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • Fee Calculation & Posting
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • For Family Law
  • For Lawyers
  • For Legal Professionals
  • For Small Businesses
  • Full Text Search
  • General Ledger
  • Income & Balance Sheet
  • Invoice Creation
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Legal Case Management
  • Microsoft Outlook Integration
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Nonprofits
  • Online Invoicing
  • Project Management
  • Receipt Management
  • Reminders
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SSL Security
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Staff Calendar
  • Status Tracking
  • Summary Reports
  • Task Management
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Tax Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Timer
  • Trust Accounting
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations6
  • Box
  • Clio
  • DocuSign
  • Dropbox Business
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • LawPay
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • NetDocuments
  • OneDrive
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • Slack
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations13
  • Box
  • Clio
  • DocuSign
  • Dropbox Business
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • LawPay
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • NetDocuments
  • OneDrive
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • Slack
  • Xero
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

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Noah G.

Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Noah's TABS Review

Reviewed 3 years ago

Very solid. Now that I'm using both TABS and Cosmolex, I can see how TABS is easier in regards to entering time.

Pros

Loved the shortcuts when entering time for attorneys. Also like the "reprint single updated statement" option for quickly accessing old invoices for clients.

Cons

It's not exactly intuitive. You need to be trained on it to an extent. Our old bookkeeper taught me how to use it, but my knowledge isn't as extensive as it should be.

Vendor response

Noah, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to leave a review, we appreciate your feedback! We're always looking for suggestions from our users on how to make Tabs3 even better. If you'd like to offer suggestions, you're welcome to reach out to us. Thank you again! - Emily L., Software Trainer

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Hannah F.

Legal Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend3/10

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TABS3 has potential but the interface is outdated

Reviewed 3 years ago

Our firm switched to Cosmolex, which I've found much more user friendly and easy to use. I much prefer it. TABS seems like a software that was invented at the dawn of the computing age and has been much improved upon in later iterations and should probably just retire or completely rebrand.

Pros

Searching for clients is simple and entering time is relatively easy. The hot keys/shortcuts option is good for repetitive or redundant entries and saves a lot of time.

Cons

Finding past invoices is much more difficult than it should be and the interface as a whole takes a lot of experience and know-how to navigate efficiently. It is not user-friendly or very intuitive. Tasks that seem like they should be the simplest seem to be hidden in layers of over complicated options and confusing defaults.

Vendor response

Hannah, Thank you for taking the time out of your day to leave a review! We're always working on making Tabs3 better, it's our goal to make Tabs3 the best possible software for law firms. We're going to continue working on making the user experience even better. Thank you again for using Tabs3, and for taking the time out of your day to give us feedback! - Emily L., Software Trainer

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Legal Services, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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Tabs3

Cumbersome and Outdated

Reviewed 3 years ago

It is very difficult to navigate and hard to learn if you are not trained well, and especially if you do not have significant bookkeeping experience. Would not recommend this to anyone.

Pros

It does seem to have lots of features and capabilities. However, many of them are not easily found, or require too many steps to be efficient.

Cons

It is not at all intuitive. Instead of one platform/dashboard (as in a program like CosmoLex), there are multiple programs for different functions. Sometimes, to complete a single transaction you have to use two or even three of the programs. It's nearly impossible to find a comprehensive client report with a top-down view of the client's status. There seem to be lots of unnecessary steps added to very basic requests. The whole program has an outdated, unaesthetic appearance.

Vendor response

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We've been working hard on adding features and streamlining the workflow between different programs over the last year or so. I'd definitely suggest taking a look at the new Tabs3 Matter Manager in Version 2020 for a comprehensive look at what's happened recently on a matter! Version 2020 has also added dashboards to all the modules for keeping up to date with what you need to do at a glance. Thank you again for taking the time to leave a review--we hear you, and we hope that we can make Tabs3 a product you'd be happy to recommend. - Emily L., Software Trainer

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Eric D.

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Law Practice, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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CosmoLex

Practice Management and Accounting in One

Reviewed 3 years ago

One of the biggest things Cosmolex has done for us is allow us to bring out bookkeeping in-house. We went through 3 bookkeeping firms in 2 years and spent huge sums of money for our accountants to undo the mess they made. Our first year end with Cosmolex and in-house bookkeeping was a little rough but that was mostly cleaning up past mistakes.

Pros

The product is generally pretty simple to use. Sometimes you will encounter a quirk that makes you wonder "why did they do it like this?" but once you understand the logic behind it you pick up quickly. The software is updated quite regularly.

Cons

They were purchased by Tabs3 about a year ago and the fact that they are not independent is a little concerning.