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Overview

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Tabs3 Software is a legal management suite that helps law firms manage all operations related to finances, billing, and practice...

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See why Zola is the FASTEST-GROWING practice management software. Industry-leading features such as patented email management,...

  • 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

69

/user

Per month

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

User reviews

4.7

163

5

4

3

2

1

121

33

5

3

1

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
94%
would recommend this app

4.6

119

5

4

3

2

1

90

20

5

3

1

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
96%
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

When I have a question, I just type it into the help section and I receive either a phone call or email very promptly. As a solo, this product is amazing and does so much.
Integration with email is awesome and our staff gets a sense that your team is continually improving and adding options which makes it even more exciting.
Having the accounting "internal" for both trust & non trust accounts is a great help in not needing to use Quickbooks, then re-enter/log the checks, costs, details.

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

Until recently, we could live with those glitches. However, the software now refuses to delete emails from my Inbox and the company cannot correct this problem.
It has been one of the worst conversions we have ever experienced.
There isn't much to say in terms of negative content that I personally have experienced.
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  • Last reviewa month ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review3 months ago

Key features

  • Total features53
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accrual Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Asset Accounting
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Billing
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Billable Items Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Rate Management
  • Built-in Accounting
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Case Management
  • Case Notes
  • Check Writing
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • Core Accounting
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Cross Ledger Posting
  • Customer Database
  • Customer Statements
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Deadline Management
  • Docket Management
  • Document Automation
  • Document Capture
  • Document Check-In/Out
  • Document Classification
  • Document Generation
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • Fee Calculation & Posting
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Financial Management
  • For Family Law
  • For Legal Professionals
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • General Ledger
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Legal Case Management
  • Microsoft Outlook Integration
  • Mobile App
  • Project Time Tracking
  • QuickBooks Integration
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Receipt Management
  • Records Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SMS Messaging
  • SSL Security
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Summary Reports
  • Task Management
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Tax Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Timer
  • Timesheet Management
  • Trust Accounting
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features92
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Accrual Accounting
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Asset Accounting
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Billing
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Billable Items Tracking
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Billing Rate Management
  • Built-in Accounting
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Case Management
  • Case Notes
  • Check Writing
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • Core Accounting
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Cross Ledger Posting
  • Customer Database
  • Customer Statements
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Deadline Management
  • Docket Management
  • Document Automation
  • Document Capture
  • Document Check-In/Out
  • Document Classification
  • Document Generation
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Management
  • Expense Tracking
  • Fee Calculation & Posting
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Financial Management
  • For Family Law
  • For Legal Professionals
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • General Ledger
  • Invoice Management
  • Invoice Processing
  • Legal Case Management
  • Microsoft Outlook Integration
  • Mobile App
  • Project Time Tracking
  • QuickBooks Integration
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Receipt Management
  • Records Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • SMS Messaging
  • SSL Security
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Summary Reports
  • Task Management
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Tax Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • Timer
  • Timesheet Management
  • Trust Accounting
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations6
  • Box
  • Clio
  • DocuSign
  • Dropbox Business
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • LawPay
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • NetDocuments
  • OneDrive
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations19
  • Box
  • Clio
  • DocuSign
  • Dropbox Business
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • LawPay
  • Mailchimp
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • NetDocuments
  • OneDrive
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Quickbooks Online
  • Xero
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Tabs3

Excellent software suite and great support.

Reviewed 3 years ago

We have used the STI suite of products since 1990 and added PracticeMaster in 2003. The software is user friendly, highly customizable and the support is excellent.

Pros

The flexibility of customizing reports and customizing areas of practice in PracticeMaster.

Cons

Would like to see more financial/dashboard options.

Vendor response

Lisa, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review! Dashboards will be coming to the Financials and Tabs3 in our next version. We appreciate your feedback very much! - Emily L., Software Trainer

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Tabs3

Rock Solid

Reviewed 7 years ago

I am a long-time Tabs3 fan. The program is a mature contender in the time and billing market. It is stable, intuitive, provides powerful reporting and integrates with its own financial suite and case manager (PracticeMaster) or QuickBooks. New versions happen slowly but steadily and always take into account the needs and requests of users. Gotta love a company that listens.

Pros

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Cons

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

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Satisfied Customer

Reviewed 2 years ago

We have used Tabs3 for billing since before I started (16 years ago), but we used another practice management software for a while before switching to PracticeMaster. We recently made the change from the basic version to the Platinum version. The price difference was the hurdle, but the features in Platinum are valuable. Support has been very good over the years.

Pros

We have added fields in PracticeMaster to track information that we want available, and those fields are then available in the Report Writer. For example, we added a tab for our Estate Planning matters to track which documents were created for them and whether we are storing the originals or if the client has the originals. Report Writer allows you to create custom reports pulling information from PracticeMaster. I wish you could pull more information from other parts of the Tabs3 Suite in the reports. While we are slow to incorporate new features into our daily use, I find many of them valuable. We have just started to use the email statement feature which isn't very new.

Cons

There is so much to the software that it can take a new user a little while to get up to speed on it. It takes some training to know where to enter information so that it syncs correctly between the different parts of the software. We need to be more proactive about learning about the features and functionality. We don't have a reseller that helps us implement them.

Vendor response

Katherine, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We appreciate your feedback. There are some tools available to pull data from other areas of the software for reports--if you're interested, reach out to Support and we can talk to you about them! Thanks again! - Emily L., Software Trainer

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Tabs3

Reliable and Convenient

Reviewed 2 years ago

We have used the product for over 30 years and are impressed with the continued updating to keep current with new technology. I am looking forward to one day being able to "dial" the client through VOIP integration already in the office.

Pros

The fact that this suite of programs interact with each other is wonderful. Everyone in the office can work in the programs simultaneously and have access to all information about any one of the clients. If one staff member enters information, notes, scans documents, enters time or costs for a client, every person will have access to that same information. This solves a lot of explaining to clients "I will ask her when she comes in if that document is ready" because the document is right there attached to their client information for all to see. Of course, you can limit by group which staff members can access what information depending on security of certain financial rights.

Cons

If you have more than one person writing checks, you must wait for the other person to finish before you can print your checks. There isn't a "stacking" policy in the payables program.