As a company, we take great pride in the documentation we provide for our software. There are multiple resources for finding information about how the software works. The following provides information on the various documentation resources, including how to access them and the primary uses for each resource.
While in the software, Help can be accessed via , F1, or Help | Help Topics. Help files provide topics on the following:
There are multiple ways to find information in the Help:
The Knowledge Base can be accessed from within the software via Help | Internet Resources | Knowledge Base or at support.Tabs3.com. The Knowledge Base provides articles on the following:
The Knowledge Base can be used to Search by Article ID or Search all Text. There are more than 800 Knowledge Base Articles.
Quick Guides can be accessed via the icon in the Help topic, via Help | Documentation, or at Tabs3.com/docs. Quick Guides spotlight basic information on specific features in a brief, graphical format and range from 6 to 11 pages.
Guides can be accessed via the icon in the Help topic, via Help | Documentation, or at Tabs3.com/docs. Guides provide the following:
Guides range from 8 to 107 pages. There are more than 35 Guides, including Quick Guides.
Report packs can be accessed via the icon in the Help topic, via Help | Documentation, or at Tabs3.com/docs. Report packs provide the following:
Report packs range from 11 to 151 pages.
Tip: You can use KB Article R11697, “Report Finder: Info in Tabs3 Billing Reports,” to help determine which report will suit your needs.
Training videos can be accessed via the icon in the Help topic, via Help | Training Videos, or at Tabs3.com/videos. Training videos provide audiovisual tutorials of specific software features. There are more than 90 training videos. Videos range from 1 to 5 minutes.
Do you use the PracticeMaster Matter Manager? Matter Manager presents client and contact information in one easy-to-read window. Emails, phone calls, client notes, documents, and more are organized so that you can see exactly what has been done for the matter and when.
View All Activity for the current matter, or select a specific file from the Record Type Selector such as the matter’s calendar, contacts, documents, fees, journal, or Area of Practice information. If integrated with Tabs3 Billing, you can even view a Billing Summary that includes trust account balances, the current amount due, and the last payment date. Use the Billing Summary to quickly determine the financial value of the case, and convert activities to fees using the (Convert to Fee) button so that nothing gets missed on the client’s monthly statement.
Get the most out of Matter Manager by adding or removing buttons from the Custom Taskbar so that it launches features and reports you use the most.
You will soon find that almost everything you do for a matter in PracticeMaster can be started from Matter Manager. If you want to automatically launch Matter Manager every time you open PracticeMaster, right-click the PracticeMaster desktop icon you use to start the software, select Properties, then add “ /manager” to the end of the Target field.
Matter Manager is a powerful way to track your clients. If you’re not already using it, take a look!
Resetting users incorrectly can be a costly practice in terms of lost time and productivity. It is important to realize the risks involved when users reset other users.
If you are using the Platinum edition of Tabs3 Software, performing any exclusive function when other users are in the software is easy. Use the Log Off Users function to safely close any Tabs3 programs that other users have open, even when users are away from their desks, without worrying about data loss. However, performing those same exclusive tasks in the non-Platinum edition with active users in the software requires that you ask each person to close the software because resetting a user who is in the software can have consequences.
Why is resetting a user not recommended? When the software is used, files are opened, saved, and closed by the server as they are requested by the workstation. When a user exits the software improperly, either by an unexpected computer shutdown, or being reset by another user, files that were opened by the server are not closed. Therefore, errors can occur when another user tries to access the same files. Users should always exit the software properly, and the resetting of users should only be performed for specific scenarios.
When is it ok to reset a user?
When resetting a user, a Reset Confirmation window will be displayed. You must select each check box before the Reset Now button is available. This is intentionally designed to help prevent unnecessary resetting of users.
Manager access rights are required in order to reset other users. Users who are not managers can reset themselves, but cannot reset other users.
If you suspect that users are being reset at your firm without first verifying that they are out of the software, there is an easy way to check. Each time a user is reset, an entry is made to the Reset Log (View | Log Files | Reset Log). We strongly recommend that you periodically review the Reset Log to help ensure best practices are being implemented.
For more information on resetting users, check out Knowledge Base Article R10789, “Resetting Users.”
Taking the time to be prepared and educating your employees about resetting users and how to properly exit the software can prevent future problems and save you time and money.
Did you know that the Tabs3 Billing software comes with a one-user “Try Before You Buy” basic license of PracticeMaster that is free to use? If you don’t already use PracticeMaster, this basic license provides the ability to try out PracticeMaster and see how much practice management software will benefit your firm. Think you don’t need dedicated practice management software? If you’re relying on programs not designed for law firms, you’re missing out.
The Try Before You Buy basic license includes:
Give PracticeMaster a chance to change the way your law firm runs by saving time and money using the free one-user “Try Before You Buy” basic license. You’ve got nothing to lose.
For more information about PracticeMaster features included in the “Try Before You Buy” license, also known as PracticeMaster Basic, see Knowledge Base Article R11548, “PracticeMaster Feature Comparison.” If you have any questions regarding PracticeMaster features, contact your local consultant, or contact Technical Support at (402) 419-2210.
When was the last time you reviewed the fields set up for history tracking in PracticeMaster? History tracking is an optional feature that can be used to maintain a detailed audit trail of all additions and changes to specific fields in a file.
When history tracking is turned on, you can access the Record History window for a particular record one of three ways:
The Record History window shows a list of all changes to the record and can be resized as needed. You can sort records in Field or Date Order, select changes for a specific user, and select changes for a specific field.
Double-click a line item to open the View Field History window. This window shows both the Old Value and the New Value of the field.
Perhaps not all pertinent PracticeMaster fields have been configured for history tracking. You can determine which fields have been set up to track history by printing a File Definition report. From this list, you can identify which fields should be changed. Once you have a list of fields for which you want history to be tracked, you can make the desired changes in File Maintenance.
To print a File Definition report
To enable history tracking on a field
For more information on history tracking, including history file size, things to keep in mind when enabling this feature, and fields for which history tracking cannot be enabled, press F1 from any PracticeMaster window, and on the Index tab enter the keywords “history tracking”.
Drill-down capabilities provide the ability to quickly access data while previewing reports. Additionally, drilldown is available in entry lists (WIP only), the Tabs3 Billing Matter Manager, PracticeMaster Matter Manager, and Tabs3 Billing Recap of Hours.
For a complete list of reports and features with drill-down capabilities, refer to Knowledge Base Article R10646, “Drill-Down Features in the Software.”
Often, the most common source of unbilled costs are the everyday tasks done in your office. Photocopies, faxes, phone calls, and many other tasks can easily be overlooked when entering costs for a client. Simple cost recovery methods can reclaim these expenses as needed. Many manufacturers offer devices that collect information and create an export file, which can be used in Tabs3 Billing.
The Tabs3 Device Interface software takes the export files from most collection devices and converts them into costs that can be imported to Tabs3 Billing. Additionally, it allows you to customize import settings so any standard text file can be converted, even if it is not already configured in the conversion program. This means it is very likely that you can import your task information, regardless of the device’s manufacturer.
To see if the Tabs3 Device Interface will work for you, or to order a license of the Tabs3 Device Interface for your firm, contact your local consultant or call our Sales Department at (402) 419-2200. Information about the Tabs3 Device Interface can also be found in our Knowledge Base Article R10737, “Tabs3 Device Interface Product Information,” and in R11684, “Tabs3 Device Interface Instructions.”
Have you started using the great new navigation features, or are you still using Task Folders? If you’re using Quick Launch, All Actions, and My Actions, then you already know that we provide several customizable ways to access the features you need whether they’re tasks you perform every day, only once a year, or somewhere in the middle.
The following options for navigating the software can be turned on or off via View | Theme Settings.
When selected, the Quick Launch can be used to search for a feature, pin frequently accessed actions and matters, or quickly access a recent action or matter.
When selected, the Home Page adds options for quickly accessing features and information:
The menus in each application provide access to all of the features in the application.
Many keyboard shortcuts are included in the software for power users. Keyboard shortcuts can help save time by keeping your hands on the keyboard more, instead of repeatedly moving to and from the mouse.
For more information on these navigation features and more, check out the Navigating Through Tabs3 Software Video. If you’re not using these navigation features, you’re missing out!
Taskbill is used to export Tabs3 Billing information for electronic submission. Many companies require firms to submit billed fees and costs in a specific format for online electronic billing. Taskbill makes this simple by exporting your existing Tabs3 Billing data into over 100 different predetermined file formats and subformats including LEDES 1998B, Legalgard Parsed Format, LitigationAdvisor, and TyMetrix.
Taskbill also provides flexibility! Information required by some electronic formats is not found in normal Tabs3 Billing fields. You can, however, set up Taskbill to use general text fields such as Custom Fields, Client Notes, and Miscellaneous Lines that are already in Tabs3 Billing to store this information. Exporting the data is as easy as selecting the format you have set up, selecting a client or range of clients, and selecting the statement date. The exported file can then be sent electronically!
To see if the Tabs3 Taskbill Software will work for you, or to purchase a license for your firm, contact your local reseller or consultant, or call our Sales Department at (402) 419-2200. Information about Tabs3 Taskbill is also provided in Knowledge Base Article R10435, “Tabs3 Taskbill Product Information.”
Want to know who backed up the data last and when, or who restored it? You can easily confirm who performed these actions and many more.
The Support Log (View | Log Files | Support Log) can help you determine which processes were run at what time by which user. This log is present for each application, including System Configuration. When running a Support Log, you can optionally specify a date range and/or select specific users. Manager users can access support logs for all applications at the same time via System Configuration (View | Support Log).
Every application includes the options to see when Back Up Data, Data File Integrity Check, and Reindex Files were run, in addition to when data was last restored and updates were last installed, and more. Each application also has information logged that is specific to the application, and although information included can vary, each feature includes who ran it and when it was run. The following are some of the features that are tracked in the Support Log:
With these tools in place, it is easy to quickly assess the various software events that occurred while you were out. This allows you to remain up to speed, even after a well-deserved vacation. More information regarding the Support Log is provided in Knowledge Base Article R11288, “Support Log Information,” and in each program’s “Support Log” Help topic.
Beginning with Version 2020, you can now quickly access statement information via the Tabs3 Billing Matter Manager (File | Matter Manager). Simply click on a Statement from the Matter Manager to display a Statement Information window for that statement. The Statement Information window includes the following:
The Statement Information section shows matter information, the Statement Date, Statement #, the total Billed on the statement, and the total Amount still Due.
The Statement Preview displays a reprint of the statement, using the same functionality as the Reprint Updated Statements program. Like any preview window, you can search, zoom, and print directly from this preview.
The Take Action pane allows you to perform tasks related to the statement, such as reprinting or undoing the statement, adding a payment, or writing off the balance.
Note: This feature is available in Tabs3 Version 2020 beginning in Version 20.2.6.
Tabs3 Financial Software is the best accounting solution for your law firm because it is specifically designed to meet the accounting requirements of law firms. With minimal setup and zero workarounds to satisfy most bar associations, you can print financial statements, write checks, reconcile bank statements, and manage client trust accounts in one easy-to-use and fully integrated software package. Additionally, because Tabs3 Financials is designed to work with Tabs3 Billing, you only need to call one support phone number if you ever have questions.
General Ledger Software (GLS) provides insight into your firm’s business with detail and summary financial statements. The following features are highlights of what GLS has to offer:
Accounts Payable Software (APS) makes bill paying easier. The following features are highlights of what APS has to offer:
Trust Accounting Software (TAS) manages trust accounts for your clients accurately and easily. The following features are highlights of what TAS has to offer:
What is the Client Inactivity Report, and why should you use it? The Client Inactivity Report can be used to identify clients and matters with no activity in a specified time frame, which can help keep clients from slipping through the cracks. This report allows you to do the following:
A Client Inactivity Report can be run in both Tabs3 Billing and PracticeMaster; however, each program provides unique options to run the report.
To run a Client Inactivity Report
Note: By default, the Client Inactivity Report is set to only include clients that are currently active and do not have a Date Closed specified. However, this setting can be changed. From the Client tab, click the Select Status button and select the desired option(s).
In Version 2020, we added the ability to link an electronic copy of a statement or receipt to an invoice, manual check, or EFT transaction in Accounts Payable Software (APS)!
When attaching a file to an invoice, a copy of the file is saved to the APS Invoice folder in the Current Working Directory. Files can be viewed by clicking the link in the Invoice/Manual Check Entry window, or the attachment icon in the Unpaid Invoices List on the Dashboard.
To attach a file to an invoice
This feature was added in Version 220.127.116.114.
Did you know that you can add tabs to the Client, Contact, and Journal files that are specific to an Area of Practice, Contact Category, or Journal Type?
These tabs are called category pages. Category pages are a special type of page that is only shown in the Editor window when the selected client or record is associated with that category. You can use the Form Designer to customize how the pages will look.
Setting up a category page provides a way of showing only those fields that are relevant to the selected “category,” thus reducing the number of visible pages.
In order to create a category page, you must first add any fields specific to the category page to the associated file using File Maintenance (e.g., add the desired fields to the Contact file). Once the fields have been added, the category page and fields must be added to the data entry window using the Form Designer.
To create a category page
Additional information regarding category pages can be found in Knowledge Base Article R10566, “Category Pages in PracticeMaster.”
Beginning in Version 2020, you can now select whether you want the Newsletter Reminder window to pop up each month or not! Once you have updated to Version 20.1.5 or later, the Newsletter Delivery Options window will be displayed when logging in. You can select to either subscribe to the Email Newsletter, or to have the Newsletter Reminder window continue to open after the 14th of each month.
You can always change your mind later. Newsletter Delivery Options can be accessed via the Delivery Options button on the Newsletter Reminder window as well as via the Help | Internet Resources | Newsletter Delivery Options menu.
Every time you open a new matter, what other tasks do you need accomplished? Many items on your to-do list are likely predictable and repetitive. There are people to email, documents to collect, records to update, and the list goes on. Although PracticeMaster can’t do everything on your to-do list, WorkFlows automate many tasks so that you can spend more of your time on the things that need your personal attention.
PracticeMaster WorkFlows react to tasks or activities and start a chain of events that you define in advance. For example, every time you schedule a client meeting, you can use a WorkFlow to assemble an email to the client with meeting details and directions to your office.
You can use WorkFlows to help make sure your office procedures are always followed. For example, if it is your policy that internal meetings are not billed to a client, set up a WorkFlow that will display a popup message when an employee converts an internal meeting to a fee: “You have billed for an internal meeting. Please confirm this is correct.”
WorkFlows can help you keep clients and colleagues informed. When an important milestone in a matter is reached, such as a deposition or court date is set, a WorkFlow can make sure you email all staff and clients involved to let them know. It can also schedule the next calendar milestone, update fields in a file, such as date last contacted or a change to the status, and more. If you use PracticeMaster Platinum, WorkFlows can also send eNotes (with linked PracticeMaster records) around the office to keep everyone on the same page.
WorkFlows are highly customizable and nearly limitless. Each WorkFlow can launch up to 10 activities, including adding or changing records, processing calendar plan templates, running reports, starting a backup, and more. WorkFlows can also create the scenario(s) that will launch additional WorkFlows. WorkFlows can be automatic, with or without confirming that the WorkFlow will launch. You also have the option to set up a user activated WorkFlow that launches when you manually activate it.
Other examples of WorkFlows:
For more information and ideas on WorkFlows that you can use in your office (including instructions for setting them up), check out article R11307, “All About WorkFlows,” in our Knowledge Base.
If you haven’t updated to Version 2020 yet, you are missing out on some great new features! The following features are only some of the enhancements we made for this version:
APS Bank Balances
For in-depth information on all of the new Version 2020 features, including screenshots, refer to Knowledge Base Article R11812, “Version 2020 Introduction to New Features.” A list with links to all Version 2020 information can be found in R11814, “Version 2020 Information and Resources.”
To download Version 2020, select Check for Updates from the Help menu, visit Tabs3.com/update, or contact your local consultant.
If you have any questions about the update, please contact your consultant, or contact Technical Support at (402) 419-2210.
Trust Accounting Software (TAS) and Accounts Payable Software (APS) now support Positive Pay!
Positive Pay Export utility (Checks | Positive Pay Export) allows you to export a list of approved checks that can then be uploaded to your bank or financial institution’s fraud prevention program (commonly known as Positive Pay). The export file is customized separately for each TAS or APS bank account, allowing you to provide the specific information your bank requires.
When you configure a new bank account for Positive Pay, the software walks you through the process of configuring your export file and exporting your first batch of checks. Once you have exported your initial batch of checks, the software tracks which checks have been printed, so you don’t need to specify a date range for future exports.
For more information on this great new feature, check out R11833, “Exporting Checks Using Positive Pay!”
Version 2020 has been released, and there are many great new features! The following features are only some of the enhancements we made for this version:
APS Bank Balances
For in-depth information on all of the new Version 2020 features, including screenshots, refer to Knowledge Base Article R11812, “Version 2020 Introduction to New Features.” A list with links to all Version 2020 information can be found in R11814, “Version 2020 Information and Resources.”
To download Version 2020, select Check for Updates from the Help menu, visit Tabs3.com/update, or contact your local consultant.
If you have any questions about the update, please contact your consultant, or contact Technical Support at (402) 419-2210.
The Statement of Cash Flows Report (Reports | Statement of Cash Flows) in GLS shows how the firm’s cash position has changed over a period of time. It shows the amount of cash earned from profit, where you received additional cash, and where your cash was spent. The report shows how much cash was provided or used by the following types of activities:
Accounts can be classified into the three sections via Account Setup. All Detail Balance Sheet Accounts, except for ones marked as a Bank Account and the Retained Earnings account, can be configured to display in one of the three designated sections. Bank Accounts are excluded because the purpose of this report is to calculate the cash amounts based on the other information. The Retained Earnings account is also excluded because the Net Income (the net change in Retained Earnings) displays at the beginning of the report as a starting point.
To classify accounts as operating, investing, or financing
Do you need to make a change that affects multiple clients or matters? Do you want to save time by changing clients all at once instead of one at a time? Use the Change Client Options program! The Change Client Options program (Maintenance | Client Related | Change Client Options) allows you to change options in the Client file for a range of clients.
You can change options for client setup, rates, billing, and statements. This includes changing the timekeepers assigned to a case, client status, payment settings, fee and cost rate table information, billing status, sales tax and finance charges, statement delivery options, statement format settings, statement notes, and more!
For example, let’s say you have created a new Email Template, and you want to change all clients with a specific primary timekeeper to use this new template. You could edit each client to make the change, but with Change Client Options, you can change all clients at once!
To change all clients with a specific primary timekeeper at once
The Change Client Options program provides several features to help minimize errors. First, you are prompted to back up your data prior to running the program. If you inadvertently change a setting for the wrong clients, or you change the wrong settings, you can restore the backup to undo the changes. Second, the Client ID Thru field is automatically set to 0.00. This prevents an accidental change to all clients across the board. And third, you must click the Select button to specify the exact field(s) to which you want to make changes. Only the fields you select will be available to change; therefore, other fields and settings do not get changed.
The Change Client Options program simplifies global changes, which means you will have more time for your regular tasks!
Transferring and replicating fees and costs just got easier in Tabs3 Billing! With the release of Version 19.1.11, two new buttons have been added to the Fee and Cost Entry windows, allowing you to quickly transfer or replicate an entry.
Transfer Fees and Costs
The ability to transfer fees and costs has long been available using the Transfer Transactions program. However, you can now transfer fee and cost transactions to a different matter directly from the Fee and Cost Entry windows using the new Transfer button. Any fees and costs that have not been final billed and/or updated can be transferred to another client. When transferring a fee or cost, you can optionally select to update the rate to use the new client’s rate, and then recalculate the amount.
Replicate Fees and Costs
In addition to the Transfer option, you can now replicate fees and costs using the Replicate button in the Fee and Cost Entry windows. Replicating fees and costs makes a copy of the transaction and saves it to the desired Client ID. Like the Transfer feature, when replicating a fee or cost, you can optionally select to update the rate to use the new client’s rate, and then recalculate the amount.
Did you know that you can write all matters for a client up or down at the same time?
As of Version 19, when using the Write-Up/Write-Down Fees and Costs program (Statements | Statement Preparation | Write-Up/Write-Down Fees and Costs), an Include All Matters for this Client check box is now available.
Prior to billing, you can use the Write-Up/Write-Down program to write-down unbilled fees, costs, or hours for a client using a range of timekeepers, transaction codes, categories, and/or dates. When writing multiple transactions up or down, each affected transaction’s amount and/or hours is adjusted by an amount proportional to the total adjustment.
When this option is selected, the Write-Up or Write-Down will include transactions for all matters for the specified Client ID. All matters that begin with the same value left of the decimal with work-in-process will be included in the calculated client total based on the criteria selected in the Transaction Selection section.
Statement comments provide the ability to add internal notes to fee, cost, client funds, and payment transactions that will be shown on draft statements, but not on final statements. Additionally, statement comments are included on the Fee and Cost Verification Lists, Detail Work-in-Process Report, and optionally on the Transaction File List and Task Code Billing Report (new for Version 18.104.22.1680).
Statement comments entered for individual fee, cost, payment, or client funds transactions are shown in red. When printing reports or draft statements, statement comments will print with a strike-through character (e.g., “Send statement by the 2nd”).
To create a Statement Comment
Note: Alternatively, you can enter all desired text, highlight the portion you want to have shown as a statement comment, and then select Statement Comment from the right-click menu.
A new look, faster processing time, and better reporting – Data File Integrity Check (DFIC) has been updated for Version 19!
The Data File Integrity Check window has been updated to include information on the last completed integrity check and provides a link to the last report with errors. You can optionally run a Full Scan or a Limited Scan (previously Read Only). The Full Scan requires exclusive access to the program, providing a complete check of your data and automatically fixing certain errors. The Limited Scan can be run while other users are in the software; however, it is typically slower to complete, may not report all errors, and cannot automatically correct any issues that it identifies.
Faster Processing Time
In the Platinum version of the software, the Tabs3 Billing and PracticeMaster DFIC is now processed at the server using the Platinum accelerators. This reduces network traffic as well as the time it takes to complete.
When errors are encountered, a PDF of the Data File Integrity Check Error Report is automatically created and stored in the Current Working Directory. The software will maintain the last five reports for each program. The latest report can be accessed from the Data File Integrity Check window, and all five can be accessed from the Support Log (View | Log Files | Support Log). The DFIC Report has been enhanced to be easier to read, and includes information about how long the report took to complete and what options were used. See KB Article R11796, “Data File Integrity Check Error Reports” for additional information about what is included on these updated reports.
Version 19 has just improved how you look at your worked hours.
In both Tabs3 and PracticeMaster, a new graphical Recap of Hours replaces the Fee Recap window. The Recap of Hours has also been added to Tabs3 Connect. This window contains a graph, providing billable and non-billable hours and amounts at-a-glance, with the added ability to also see unprocessed time in PracticeMaster. By default, the bar graph will display the current week, and you can scroll forward and backward in time using the arrows at the top of the graph. Want to review and/or edit fees for a certain day? Simply click on the billable or non-billable time to open the Fee Recap Lookup window, where you can view the fee records or add new records on the fly! In PracticeMaster, click on the unprocessed time to open the Process Timer Records window so you can convert that time into billable fees.
The Recap of Hours can be accessed several ways.
To specify the Default Timekeeper, include a daily target comparison line, and, in PracticeMaster, to include unprocessed timer records, click the icon in the Recap of Hours window.
Although the Recap of Hours will always open to the Default Timekeeper selected, you can also select a timekeeper for the current session. You can even print the Recap of Hours graph by clicking the icon.
Reviewing your time has never been easier!
Are you taking full advantage of the PracticeMaster Quick Clicks Pane? The Quick Clicks pane provides single-click access to a variety of features that will help you navigate your data files, including many of your common activities. For example, if you want to quickly convert a few timer records into fees, you can select the desired records in the List tab of the Journal file, and then click Convert to Fee in the Take Action group of the Quick Clicks pane.
The Quick Clicks pane is available in all PracticeMaster data files and Matter Manager, and is organized into the following groups:
Note: The image to the right shows the Quick Clicks pane for the Client file.
The Quick Clicks pane is also customizable via Manage Quick Clicks. Add, edit, or delete QuickViews, Filters, and Column Layouts; create folders; move items around within each group; and determine which items are shown or hidden! The Manage Quick Clicks window can be accessed via the (Manage) icon in the WorkFlow, Filter, Column Layout, and Customize Current View sections of the Quick Clicks Pane.
The ability to access features and information that you can organize is key, and the Quick Clicks pane helps make it quick and easy to find what you need, without scrolling through what you don’t need.
People rely on their credit cards more and more to pay for things like clothes, medical procedures, and legal services.
Two reasons law firms decide to accept credit cards are because clients pay faster, which allows firms to spend less time collecting on past due bills and clients are more likely to pay their bill in full, which allows firms to reduce the amount they write off.
If you accept credit cards, there is no better way than with Tabs3. Credit card payments can be entered directly into Tabs3, or a link can be emailed to a client for them to pay online. When a client pays online, their payment information can be imported into Tabs3 so there is no double entry. When a credit card payment is entered directly into Tabs3, it is automatically processed and the funds are deposited into your existing bank account.
If you use Tabs3 Trust Accounting Software, you can have trust account payments deposited into a separate account from where processing fees are deducted. This integration takes the guesswork out of bank account reconciliation and helps you comply with many state bars’ rules regarding commingling funds.
We are partnered with ProPay, a TSYS company, to provide you with credit card processing that is better than ever.
If you’re interested in accepting credit cards, you can sign up in minutes at Tabs3.com/ProPay. If you have any questions regarding processing credit cards in Tabs3, contact your local consultant, or contact Technical Support at (402) 419-2210.
Fees can occasionally be entered in an order that may be confusing on a statement. For example, when the statement is printed out, it might look like you reviewed a document before writing the first draft! In Version 19, you can use the Reorder Fees utility to change the order in which fees with the same date are displayed on a single statement.
The order in which fee transactions are printed on a statement is based on three levels:
The Reorder Fees utility (Statements | Statement Preparation | Reorder Fees) lists all work-in-process fees for the selected client. Fees can be moved using the Move Up and Move Down buttons. Moving fees up and down changes the reference number of the fee immediately.
However, keep in mind that fees can only be moved up or down within the same date. For example, if there are three fees dated 2/15, and one fee dated 2/16, only the fees dated 2/15 can be moved.
You can use the Group fees by drop-down option to see what order fees would be listed on a client’s statement based on the Subtotal selected in the Statement Template. When selecting Draft or Final, the fees will be grouped as specified in the Subtotal field of the selected client’s Draft or Final Statement Template.
Take a look at how fees are shown on your clients’ statements, and see how the Reorder Fees utility can help you. Your clients will appreciate the order, and you might get paid faster!
What if you had a place in Tabs3 and PracticeMaster that allowed you to add your most frequently used icons, and then group them together? In Version 19, you can!
The My Actions section of the Home Page can be customized to display the features you use most, including reports. You can even create groups of features for easy categorization! My Actions can be customized in Tabs3 Billing, PracticeMaster, General Ledger Software (GLS), Accounts Payable Software (APS), and Trust Accounting Software (TAS).
To access My Actions, you must have the Home Page open. The Home Page can be opened by default each time you open the software by selecting the Home Page check box in Theme Settings (View | Theme Settings). Alternatively, if the Home Page is not shown, you can open it by pressing Alt+Home or via File | Home Page.
Add your favorite features for quick access.
To add an action
You can also add actions by right-clicking an item in Quick Launch and selecting Add to My Actions, or by hovering over an action on the All Actions tab and clicking the star.
To remove an action, click the minus sign on the action you want to remove.
Groups can be created to help categorize your favorite programs. For example, you could create groups for Daily Tasks, Monthly Reports, or Year-End just to name a few! Assign a color to the folder to make identification easier.
To create a group
You can add actions to an existing group by dragging and dropping an action onto the group icon, or by clicking the group and then clicking the Add Actions button.
To remove a group, click the (Edit Group Properties) icon and click the Delete button.
If you’ve updated to Version 19, then you’re familiar with the new look. But did you know that you can customize it? We introduced several updates to the look of Tabs3 including a new font, larger text size, a tabbed interface, Home page, Quick Launch, and more. Many of these options can be changed via Theme Settings (View | Theme Settings). Let’s take a look at all of the options in the Theme Settings window.
General Settings tab
The General Settings tab of the Theme Settings window allows you to configure what features of the application are shown when you start the software. Theme settings are saved for each user.
The following Navigation options can individually be shown or hidden:
The following Interface options are available
Text Size tab
Did you know that you can see who is currently logged into the software? The Active User List shows you who’s in, and which programs they are currently accessing. This can be helpful when you want to get everyone out of the software for maintenance. By accessing the Active User List via View | Active User List, you can see who you need to have close the software.
When opening the Active User List, a window is displayed with all users who are in the currently open software (e.g., if you open the Active User List from PracticeMaster, users in PracticeMaster will be displayed). Additionally, you can see which computer they are logged into, and which file they are accessing in the software. Manager users will also have an All Systems check box and a Reset button. When the All Systems check box is selected, all users in all programs will be listed. The Reset button allows managers to reset a user, which closes the software on that user’s computer. (Note: Resetting users is not recommended in most situations, and should only be used when the user in question is not in the software.)
Manager users can always access the Active User List, but other users can be given access rights, or have access rights removed for this feature.
To add or remove rights to the Active User List
The next time you want to see who is currently in the software, check out the Active User List!
Did you know that you can write off all or a portion of a client’s accounts receivable balance? When a write off is performed using the Write Off Client program, a special write off record is created and stored in the client ledger file for audit trail purposes and adjustments are made to receipt allocation records. Write offs can also be shown on the next statement (provided a description-only transaction is entered when the write off is performed).
The Write Off Client program is used to write off all or a portion of a client’s accounts receivable balance. If you select to write off an individual statement, you have the option of writing off the entire statement or selecting which portion of the statement you want to write off. You also have the option of writing off the balance for all timekeepers or a specific timekeeper for all statements or an individual statement.
To perform a write off
Additionally, you have the option of reversing a write off if you find the write off was in error, or you want to change the way the write off was performed.
To reverse a write off
With PracticeMaster, you can use timers to track the time you spend on research, planning, correspondence, and more. However, if you don’t turn timers into fees, you may be missing out on valuable time that can be billed to your clients.
The Process Timer Records program (File | Process Timer Records) provides the ability to convert your timer records into fees. You can optionally process records into individual fees or combine multiple timer records into a single fee, provided the records are for the same client.
To select a record in the Process Timer Records window, click in the column or click the to place a check mark next to the record. If you want to remove the check mark from a record, click in the column again or click the . Once one or more records have been selected:
When clicking the Combine to Fee or Convert to Fee buttons, a Convert to Fee window will be opened, allowing you to edit the Fee record before saving. Default Fee record values for each record type (E-mail, Phone, Research, Timer, and more) can be specified via the Convert to Fee settings utility (Maintenance | Preferences | Convert to Fee Settings). Specifying default values such as the tcode, timekeeper, description, and minimum time to bill can help streamline your Process Timer Records routine.
If you’re not already using the Process Timer Records feature, consider adding it to your process to help make sure you’re getting paid for your time.
Creating report definitions for each of the reports your firm runs can help save considerable time, and taking advantage of Report Suites in Tabs3 saves even more time. When your firm prints the same set of reports every year, quarter, month, week, or semi-regularly, report suites offer a one-step option to printing out a predefined set of reports using the report definitions you already have set up.
Multiple suites for different departments or individuals can be created. This allows personalized report suites to be saved and printed for a range of needs including monthly, quarterly, and yearly reports, as well as suites designed specifically for billing, collections, and individual attorneys.
Report suites are easy to set up and even easier to run. To create a new suite of reports, click the Reports menu, point to Report Suite, and select Report Suite Manager. Click New Suite, select a report you want to include from the Available Reports list, and click Add for each report you are including. Available Reports will include any reports with a report definition already set up. Once you have made your report selections, click Save Suite and enter a File Name and Description for the new suite.
When you are ready to run a suite, click the Reports menu, point to Report Suite, and select Run Report Suite. Select the suite you would like to run and click OK. The Run Report Suite window allows you to specify a Base Date and when you want to run the report suite. Report suites can be run at a specific time, after a specific period of time has elapsed, or immediately. This window can also be accessed by clicking the Run Suite button in the Report Suite Manager.
Once the report suite begins processing, each report definition is launched immediately. When you have several reports to run, this can save a great deal of time compared to launching each report individually, selecting a report definition, and then printing. If you have not already taken advantage of Report Suites, try it out and see how much time your firm will save!
Do you have multiple APS checks and/or GLS journal entries that need to be entered each month? Use recurring entries instead of manually entering them every time!
Accounts Payable Software (APS)
Recurring entries can be set up in APS and then added (posted) to the invoice file monthly in a batch. Rent, leases, parking, and mortgage payments are examples of recurring entries.
To add a recurring entry in APS
Once recurring entries have been added to APS, they can quickly be posted using the Post Recurring Entries program. All recurring entries are posted to the invoice file unless the recurring entry is on “hold”. The word “AUTO” (automatic) is posted to the Voucher field for each invoice created from a recurring entry.
To post recurring entries in APS
General Ledger Software (GLS)
Recurring entries can be set up in GLS and then added (posted) to the journal file monthly in a batch. Examples of recurring entries include depreciation, amortization, notes payable, fixed investment income, rent, monthly lease payments, etc.
To add a recurring entry in GLS
Once recurring entries have been added to GLS, they can quickly be posted using the Post Recurring Entries. The Post Recurring Entries program adds a batch of journal entries to the journal entry data file based on the information in the recurring entry file.
To post recurring entries in GLS
Save time by posting all of your recurring entries at once instead of reentering the same information every month!
Did you know that there are multiple calendar reports that can be printed in PracticeMaster? Different reports provide different ways to view your calendar entries and print them.
The Daily Report can include events, tasks, and/or reminders for the selected users and date range. You can select whether entries are listed by type and then by date, or vice versa, and specify what is appended to the description. This report automatically begins each selected user on a different page.
The Daily Report can be accessed via Reports | Daily Report.
Graphical Calendar Report
The Graphical Calendar Report mimics the look of the Daily/Weekly/Monthly Calendar. There are four ways to print the Graphical Calendar Report. Common settings include font, whether to include color, which users to include on the report, and the date range. Additionally, when the Graphical Calendar Report is accessed from the Daily/Weekly/Monthly Calendar, you can select to print a filtered calendar based on the filter selected at the time of printing.
The following selections provide additional options:
The Graphical Calendar Report can be accessed via Reports | Graphical Calendar Report or the (Print) icon in the Daily/Weekly/Monthly Calendar.
Graphical Task List Report
The Graphical Calendar Task List mimics the look of the Task List and includes the columns selected on the Task List tab of the Calendar Properties (Calendar | Calendar Properties). Options that can be selected include color and which User IDs to include. Additionally, a date range can be specified if Incomplete Tasks for Selected Day is selected on the Task List tab of the Calendar Properties.
The Graphical Task List can be accessed via Reports | Graphical Task List or the (Print) icon in the Task List.
In addition to the ability to create your own reports, Report Writer comes with many pre-defined reports that can be edited, copied, and/or deleted. The following calendar reports are among the reports included.
Report Writer can be accessed via Reports | Report Writer.
For examples of each of these reports, take a look at the PracticeMaster Report Pack.
While you are more than likely using alarms on your calendar records, you may not be aware of the scope of how alarms can be set and snoozed.
When creating a calendar entry, you can select a preset value for an alarm, or enter the desired alarm value. Optionally select a value or enter None if you do not want an alarm to be displayed, or use natural language, such as “tomorrow 3pm,” “next week,” “next month,” or “Monday.”
Once an alarm becomes due, the PracticeMaster Alarm Notification window is displayed. From this window, you can mark tasks as completed, clear alarms, and snooze alarms. All alarms are displayed in this window, eliminating multiple alarm windows upon opening PracticeMaster. You can elect to snooze one of the alarms, some of the alarms, or all of the alarms at one time.
When snoozing, the PracticeMaster Alarm Notification window includes the same preset intervals as the Calendar record, but also includes “15 Minutes Before,” “10 Minutes Before,” “5 Minutes Before,” and “1 Minute Before,” provided the interval does not exceed the amount of time until the record’s Start Time. Snoozed alarms are remembered – this means that once an alarm is snoozed, the alarm will not be displayed again until the snooze time indicated, including when you close and reopen PracticeMaster. Additionally, if you are integrated with Microsoft Outlook, snoozing an alarm in one program also snoozes it in the other!
For more information on using natural language in alarms, open the Help by pressing F1 from within the software and enter “natural language” on the Index tab. For more general information on PracticeMaster alarms, enter “alarms” on the Index tab of the Help.
Make sure you don’t miss out on something important by taking advantage of PracticeMaster alarms.
Occasionally, transactions may accidentally be entered for the wrong client. If there are only a couple, it’s easy to just delete them and reenter them for the correct client. However, when there are many transactions, what can you do? Use the Transfer A/R and Transactions utility in Tabs3!
The Transfer Transactions program can be used to transfer unbilled fees, costs, and/or payments between clients. When selecting to transfer fees, costs, and/or payments, you can select a range of transactions based on tcode, timekeeper, category, date, and/or reference number. This can help make sure that you are only transferring the transactions that you want to transfer.
Additionally, if a time comes when you want to transfer one client’s full accounts receivable balance, ledger, archived transactions, and client funds to another client, the Transfer A/R and Transactions utility can also be used. This function will transfer ALL of the client’s ledger records and billing history to another client. It is not possible to only transfer a client’s current A/R without also transferring everything else.
Note: When using the Transfer A/R and Transactions utility, keep in mind that once the transfer has been performed, the only way to undo it is by restoring from a backup.
To transfer transactions between clients
Keep this utility in mind the next time transactions need to be transferred from one client to another client. It can save you significant time.
When working in General Ledger Software (GLS), your accounts do not typically change much once they have been established. Because of this, it’s easy to forget the ins and outs of making changes to the chart of accounts.
Here are some quick instructions to add a new account or make adjustments to existing accounts when the time comes.
To add a new account
Changing and moving accounts
When you want to make changes to an account, there are different types of changes you can make:
Now, when you need to make changes to your Chart of Accounts, you’ll be ready!
Do you want a way to scroll through each file and quickly see the key contents of each record? The SnapShot provides a concise picture of the data contained in individual records using an easy to view format in a single location. When you are viewing a list of records such as a List tab in PracticeMaster or the Client Lookup and Contact Lookup windows in Tabs3, simply click on a single record from the list. All of the key information from the record will be shown in the SnapShot panel.
As you select different records on the list, the SnapShot refreshes with information from each new record. This makes it easy to see the information without actually opening the record. Hyperlinks are provided for phone numbers, e-mail addresses, in both Tabs3 and PracticeMaster, as well as file type fields in PracticeMaster. These fields can open a Send E-mail window, the Phone Dialer window, a Web Browser window, and a file or file location.
SnapShot makes it easy to grab information for a client or contact. After selecting the desired record, you can highlight the name and address block of information and use Ctrl+C to copy the information to the Windows clipboard. You can then paste that information into a document, spreadsheet, e-mail, or any other program that accepts text. If you want to print the SnapShot, simply right-click in the SnapShot panel and select Print.
The position of the SnapShot panel can be changed by right-clicking the SnapShot panel, pointing to the SnapShot menu option and selecting the Right or Bottom menu option. The SnapShot panel can also be resized by moving your cursor over the edge of the panel until your mouse changes to a line with arrows on both ends, clicking the edge of the panel, and dragging the edge to the new size. The size and position of SnapShot panels are stored separately for each User ID.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to work with the SnapShot feature yet, take a closer look. Additional information about the SnapShot feature can be found in Knowledge Base Article R11005, “SnapShot Overview.”
Firm information can change for many reasons, such as when you move, add partners, or the firm splits. Updating the software with your new information is important so that your firm is accurately represented on statements, checks, and more. Informing Tabs3 is also important so that information regarding changes to the software reaches you in a timely manner.
The main changes to firm information are made in System Configuration; however, other changes may also be necessary depending on your use of the software and are outlined below.
You can change your firm’s name, address, phone, website, and Federal ID # in System Configuration’s Firm Information window (File | Open | Firm). Changes to the firm’s name, address, Federal ID #, or phone will prompt you to print and send us a form with the changes. This is so that we can update our records.
Making changes to the Firm Information will automatically change the following information in the software:
Note: When a change to the firm name is made in the Platinum version of the software, all users must exit the Tabs3 software before the change will apply to the Tabs3 and PracticeMaster report headings or the TAS Payee of “FIRM.”
The following changes to statement information may need to be made in Tabs3 Billing for changes to your firm’s information.
In GLS, the Client Name field in the Edit GLS Client program (Utilities | Edit GLS Client) prints as a heading on all GLS reports.
In Tabs3 Remote, the firm name is saved in Customization (Utilities | Customization) and is printed as a heading on all Tabs3 Remote reports.
In TAS, you must change the FIRM payee’s information (File | Open | Miscellaneous | Payee tab) to reflect changes to your firm’s address and/or Federal ID #.
If your firm information changes, make sure you update all of the necessary areas to help make the transition smooth.
Did you know that you can customize your Statement Templates to define how fees, costs, and payments are displayed on your statement and to determine whether billing history, transaction recaps, and more are included? Statement Templates can be saved and assigned to clients or created at the time a statement is generated. There is no limit to the number of Statement Templates you can create and save so you can maintain Statement Templates for every client need.
Statement Templates can be defined via Statements | Statement Setup | Statement Templates.
Statement Templates can be assigned to clients individually, multiple clients at one time, or at the time a statement is generated as a one-off.
For more information on Statement Templates, see the Statement Formatting Guide or refer to the Help files for Tabs3 Billing.
When setting up the software for the first time, the Key Type defaults to Numeric with 2 Decimal Places. However, some firms prefer to include letters in the Client ID or require additional decimal places. Both the Key Type and Decimal Places can be changed after the initial setup is complete, but there are a few things to keep in mind when considering making a change.
Note: Keep in mind that Mixed and Alpha Key Types do not integrate with select legacy cost recovery software programs. Contact Support at (402) 419-2210 for more information regarding legacy cost recovery software.
Changing the Key Type
Prior to changing the Key Type, take into consideration that all existing Client IDs must match the format of the new Key Type. For example, if you are currently set to the Alpha Key Type and you have alpha characters in your Client IDs, then all applicable Client IDs must be renumbered (Maintenance | Renumber | Client) to remove any alpha characters before changing the Key Type to Numeric.
To change the Key Type
A Client ID consists of 11 characters and the decimal place for a total of 12 places. Typically, the portion to the left of the decimal is used to represent the Client, whereas the portion to the right is used to represent the matter. The most common reason to change the number of decimal places is when one or more clients have more matters than decimal places. For example, if you are set up to use 2 decimal places, then your clients will cap out at 99 matters. Although 99 matters may seem like a lot, for certain client types, such as insurance clients, you may reach that number quicker than you think. In our example, when you reach 99 matters, you have two options: start a new client or increase the Decimal Places.
Changing Decimal Places
You can either increase or decrease the Decimal Places. When increasing Decimal Places, you have the option to insert zeros at the Beginning or End of the decimal digits. For example, when selecting Beginning, client 152.82 would become 152.082. When selecting End, client 152.82 would become 152.820.
To change the number of decimals used
For more information on changing the Key Type, including a list of things to consider prior to making a change, see Knowledge Base Article R11049, “Changing the Key Type or Decimal Places.”
When PracticeMaster performs a conflict of interest search, contact search, or document search, it searches the applicable index files for valid matches. Search Settings (Search | Search Settings) provide the ability to specify how and if indexes are updated, to rebuild indexes, and to specify words to be excluded from a search.
When accessing Search Settings, there are three tabs: Index Properties, Rebuild Index, and Exclude List.
Note: Search Settings are an Exclusive Function, which means that all active tasks by any user must be closed before Search Settings can be accessed.
To be included in a search, a field/file must be “indexed.” On the Index Properties tab, you have the option of selecting how to handle updating the Conflict/Contact Index, E-mail Attachments Index, and the Linked Documents Index.
The accuracy of PracticeMaster’s search programs is dependent on the accuracy of the index files. We recommend using the Automatic setting to help ensure you have the most accurate index files, and therefore the most accurate search results.
Note: Changes made to a linked document are not automatically incorporated into the Linked Documents Index, even if it is set to Automatic. To incorporate changes to linked documents, you can update the index by manually rebuilding the Linked Documents Index, or by using a special startup option to manually rebuild the linked documents index file after hours (recommended). Alternatively, any changes made to the document management record itself, such as a change to a field, will automatically update the index.
When selecting Manual, it is recommended that you schedule times to rebuild the indexes.
Rebuilding an index updates Manual indexes, optimizes Automatic indexes, and optionally removes deleted records from the indexes. If you want to rebuild indexes, select the desired indexes and click the Rebuild Now button.
Although rebuilding the Conflict/Contact Index requires Exclusive access to the software in order to run, the E-mail Attachments and Linked Documents indexes can be rebuilt while users are working via a startup option. For more information on rebuilding indexes via a startup option, see Knowledge Base Article R11659, “Rebuilding the PracticeMaster Search Index Files.”
The Exclude List tab provides a list of words that are excluded from all searches. For example, if the words a, of, and the are in the Exclude List, running a search with those words in it will display a message that the words will be excluded from the search. This list can be edited via the Add Word and Delete Word buttons.
Make sure to take a moment and review your Search Settings to ensure your conflict of interest, contact, and document searches are optimized for your firm.
Do you want a way to streamline trust payments to Tabs3 Billing? Trust Accounting Software (TAS) provides the ability to automatically draw funds from a trust account when final statements are generated in Tabs3.
You will no longer need to enter payments to Firm from TAS; simply enter your transactions in Tabs3, and then bill like normal. As final statements are generated in Tabs3, the software will automatically create trust transactions and Tabs3 payment records based on the client’s due amounts. This feature can be enabled or disabled on a global level, at the bank account level, and at the trust account level. You can specify whether to pay work-in-process, accounts receivable, or both; whether to pay fees, expenses, or advances from these amounts; and whether to create check or EFT transactions in TAS for these amounts.
Note: We recommend consulting your local Bar Association before enabling Automatic Trust Transactions to ensure that you are complying with local trust regulations.
To implement Automatic Trust Payments, you will need to enable TAS Integration in Tabs3 and then configure TAS Customization, the desired TAS Bank account(s), and the desired Trust Account(s). For complete step-by-step instructions on setting up Automatic Trust Payments, refer to the Integration Guide or the Automatic Trust Payments Overview topic in the TAS Help.
We recently reached out to local firms and encountered instances where hours were being spent on tasks that could have been accomplished in a matter of minutes. Because there are many features in the software that can streamline your tasks, a quick conversation with Tech Support could save you time! For example, did you know that multiple transactions can be edited at the same time in Tabs3 Billing, or that you can save documents to the Document Management file in PracticeMaster from Word? Tech Support is here to help, so reach out to us. Here are some examples of items we regularly assist our clients with:
We can also show you how to find answers on your own by using the wide variety of written resources available including the Help files, Knowledge Base, and more! Phone support is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Time) at (402) 419-2210. And don’t forget! Tech Support is included with your maintenance plan at no additional cost – so give us a call!
Everyone can view your public calendar records, but did you know that you can control who has rights to edit your public calendar records and who has rights to browse or edit your private records?
Calendar rights are assigned via the User Configuration program in System Configuration. Although any user can view public calendar entries, rights must be explicitly given to edit public entries, view private entries, and edit private entries. Although this may sound complicated, it’s easy to specify who has rights to whose calendars.
To specify calendar rights for a user
Configuring access for one user will automatically update the corresponding values in the Calendar Access Rights window for any other users affected by the change. For example, let’s say you currently have Cathy’s user profile open, and you specify that Robert has rights to edit Cathy’s public calendar records. Now opening Robert’s user profile will also show that he has rights to edit Cathy’s public calendar records.
Note: Keep in mind that while you can specify which users have rights to edit your public records, browse your private records, and edit your private records, only managers can specify what rights you have to other users’ calendars. Additionally, in order to browse, add, change, and/or delete calendar records, your User ID must be part of an Access Profile with those rights.
Did you know that you can customize PracticeMaster’s Document Management so that all documents automatically use the same folder and naming strategy? When PracticeMaster is set up to Automatically assign document folder and file names and Document Management records are set to Automatically Manage Document, you can specify not only where documents are saved, but also how they are named.
To Automatically assign document folder and file names
For example, let’s say you use the values in the following screenshots:
When using the values in the above screenshots, the Document Store (Assembled in our example), folder, and files would be organized as follows:
Make sure your documents can easily be found. Let PracticeMaster automate the organization of your documents!
For more information on all of the great Document Management features, check Knowledge Base Article R11572, “Document Management Guide.”
Did you know that you can reprint client statements whenever needed? It’s easy to reprint statements when you’re required to provide them by the client or the court. You can reprint a single statement for a single client as well as multiple statements at one time. When printing multiple statements, you can print a range of clients, statement dates, and more.
To reprint a single updated statement
To reprint multiple updated statements
Reprinting statements from Tabs3 Billing can save time spent looking through saved paper copies of statements to find what you need.
Tip: Alternatively, you can run a Transaction File List (Reports | Transactions | Transaction File List) to show all transactions or a range of transactions for a client. Because the report uses a list format, printing a Transaction File List can significantly save paper depending on how many statements the client has had.
You’ve probably seen the announcements that CompuLaw will no longer update or support CompuLaw Court Rules that integrate with PracticeMaster after December 31, 2016, and that we are now integrating with CalendarRules. But if you’re not yet familiar with CalendarRules, keep reading to see what all it’s all about!
CalendarRules offers general civil litigation-related court and agency Rule Sets for State, Federal, Appellate, and Bankruptcy courts across the United States. Currently, rules are available in all 50 states, with additional courts being added every month.
You can contact CalendarRules at CalendarRules.com to subscribe. Make sure to let them know you use PracticeMaster.
After purchasing a license from CalendarRules, integration is set up entirely through PracticeMaster.
To set up CalendarRules Integration
CalendarRules’ calendar plans are easy to generate.
To generate a CalendarRules plan
You can now preview the calendar plan.
Once you have clicked the Accept Plan button, the PracticeMaster View Calendar Plans window will be opened. Plans that have been generated via CalendarRules can be reviewed at any time via the PracticeMaster View Calendar Plans window.
For more information on CalendarRules, see Knowledge Base Article R11713, “CalendarRules Integration Overview.”
Did you know that you can quickly print a single check in Accounts Payable Software (APS) and Trust Accounting Software (TAS) without opening the Print Checks program (Checks | Print Checks)? This can be accomplished via the Invoice/Manual Check Entry (APS) and Trust Transactions (TAS) windows.
To print a single check in Accounts Payable
To print a single check in Trust Accounting
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This method allows you to quickly print a check when you need it, saving you time when you don’t want to print a batch of checks.
Do you want to take advantage of all the features of Platinum, while also taking full advantage of your server’s memory? If you have a 64-bit server, such as Windows Server 2012, you can improve the performance of accelerated reports and filtering with Platinum SQL! The standard multi-user and Platinum versions of Tabs3 and PracticeMaster are 32-bit programs. That means they can only allocate 2GB of available memory, regardless of whether they run on a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system. The Platinum SQL software can be configured to allocate additional memory beyond the 2GB limit for caching, and larger firms will often require more than 2GB of memory allocation to cache their commonly used data and index files. Since Platinum SQL is a 64-bit program, it can access memory on the 64-bit server beyond the 2GB limit, which means it can cache more of your data, thus improving the performance of accelerated reports and filtering! Utilities for monitoring server usage and performance are included with the software, allowing you to determine the effectiveness of your cache settings.
Get maximum data security with Platinum SQL! Platinum SQL allows you to encrypt the Tabs3 and PracticeMaster data, providing your data with an extra layer of security. Platinum SQL software uses the 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) to encrypt data. Once data files are encrypted, they can only be read by the Tabs3 and PracticeMaster Platinum SQL software.
Platinum SQL also includes the Platinum SQL Server, which maintains a set of SQL tables linked to your Tabs3 and PracticeMaster data. To allow access to these SQL tables, Platinum SQL includes 32-bit and 64-bit SQL ODBC drivers, which allow you to write custom reports in both 64-bit and 32-bit programs (e.g., Crystal Reports and Microsoft Excel 2010 64-bit Edition) as well as OLE DB compatible software (e.g., Microsoft SQL Server) using SQL queries. Furthermore, these queries are processed directly at the server, which improves performance and reduces network traffic. Not only is the SQL ODBC driver included in the Platinum SQL package, but you also receive a firm-wide license for it! This allows multiple users to access SQL ODBC without having to purchase additional licenses. Manager-level SQL access rights can be assigned for each system in System Configuration, allowing you to grant SQL access to only those who need it.
With faster speeds, data encryption, enhanced ODBC capabilities, and the added ability to run SQL queries, Platinum SQL is the ideal solution for any firm that wants to enhance their performance, security, and/or take customized reporting to the next level.
To order the Platinum SQL software for your firm, contact your local reseller and consultant, or call our Sales Department at (402) 419-2200. An overview of the Platinum SQL software is also provided in our Knowledge Base at support.Tabs3.com in KB Article R11417, “Platinum SQL Overview.”
Microsoft® Outlook® can help manage your e-mail, your contacts, and your calendar records, but PracticeMaster manages your entire practice – for your entire firm.
PracticeMaster provides more complete client information – Outlook provides contact fields for personal information, but PracticeMaster automatically provides client and contact fields pertinent to the needs of a law firm, such as opposing attorney, judge, jurisdiction information, and more. Furthermore, PracticeMaster is easily customizable while customizing Outlook can be expensive.
PracticeMaster maintains complete matter information – Outlook provides client, contact, and calendar organization. PracticeMaster provides all this, plus more. All matter information can be saved in PracticeMaster. Save client and research notes, manage your firm’s documents, add fees and costs, and more. Use the Outlook Toolbar plug-in to journal e-mails and attachments to PracticeMaster to complete your case management.
PracticeMaster users can have access to all client and matter information – Outlook requires Microsoft Exchange to share users’ contacts and calendars. Not so with PracticeMaster. Not only are clients, contacts, and calendars available to all users in PracticeMaster, but all matter information can be quickly and easily accessed by those who need it now, including e-mails and attachments that have been journaled by any user.
Clients can optionally be marked as secure so that only the assigned users can access their information. If a user does not have access to a secure client, the client does not appear on any reports that the user runs, and that user cannot add or access records that are associated with the client.
PracticeMaster provides conflict searching for all files – When searching in Outlook, only information on your computer is found. Once all case information is saved to PracticeMaster, use the Conflict of Interest Search to find anything in any file in PracticeMaster and find it fast. Search for words, phrases, partial words, and even phonetically. Clients, contacts, calendar records, linked documents, journaled e-mails, attachments, and all other files for all users can be searched from one window to provide a comprehensive list of hits.
PracticeMaster converts activities into fees – Outlook e-mails can be added to PracticeMaster as records as well as be used to create journals, calendar records, and fees. This provides the ability to easily bill your client for appointments and other events, as well as time spent on e-mails, research, and more.
PracticeMaster provides automation – Recurring entries can be created in Outlook; however, not only can you create recurring entries in PracticeMaster, but PracticeMaster can also automatically create a series of appointments and tasks that you can reuse over and over via the Calendar Plan Templates program. When generating a Calendar Plan from a Calendar Plan Template, a plan name and a start date must be specified. This date is then used to calculate the dates for dependent events and tasks. Once the Calendar Plan is generated, the Calendar Plan can either be accepted or rejected in its entirety. If accepted, all of the generated calendar records will be added to the Calendar file. With calendar plans, if a beginning date gets changed, all dependent events and tasks can automatically be adjusted. For example, if the date of a trial is rescheduled, all dependent items can optionally be rescheduled at one time.
Outlook and Word can integrate through “mail merge” functionality, which uses standard fields in Outlook to create a letter. However, PracticeMaster’s Word Document Assembly has the ability to create documents based on any field in PracticeMaster, including non-standard fields that you have added. Specially coded document templates in Word can be used to merge information from your PracticeMaster data files to create draft documents. If the information required is not in the data files, document assembly will pause allowing you to enter the required information. This information is then saved to the document and written to the PracticeMaster data files.
PracticeMaster also provides the ability to set up WorkFlows. WorkFlows are macros that help you automate common tasks. WorkFlows allow you to automatically start tasks on demand or when certain events occur in PracticeMaster. For example, you might use a WorkFlow to create a new Calendar record based on changes made in the Client file, or to have a new fee agreement created using Document Assembly when creating a new Client record.
Tabs3 Connect provides access to complete case information away from the office – You can access Outlook on your Smartphone or other device while away from the office, but you can’t access all of your client’s files. Tabs3 Connect, a Platinum feature, lets you securely view all client, contact, and matter information on the go. You can even add fees and costs when you need to, instead of making a note to add them later.
If you’ve been thinking you don’t need PracticeMaster because you have Outlook, take another look. Thousands of law firms use PracticeMaster and Outlook side-by-side and reap the many, many benefits of using both software products at the same time.
Did you know the majority of Americans used a credit card in the past month? Americans rely on their credit cards more and more to pay for things like clothes, medical procedures, and now, legal services.
Here are the top three reasons law firms decide to accept credit cards:
Remember: The easier it is to pay, the faster you get paid. The faster you get paid, the fewer collection calls you need to make, and the fewer write offs you need to process.
If you accept credit cards, there is no better way than with Tabs3. When a credit card payment is entered into Tabs3, it is automatically processed and the funds are deposited into your existing bank account. You do not need to change your existing banking relationships to process credit cards. If you use Tabs3 Trust Accounting Software, you can have trust account payments deposited into a separate account from where processing fees are deducted. This integration takes the guesswork out of bank account reconciliation and helps you comply with many state bars’ rules regarding commingling funds.
With the release of Version 18, we partnered with ProPay, a TSYS company, to provide you with credit card processing that is better than ever.
ProPay also has the ability to add future enhancements and newer technology to Tabs3 software, such as chip card readers. If you’re interested in accepting credit cards, you can sign up in minutes at Tabs3.com/ProPay. If you have any questions regarding processing credit cards in Tabs3, contact your local reseller and consultant, or contact Technical Support at (402) 419-2210.
The end of the year can be a busy time for any firm. One of the areas that firms will need to address in the coming months is the filing of IRS 1099-MISC forms. Tabs3 Accounts Payable Software (APS) and Trust Accounting Software (TAS) are designed to help ease the burden of year-end by making it easy to assemble the 1099 reporting information you need. APS and TAS allow you to view 1099 information on reports, print out 1099-MISC forms for filing, or create a 1099 Disk File which can be used to electronically file with the IRS. Using both APS and TAS together allows you to create a combined file by merging your TAS data into APS to run one set of 1099 forms or create a single electronic file.
Continuous 1099 forms can be ordered directly from the IRS. However, for laser printer forms, we recommend ordering 1099 forms from Nelco®. These forms are guaranteed 100% compatible with the APS and TAS software. Likewise, you can order W-2 Wage and Tax Statement laser forms from Nelco. Nelco is a leading expert on W-2 and 1099 reporting compliance rules and regulations. So when you work with Nelco, you won’t have to worry about keeping up to date with all the yearly reporting changes.
Contact Nelco if you have any questions regarding your W-2 and 1099 filing, or to order your forms.
For more information about using the 1099 features of APS and TAS, refer to the “1099” Help topics for each program, which include checklists for generating 1099 information.
Tabs3 Trust Accounting Software (TAS) is designed to help your firm keep track of the trust accounts you manage.
TAS tracks an unlimited number of trust accounts and manages up to 99 different bank accounts. The software can warn you when an account goes below a minimum balance, and provides optional credit card processing (merchant account required).
You can print checks, enter manual checks, print trust ledgers for individual trust accounts and bank accounts, reconcile your bank account in the software, and track your checks through a variety of reports.
TAS provides seamless integration with Tabs3 Billing, Tabs3 Accounts Payable Software (APS), and Tabs3 General Ledger Software (GLS).
Trust accounting regulations require strict adherence. Tabs3 Trust Accounting Software provides peace of mind with the tools to help your firm manage your trust accounts.
The Tabs3 Accounts Payable Software (APS) makes paying bills easier. You can print checks, track vendors, generate 1099-MISC forms, run reports and check registers, and more!
APS lets you write checks to saved vendors as well as vendors that are not individually tracked in the software. For monthly payments, set up recurring entries to create multiple invoices in one step. Writing a check by hand? Enter a manual check that will show up in your check register.
Tracking vendors is a snap. In addition to name and address, you can save information for frequently used vendors such as the Federal ID number, 1099-MISC information, vendor discount information, and more! Month-to-date, year-to-date, and to date paid figures for each vendor are also tracked for easy reference.
APS integrates with Tabs3 Billing and Tabs3 General Ledger Software (GLS) to bring things together. Costs can integrate with Tabs3 when adding, changing, or deleting an invoice or manual check. When integrating with GLS, journal entries are automatically created when checks are posted, and voided checks will create reversing journal entries.
APS also offers many reports that can be run to determine activity in the software, including a Check Register, Pre-Check Register, Cash Requirements Report, Aged Unpaid Invoice Report, Vendor Analysis, and lists for vendors, bank accounts, recurring entries, and voided checks.
If you are not currently using APS, try it out! You can install APS Trial Software using the Tabs3 CD, or download a free trial. Contact your Tabs3 reseller or consultant, or our Sales Department at (402) 419-2200 for pricing and information.
Note: Tabs3 works exclusively with Nelco to provide you with checks guaranteed to work with Tabs3 software.
Tabs3 General Ledger Software (GLS) is a general ledger accounting program that is based on a double-entry accounting system. Chart of accounts and financial statement formats can be defined, allowing you to use your current chart of accounts. The availability of multiple departments allows you to create reports based on certain departments or the firm as a whole. Journal entries track debits and credits. Optionally create budgets for each expense account, and compare budget and actual amounts from year to year.
GLS offers bank and credit card reconciliation, printable deposit slips, summarized or detailed reports to help track your financial data, and more. If you have journal entries that must be made monthly, you can set up recurring entries to easily post a batch of entries once a month in a single process.
GLS can be used as a stand-alone ledger program for any business, or it can be combined with other Tabs3 software for full integration. Journal entries can be submitted to GLS through Tabs3 Billing, Accounts Payable, Trust Accounting, and also Peninsula Software’s PenSoft® Payroll software. Additionally, a standard input format is included, providing the ability to import journal entries from other software.
For more information regarding Tabs3 General Ledger Software, contact your local reseller or our Sales Department at (402) 419-2200.