About Smokeball

Smokeball is a cloud-based practice productivity software designed to help users manage small law firms with email, document, calendar and task management functionality, plus time tracking and billing technology. With native mobile apps for iOS and Android, Smokeball affords users the flexibility to access and manage practice information anytime, anywhere. Offline access allows users to keep working without internet access.

Automatic time tracking and timesheets enable law firms to track and record their time and activities accurately. Automated legal forms also aim to enhance productivity by providing users with over 14,000 preloaded country, court and federal forms. Smokeball’s legal document automation and assembly tool allows users to create custom legal template forms. Case management technology helps users to organize contacts, documents, tasks, and more.

Smokeball stores client case details and related documents in one place, thereby giving users quick and central access to all digital files. Supporting electronic signatures through DocuSign, Smokeball allows users to get documents, letters and agreements signed securely online. Users can manage appointments and events as well as sync their Outlook or Google Apps to the Smokeball calendar.

Other Smokeball features include legal website, onboarding and performance profitability management. Visual dashboards provide users with law firm insights. Users can manage tasks and workflows with assignment management technology and daily reminders. Integration with LawPay allows users to manage invoicing and trust accounting.

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Key benefits of Smokeball

  • Smokeball is available as a native mobile app on iOS or Android, giving users central and flexible access to legal matters including emails, documents, memos and contacts.

  • Users can manage invoicing and trust accounting activity accurately through integration with Smokeball and LawPay.

  • The document assembly and automation tool allows employees to create standardized letters and agreements quickly.

  • Users have access to a library of more than 14,000 automated county, court and federal forms.

  • Via DocuSign, Smokeball enables users to sign legal documents such as engagement letters or retainer agreements securely online.

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    Supported Languages

    English

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    Features

    Total features of Smokeball: 75

    • Access Controls/Permissions
    • Accounting
    • Accounting Integration
    • Activity Dashboard
    • Activity Management
    • Activity Tracking
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Archiving & Retention
    • Assignment Management
    • Attendance Tracking
    • Audit Trail
    • Automatic Backup
    • Billing & Invoicing
    • Built-in Accounting
    • CRM
    • Calendar Management
    • Case Management
    • Case Notes
    • Client Management
    • Client Portal
    • Collaboration Tools
    • Communication Management
    • Conflict Management
    • Contact Database
    • Contact Management
    • Content Library
    • Contract/License Management
    • Conversion Tracking
    • Credit Card Management
    • Credit Card Processing
    • Customer Database
    • Customisable Forms
    • Customizable Fields
    • Customizable Reports
    • Customizable Templates
    • Deadline Management
    • Docket Management
    • Document Automation
    • Document Classification
    • Document Generation
    • Document Management
    • Document Storage
    • Document Templates
    • Drag & Drop
    • Electronic Signature
    • Email Management
    • Event Calendar
    • Event Management
    • Expense Tracking
    • Forms Management
    • Full Text Search
    • Legal Case Management
    • Microsoft Outlook Integration
    • Multi-Location
    • Performance Metrics
    • Project Accounting
    • QuickBooks Integration
    • Reminders
    • SSL Security
    • Search/Filter
    • Secure Data Storage
    • Summary Reports
    • Task Management
    • Task Progress Tracking
    • Template Management
    • Third Party Integrations
    • Time & Expense Tracking
    • Time Tracking
    • Timer
    • Timesheet Management
    • Trust Accounting
    • User Management
    • Version Control
    • Website Management
    • Workflow Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5
    (181)
    Value for Money
    4.5/5
    Features
    4.6/5
    Ease of Use
    4.7/5
    Customer Support
    4.8/5

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    Brooke A.
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    • Industry: Law Practice
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    I Love Smokeball

    Reviewed on 24/11/2020

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Alternatives Considered

    MyCase

    Reasons for Choosing Smokeball

    I didn't like the document automation of Practice Panther nearly as much as I like Smokeballs. The billing software in practice panther is not as user friendly as Smokeballs.

    Reasons for Switching to Smokeball

    Because the feature were more robust and the billing time tracker is key.
    Furqan M.
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    • Industry: Legal Services
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    SmallLaw Review

    Reviewed on 29/11/2020

    Overall, an excellent software and definitely worth considering for your law firm, especially if...

    Overall, an excellent software and definitely worth considering for your law firm, especially if you handle real estate transactions.

    Pros

    1. Smokeball is an "everything" platform. We realized we were only using the other softwares for billing/invoicing, but found little use for them otherwise. Smokeball, on the other hand, is much more versatile. We track our to-dos there, create workflows, assign tasks/projects to others at the firm (it avoids the back-and-forth internal emails), share our draft documents with client through a secure portal, and much more!

    2. If you are a real estate transactions law firm (as we are), Smokeball is the only platform specifically designed for that practice area. We love that it automatically calendars deadlines, has templates built in, and otherwise automates much of the closing process for us (and avoids costly mistakes such as missing a deadline).

    Cons

    1. Cost (yup, it's one of the more expensive options you'll find out there). But when evaluating options, the thought process should be whether you will save some time by implementing the features of the software. And if so, a few extra bucks monthly is well worth it.

    2. A little glitchy at times. We sometimes would create an invoice but would not be able to load it or send to a client until the next day. I have no idea why this happens, though it hasnt been a big issue for us.

    3. Requires you to invest a lot of time to set up to automate your documents and learn how to modify them as you go. But, again, it is time well spent.

    Lee P.
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    • Industry: Law Practice
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 1.0 /10

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

    Reviewed on 21/02/2019

    I foolishly jumped in and signed up for a one-year deal with Smokeball. After I explained the...

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

    Pros

    The staff is friendly and tries to assist.

    Cons

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

    Response from Smokeball

    I'm incredibly sorry to hear this, but want to clarify two points for any likeminded readers here:

    (1) It is true that we have more forms in some states than others. That's due to how many active users we have in each state; obviously as we grow in some states we add more forms. When users, say in Oklahoma, sign up and see that they need more forms, they can request that our dedicated Content team pull public forms and load them directly into Smokeball for all users to access.

    (2) It is true that we currently don't have direct integration with the Google suite. We do, however, integrate directly with MS Office products like Outlook and Word. Our Sales people in charge of demos should make this absolutely clear in initial conversations, and we will ensure that they continue to do so for all future consultations.

    Nancy P.
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    • Industry: Law Practice
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    It has been a god-send.

    Reviewed on 18/05/2021

    We have had a great experience with Smokeball thus far.

    We have had a great experience with Smokeball thus far.

    Pros

    The feature that instigated our interest in Smokeball, and that keeps us loving the product, is the automatic time tracking feature. I'd literally been complaining for years that no one had figured out how to do this, and then we found Smokeball! So glad there are smart folks thinking through how a lawyer's practice, time keeping and billing can be streamlined.

    Cons

    I wish the billing system was integrated as part of the software instead of being separate (online).

    Sandra E.
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    • Industry: Legal Services
    • Company size: 2-10 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Best practice management software!

    Reviewed on 30/11/2020

    Our firm literally cannot work without Smokeball. I am not exaggerating one bit when I tell you...

    Our firm literally cannot work without Smokeball. I am not exaggerating one bit when I tell you that it is as essential to our practice as air. When the pandemic began, other lawyers were struggling to figure out how to work from home. Luckily for us, Smokeball is everywhere we are. With help from Smokeball's cloud-based system, we were able to transition to working from home very quickly and easily. Thanks to Smokeball's features -- file notes, memos, timeline, phone messages, email tracking, and activity tracking -- it is easier than ever for multiple staff members to collaborate on a file even though they are not physically in the same space. The integration with InfoTrack/Docusign means that we obtain client signatures without even leaving our desks. And the document automation and contact database make working much easier and more productive in general! I highly recommend Smokeball to any small law firm.

    Pros

    Email tracking, file notes/timeline. These features make it so much easier for two or more people to collaborate on a file!

    Cons

    I wish that "to-do" tasks in the system would auto-delete if a matter is canceled or closed.

    Alternatives Considered

    Amicus Attorney and Clio

    Reasons for Choosing Smokeball

    Amicus Attorney is clunky, with way too much involved to get up and running. Also, it didn't have email tracking at the time. So it was a no-brainer to switch.

    Switched From

    Amicus Attorney

    Reasons for Switching to Smokeball

    I've tried Amicus and I know that Smokeball provides a much better and user-friendly experience.
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    Smokeball offers the following pricing plans:

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    • Pricing model: Subscription
    • Free Trial: Not Available

    Smokeball has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200

    Smokeball supports the following languages:

    English

    Smokeball supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

    Smokeball integrates with the following applications:

    Campaign Monitor, DocuSign, Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Quickbooks Online

    Smokeball offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, Chat

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