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ADERANT’s Deadlines.com Raises the Bar for Small Firm Web-based Calendaring

New features save time, reduce costs, and protect firms from missed deadlines

Nov. 29, 2011 - PRLog -- ADERANT, a comprehensive business management software provider for law and professional services firms of all sizes, today announced that its online legal deadline calculation service Deadlines.com (formerly Deadlines On Demand), has realized unprecedented online downloads via the new website interface. Launched in April, the web-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application has been enhanced to help small firms better manage malpractice risks from missed deadlines. Over the past six months, legal secretaries, paralegals, and attorneys have used the new ‘pay-per-use’ site to help manage firm risk and save time on calendaring.

According to Sharie Foster, a litigation secretary with more than 24 years of experience in litigation supporting attorneys in firms and legal departments of all sizes, Deadlines.com is an essential tool for maximizing calendaring productivity and accuracy. “Legal calendaring, and specifically calculating court deadlines, is an extremely vital, yet time consuming task. Whether in a small or large firm setting, the calendaring process cannot be easily completed ‘on-the-fly’ by the firm’s legal secretary or docketing team. However, my experience using Deadlines.com shows that secretaries can save at least one hour per week per case. In a typical case load of ten cases, that’s a savings of ten hours per week that can be used for more strategic work,” stated Foster.
Hundreds of solo and small firm practitioners, legal secretaries, and paralegals are using the site and taking advantage of trial calculation offers. The new features and functions making the biggest impact to users include:
•   Flat rate case pricing option: Allows users to run virtually all of the deadlines for a case providing a more cost effective option when generating several calculations. This pricing model allows lawyers to bill one charge back to their clients.
•   Updated user and screen interface: The Deadlines.com user interface is intuitive and easy to use. Many of the jurisdiction and event selection screens have been enhanced so users can find what they need more quickly.
•   Microsoft Outlook sync options: Includes syncing dates to multiple users’ calendars, automatically assigning times to ‘no time’ deadlines, and assigning Outlook categories by case reference.
•   Enhanced event searching: True ‘Google style’ searching applies relevance scoring and makes suggestions that help users easily calculate deadlines.
•   Reporting: Users can run a variety of PDF reports based on preferences (e.g., filtered by date, by case, by event) from the new ‘View Deadlines’ page.

“Deadlines.com is indispensable because it takes into account court rules and court holidays, all in one place. Knowing CompuLaw’s in-house attorneys actively research and keep the system up to date with the latest changes in laws, court rules, and local-level dates give me confidence in the data,” added Foster.

“Deadlines.com now gives firms even more flexibility and an affordable, effective weapon in battling the leading cause of malpractice claims – calendar related errors,” said Chris Giglio, chief executive officer for ADERANT. “The site was enhanced to give solos and smaller firms rules-based technology options that rival those used by larger firms and, in turn, provide affordable, strategic ways to better serve their clients.”

Deadlines.com utilizes CompuLaw’s court rules databases and patented deadline calculation technology to provide accurate, reliable, and comprehensive legal deadlines on a pay-per-case or pay-per-use basis. The service, designed to protect small law firms and their clients from missing critical court dates and deadlines, has the largest online rules library in the legal profession.

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ADERANT, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is a global provider of comprehensive business management software for law and professional services firms. ADERANT’s complete suite of solutions include: business development, calendar/docket matter management with built-in court rules, client relationship management (CRM), practice and financial management, time and billing, case management, document management, and business intelligence. ADERANT helps firms more effectively and profitably run, grow, and protect their businesses. More information is available at www.aderant.com.

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