Peter Thornton Bsc. (Hons)
Phone 04 934 7383
or Mobile 025 436 364
Fax 04 934 4357
Wellington, New Zealand
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The inexpensive time recording, accounting, and practice management system for Law Firms
- Easy to use worksheet contains today’s appointments, reminders and recorded
time at a glance
- Time and disbursement recording, sophisticated self generated billing
- Client and file database with Deeds and marketing
- File notes, Legal notes database, fees and charges, Appointments, To-Do’s
- Easy access phone numbers for clients and regular contacts
- Complete trust accounting, reconciliation facilities, term deposit, register
of trust securities. Put an end to laborious manual double-entry.
- The reporting structure is comprehensive and allows users extensive control
over information. The Weekly report tells you the exact situation of your
practice in terms of lock-up - un-billed work, unpaid client disbursements,
unpaid accounts rendered.
WHATEVER YOUR NEEDS AS A LAW PRACTICE,
OUR MODULAR SYSTEM ALLOWS YOU TO BUY ONLY WHAT YOU NEED NOW
juniorPartner is a modular software system. This allows it to be used by different
users for different purposes, and for most users to buy only the modules they
require. This keeps the cost down for those with their most basic needs. For
example a barrister may only want to do time recording. He or she may then
add to that the accounts receivable/cash-book module to manage his or her
A solicitor may use the same basic module as the barrister and add to it the
Trust module as well. A management module contains some high level
reporting functions for firms with multiple authors who need more detailed
management reporting. Or you can add as you go if your needs change.
At present we have systems installed in barrister’s chambers simply running
time recording up to firms with four lawyers all simultaneously doing their own
time recording and obtaining their own client trust information.
DEDICATED TO LAW PRACTICES
The programme, designed for Law practices - is based on our previous programme,
the Author, as well as years of developing legal practice trust
accounting systems - starting in 1983 when the managing director of Talisman technology,
Steve Barter, an Auckland practitioner, was largely responsible for the
development and design of WangLaw.
We have found that our trust system is as robust and comprehensive as our
competitors and the differences between the systems are almost entirely those
which we have chosen to leave out as being unlikely to benefit Law practices
and which only make software use more complex than needed.
WHY PAY MORE?
We find that usually we are considerably less expensive, once installation and
maintenance costs are taken into account - often half or less of comparative bids.
The most basic system costs $1600 and the average is around $4000 (both plus GST).
This includes installation, training, and the first 3 mths maintenance costs.
This low cost reflects our design philosophy - to make software affordable for any
EASE OF USE
Ease of use is the next major issue affecting firms - they are fearful that the
system will be a millstone around their necks and make them dependent on highly-
trained computer-orientated support staff. Because we have been designing
software for lawyers themselves to use for many years - for example our litigation
support product which is the most widely-used of its kind in the country - we know
how to design software that requires minimal training. Because the whole
programme is based on visual clues and navigation buttons, you soon see where to
go to enter or retrieve information, In some cases, firms have started up without
assistance, and the average training needed is less than 8 hours. Several of our
users are barristers or solicitors who operate the entire programme themselves.
A comprehensive and easy to read manual is provided as well as unlimited phone
The programme is supported on a wide geographic basis from Dunedin to
Carterton to Western Samoa to Auckland. It is upgraded regularly as users indicate
new features that are of general utility.
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