The pioneers of cloud-based practice management software are upping the stakes yet again.Rocket Matter launched its first offering in 2008, revolutionizing the way law firms do business and manage their workflows. Over time, they improved their products by taking into account input from actual practitioners, aiming to design products that work the way actual lawyers work. And they succeeded.
Now, Rocket Matter is back with a new round of updates that make their practice management platform even more user-friendly, which was a tall order to achieve. The company celebrated its 10th anniversary by releasing its newAtlas Gold edition, which offers lawyers a totally revamped mobile interface, as well as advancements that improve collaboration, help manage deadlines, and make billing and payment easier. What was already an efficient platform just got even better.
One of the most notable enhancements to arrive with Atlas Gold is the addition of Communicator, a secure internal messaging tool not unlike Slack or Facebook Chat.
With Communicator, you can do so much more than simply chat with your colleagues. It allows you to create group or video chats, share files, and create dedicated channels for individual matters that include the members of that matter’s team. There’s even a built-in shortcut that recognizes when you mention a date and creates a link for you to turn that date into an event on your calendar if you want.
In short, Communicator gives you a whole new avenue for collaborating with your team without having to leave the platform where you’re doing the rest of your work. No more toggling between windows or logging into external applications. You can’t practice law without communication, and Communicator gives you the most efficient way to do it.
Never Miss a Deadline
One of Rocket Matter’s biggest strengths has always been the unrivaled integration it offers with third party software. With the latest update to Atlas Gold, they’ve now added LawToolBox to their arsenal. In case you’re not familiar with it, LawToolBox is a handy deadline management system that uses the applicable court rules for your jurisdiction to calculate your deadlines for you, and automatically calendars them accordingly. Now Rocket Matter allows you to import LawToolBox deadlines directly into your system if you have a subscription with them. Navigating complex court rules just got easier, and you’ll never have to worry about missing a filing deadline again.
Show Me the Money
Regardless of the fee structure you use, Rocket Matter has always made getting paid easy, by simplifying the billing and invoicing processes. With Atlas Gold, it’s easier than ever to collect your fees, because they’ve added the ability to accept eCheck payments as part of their integration with LexCharge. By allowing your clients to send payments with their bank account information, in addition to the traditional options of paying by check or credit card, your collection times just got even faster.
They’ve also added a new “Request Retainer” feature that allows you to request additional money from your clients when their fund are running low. The feature will send an automatic email request that you can customize in advance, reminding your clients that it’s time to deposit more money. In turn, they can submit the funds via debit card, credit card, or eCheck. Getting paid has never been easier.
Rocket Matter on the Go
While all these new features will undeniably make your life better, perhaps the most notable change to come out the Rocket Matter’s Atlas Gold edition is a complete overhaul of their mobile app. After all, even the best tool in the world is only useful if you can actually access it when you need it. Rocket Matter introduced the world to the first mobile app for legal practice management five years, ago, and now they’ve upped its utility exponentially.
With their new apps for iOS, Android, and Windows devices, you have Rocket Matter at your fingertips no matter where you are. The goal was to make it easy for today’s mobile lawyer to work on the go and stay connected anytime, anywhere, and they succeeded. All of the superior functionality of the web-based version of Rocket Matter now fits in your pocket.
All of the features you’ve come to know and love with Rocket Matter are now fully accessible through the mobile app. You can access your dashboard, your events, and even the new Communicator. You’ll never have to worry about losing track of your billable hours, because your timer is right in the app, allowing you to bill time no matter where you are (you can also manually add it if you forget to turn the timer on). Push notifications remind you when you have tasks that are due.
Anything you can do from your computer, you can now do on the go through the Rocket Matter mobile app, which is a necessity in the digital age. Today’s lawyer is a mobile lawyer. Gone are the days when we were tied to offices — work happens from the airport, over coffee, or even from vacation. Rocket Matter has long been the go-to place for making the practice of law more convenient, and now that convenience goes with you when you hit the road.
There are a lot of practice management tools out there, but few have ever been able to match Rocket Matter’s ability to boost efficiency and profitability. Now, with increased mobility added to the equation, the choice is obvious. Rocket Matter has always worked the way you work — now it also works where you work. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better project management tool for the busy lawyer on the go.