SheriaSoft takes law firm tasks to cloud


SheriaSoft co-founders Dedan Kihatu Mwangi (left) and Dennis Gachoki. PHOTO | ANGELA OKETCH | NMG
SheriaSoft co-founders Dedan Kihatu Mwangi (left) and Dennis Gachoki. PHOTO | ANGELA OKETCH | NMG 

SheriaSoft’s LPM is a cloud-based software that caters to small and medium-sized law firms. It’s one of the ‘Big Four’ in Kenyan legal software along with WakiliCMS, E-Wakili and document assembly app Uwakili. 

It was conceptualised in 2013. It has quickly risen to prominence over older, more established practice management software.

With the exception of Uwakili, Sheriasoft and the other two solutions offer very similar features — contact management, time-tracking, matter and bring-up management, automatic calendaring, and data encryption.  But how does SheriaSoft shape up to the competition? 

SheriaSoft focuses on the basic features of matter management and highlights the key fields. Navigation is via a side panel which is straight forward.

SheriaSoft has a standard dashboard which summarises the users key data and from where certain actions can be performed quickly. The system has basic invoicing and calendaring modules.

SheriaSoft is a simple system and is aimed at the smaller firms or novice users. However, large practice firms can sign up. The subscription allows users to access the system via the web.

The co-founders made it a priority to focus more on computer and mobile responsiveness as opposed to building a native app. They say they did not want to “over-engineer” the product.

They took a mobile-first approach and designed the product to be cloud-based and mobile responsive.

At first glance, you can tell that the team took its time with the aesthetics.  It is very intuitive. The programme’s dashboard highlights upcoming tasks and schedule for the week or whatever time period you set. 

You can also set up a daily reminder for your schedule for that day, or you can receive an email that outlines your day. The search function is conveniently available from any screen for you to quickly pull up a client or matter.

It also highlights how many fee notes are open and which ones are overdue. 

SheriaSoft’s notable features include a custom client intake form. Every firm has to ask different questions in the client intake process depending on what kind of law they practice. 

SheriaSoft allows you to create as many custom intake fields as you want. The best part about their Client Intake is that it can integrate with the contact form you put on your website. 

The software’s automated communication system allows you to send updates straight to a client.  Of course, you get to choose how much or how little you want to send to the client. An Internet chat lets staff within the firm communicate in an internal chat box similar to Google’s Gchat. 

Many legal software companies offer a tiered pricing system with some features only enabled on the premium version.

SheriaSoft gives you access to every feature for Sh1,250 per user for law firms and Sh2,000 per user for legal departments.  This is competitively priced. They have integrated it with PesaPal where users can pay for subscriptions in advance.

Despite its youth, Sheriasoft is the best investment for firms going forward.

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