Customize AbacusLaw with calendaring and reporting specific to practicing law in Canada

With over 35 years of service and working with law firms all over the world using AbacusLaw all-in-one practice management & accounting solution, we know what it takes to run a successful firm. In working with clients using AbacusLaw in Canada, we have been able to package some of those key features up in to one Practice Area Legal Solution (“PALS”) add-on specific to Canadian operations and accounting. From workflows and reports to fields and terminology, AbacusLaw with the Canadian PALS add-on gives you all the tools you need out-of-the-box to take on more cases and consistently deliver ‘best possible outcomes’ for your clients.

“The way AbacusLaw gathers and keeps everything through the Matters system, whether its setting events, doing conflict checks, being able to have a team of people work on the same case, and keep all the notes and information in one place, it is so time saving and makes my job so much easier… I love AbacusLaw!

Assly Sayyer, Attorney at Law

This turn-key solution for law firms operating in Canada helps you with:

Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) can be managed using the Canadian PALS. After GST/HST rate maintenance is complete, the amount of GST/HST and sales tax is calculated during billing based on the rate effective on the invoice date in the tax jurisdiction for the matter. If the tax jurisdiction of the client matter follows GST+PST rate type, the sales tax and GST/HST are calculated separately. Once matters and the client expense have been set up as taxable, taxes are calculated on fees and costs at the time of printing bills.

Abacus Accounting supports Canadian postal codes when using the Canadian PALS. When a Canadian province is entered into the State field in the Address tab on the Matter Maintenance window, the system will require that the value entered into Zip Code field is the correct format for Canadian postal codes. Expected format is A1A 1A1.

Law Society of Ontario (LSO) transaction levies are payable by law firms for real estate and civil litigation matters for Ontario, Canada. This is a one-time fee for each matter. Transaction levies can be charged to the client at the firm’s discretion. Abacus Accounting has the functionality to maintain the rates for LSO transaction levies and to track transaction levy surcharges when using the Canadian PALS.

There are two LSO transaction levy surcharge reports available under General Ledger reports: LSO Transaction Levy Detail and LSO Transaction Levy Summary. These reports list the LSO transaction levy surcharges entered. Both reports can be filtered by date range and levy type. The Detail report can be further filtered by matter or attorney.

“Working with AbacusLaw, the benefits are phenomenal. The access is very easy. The client inventory is very easy.”

Joe Povelaitis, Paralegal

Utilize the powerful functions of AbacusLaw, further customized for practicing law in Canada

Streamline case intake and setup; using rules to automate deadlines, to-dos, and milestone reminders; accelerating document generation; and firm productivity reports. Our Canadian PALS includes the additional LSO, GST, and HST features and reports to make your job easier.

Contact your sales rep today to see about getting the Canadian PALS added to your existing AbacusLaw subscription. For a demo of these new features, or for more info about AbacusLaw or other solutions from AbacusNext, contact us today.

Lawyers Love AbacusLaw

“AbacusLaw is everything you need to manage your law practice in one convenient place! The technical support that comes with AbacusLaw is world class – you talk with a real person who cares about your problems and will work with you to fix any issues.”

Thomas J. Azar, Jr.,
Azar Law Offices

“Been with them for almost 10 years and each version gets better and better! AbacusLaw integrated the case management, “tickler” by rule, forms, contacts, matter, ACCOUNTING AND BILLING, all into a single easy to use and learn package. Changes in one area are iterated throughout the software. We almost never add disparate or duplicate data. Well Done!”

Martin Luther,
Schwartzberg & Luther, APC

“When I get a call from a client, in just one-click I can see everything about their case to immediately answer their questions. Even better, if I’m unavailable and my assistant answers the phone, she too can see their case file to provide instant gratification.”

Frank Vozza,
Vozza & Hugeuenot