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We first reviewed Timeslips a decade ago. The product ran under MS-DOS and, if memory serves, used a pop up TSR (Terminate and Stay Resident) screen to enter time and expenses, couldn’t assign a client to a particular responsible attorney in the firm, didn’t automatically communicate with other programs, couldn’t generate statements, had limited record size, limited client capability and had lots of other limitations. But the program was very inexpensive, could easily be modified for many needs of the small law office, could hold all of the clients of most law offices, maintained a stopwatch recording time spent on various matters, enabled a solo practice or small office to track everything from work in progress to accounts receivables and, most important, to get good looking, informative bills to clients on a timely basis with relative ease. Over the years, we’ve written several very positive reviews of various versions of the product, and it remains on our list of products to consider when looking for a time and billing program.

In the last several days we’ve been working with Timeslips Version 9.1, a “free” update to be shipped to all registered owners of 9.0. (The penultimate 9.0 apparently had difficulties, as the vendor’s Web site currently has an 11th update available for download.) The latest version isn’t perfect of course – we are seldom fully satisfied with any program — but it is very power with far more features than any but a very small percentage of users will ever notice. The program still enables a lawyer to input time and expenses with a minimum of fuss and bother, and a law office to get accurate and well formatted bills into the US Mail, or even e-mail on a timely basis.

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