It keeps me organized, I know who I talked to on what cases because of the notes. Since we have three attorneys in the office, it lets us know (as long as everyone does the notes properly), what has happened on the case easily.
I also love that my calendar will sync with my google cal, so I always have it on my phone.
The message slips add-on. It never seems to work for an extended period of time. I wish it did, because its a great idea, especially since we have an attorney who works remotely out of state.
This is a great product that meets all of our requirements as a firm. It can do everything that we need it to. While some programs may be flashier, this was the one that fit our requirements. We were using a d-base Client/Matter program prior to Abacus for almost twenty years - all of our client and matters were easily uploaded into the Abacus system and we did not need to reinvent the wheel.
Abacus does many things for us, including but not limited to, Calendar, Client Database, Case Database, letters, accounting, and many other things.
Calendar: All the users use the same calendar, so my calendaring secretary can put things in, and so can I. It syncs with my google calendar so I always know what is happening when I'm on the go.
Client/Court Database: We can enter "names", which could be a client, court, or expert. Easy to search and link with matters.
Matter Database: We can edit it so our necessary components are in the matter directory (including our file number, closed file number, docket number, and court, along with important dates), and it syncs with the calendar so that we know two different places about upcoming court dates or deadlines.