Free QuickBooks Alternative for Lawyers


Your law firm needs access to unlimited invoicing and premium features, and QuickBooks’ clunky desktop-only features just aren’t cutting it anymore. We get it—we built a free accounting software solution that has all of the useful QuickBooks features at a fraction of the cost.

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QuickBooks vs. ZipBooks for Law Firms

We’re going to assume you’ve already tried QuickBooks and are now searching for an alternative to paying the ridiculous monthly fees and added support costs. Or perhaps you tried QuickBooks but were frustrated that you couldn’t add multiple users or access your account on your mobile device. And who wants to pay for an expensive accounting solution that can’t fully meet your needs? With ZipBooks, you don’t have to – it’s free.

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  • After trying multiple platforms, ZipBooks proves to surpass all expectations. They make bookkeeping a breeze. Would recommend a thousand times over because it has been crucial to my business growth.

    Laine Napoli Branding Addicts
  • I never studied accounting, but I found this software to be very user friendly for basic bookkeeping. I was able to figure it out in a short period of time. ZipBooks, I love you!

    Bonnie Cohen Bonnie Cohen-Gallet, Esq
  • Why not have bookkeeping software that is delightful and intuitive? Do you like using your old, boring software? Nah, didn't think so. ZipBooks rocks!

    Alex Harvey Illuminate Design
  • After trying multiple accounting apps for 10 years, ZipBooks was finally the solution. My clients can pay online & accept quotes through a simple, interactive process. Clients love it as much as I do.

    Chris Kelley Digital Craft Co.
  • This is by far the best app that has helped me with my small business. It has made accounting, invoicing, and tracking payments a breeze! I really love it!

    Jill Muñiz Quirky Print & Design Studio

True Fact: ZipBooks users spend 15% less time on mundane bookkeeping tasks.


Law firm bookkeeping made easy

The biggest QuickBooks problem that our law firm users run into is that the desktop software isn’t convenient for businesses that use the cloud for everything else. With Quickbooks, you can only access your accounting information on a single desktop computer, meaning you can’t collaborate with your partners or send an invoice on-the-go. Sure, you could use a VPN or another workaround, but who has time for that? Fortunately, there’s a better way. We built ZipBooks to be cloud-first, meaning all of our features are designed to work as well in our app as on your desktop. Add as many collaborators as you need to, and access your account wherever you are – whether you’re sitting in the courtroom or cooking dinner at home.

In addition to free, beautifully designed invoice templates, your free ZipBooks account also gives you access to a ton of other features that make billing clients and getting paid easy:

Easy-to-Pay Retainers (free!): Our invoice options allow you to accept partial payments so your clients can pay your retainer up front and pay the remaining balance when the case is closed.

Unlimited Invoices (free!): You have a lot of cases going on at once, so you need to be able to send invoices quickly and track which are paid and which aren’t. ZipBooks invoice templates allow you to send an invoice in just a few clicks and even personalize it with your firm’s logo.

Automatic Payment Reminders (free!): No need to worry about sending payment reminders to your clients after you’ve invoiced them—let ZipBooks handle it for you. Just set automatic reminders to on and your clients will be gently prompted when it’s time to pay—no awkward phone calls required.

Credit Card Payments (free!): You know that you get paid faster when you allow your clients to pay with a credit card, and so do we. ZipBooks accepts any payment options your clients need, including credit cards, PayPal, and Stripe. That’s what we call convenience.


ZipBooks was built with law firms in mind

We know that everything lawyers do is billed by time. Fortunately, our easy-to-use time tracking feature was built into the very first version of ZipBooks because we know it’s an essential feature for nearly everyone, especially lawyers. In fact, we actually built the time tracking feature before we finished building the rest of the accounting and transactional features!

Here are just a few of the time tracking features you’ll enjoy with ZipBooks:

-Quickly set up different users for each of you employees so you can bill clients by different hourly rates depending on whether a partner or a paralegal is working on the case.

-Have multiple projects all running simultaneously, all kept nearly organized.

-ZipBooks automatically keeps track of what tracked time has and hasn’t been billed so you’ll always know what you still need to invoice and what’s been paid for.

-Rather bill on a monthly basis? No problem. ZipBooks makes it easy to set up recurring bills for ongoing engagements.

Ready to get started? Set up your firm’s free ZipBooks account today and see how ridiculously easy law firm accounting can be. Do it yourself or have your office manager take our app for a test drive – we promise you’ll never want to go back to QuickBooks.


We know that tracking expenses is a big part of running your law firm. Fortunately, ZipBooks makes that easier than ever.  Quickly categorize expenses and personalize your categories to make tax season (and spending reports a breeze). Have to present your profits and losses to the board? Create income and spending reports in just a few clicks – your partners will think you spent hours!

When we say we cater to your every financial need, we mean it. ZipBooks makes it easy to handle all of your firm’s accounting yourself, but if you find you need a little extra help, we offer low-cost bookkeeping and tax prep services, too.

Looking for something besides QuickBooks for law firms?

Here are some other QuickBooks business solutions that you can compare to ZipBooks.

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