I was speaking at a CLE program this week, and was asked by one of the attendees why I use Essential Forms rather than ProDoc? I gave an honest answer, in two parts. First I have always found Essential Forms to be affordable ($599 and up to start, then $295 per year to maintain) and reliable, so I have never made a change. Second, I didn't know anything about ProDoc.
That, or course, drove me to the ProDoc website to take a look. Here is what I learned.
1. ProDoc is a West (Thomson Reuters) product.
2. It has versions for several states, and several practice areas for each state.
2. There is a California module. It includes all of the California Judicial Council forms, and all local county forms (those cost extra in Essential Forms). As a sub-set, there is a California family law module.
3. ProDoc is a subscription service. If I am reading the website right, it costs $156 per month.
3. In addition to the Judicial Council forms Pro Docs includes a library of other document templates, such as motions, marital settlement agreements. According to the ProDoc website ProDoc:
- Allows you to customize forms groups that can be accessed and filled out simultaneously to save time [same as Essential Forms]
- Automatically populates client and case information, merges data, and more [same as Essential Forms]
- Contains virtually every form you need for a family law matter in a single integrated volume [same as Essential Forms]
- Features a timesaving integrated system - enter client/case data once per case and generate multiple documents from that data [same as Essential Forms]
- Helps you avoid embarrassing errors in your documents, including mismatched pronouns and leftover clauses from other documents.
If there are any ProDoc users out there who want to chime in, I would love to hear from you. Please send me your thoughts!.
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