Document Creation Template management, formatting and styling tools that make legal document creation easy

Overview

BigHand Document Creation is a DMS-integrated legal document solution that simplifies Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel for streamlined legal document production. Standardized templates can be created without the need for complex code, and deployed firm-wide in a single click for consistency, branding and improved version control. Users can access key design features such as unlimited numbering, bullet points, styling and more. The solution builds on familiar Microsoft environments, for increased adoption and minimal training.

The Big Benefits

  • Speed up document production times 
  • Keep brand consistency with firm templates 
  • Format and style complex documents with ease 
  • Apply configurable document stamping 
  • Integrate with your DMS and CMS

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See BigHand Document Creation in action

Learn how BigHand Document Creation allows users to utilise firm-approved templates, easily format legal documents and more in this 3-minute video. 

How can BigHand Document Creation help me?

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Optimise the quality of your legal documents while driving process improvement. Standardise document templates for consistent branding and improved version control, and simplify Microsoft tools for streamlined document production by any user, in any office, language, entity or jurisdiction.

Ensure documents are legal and brand compliant while streamlining document creation. Save time with simplified Microsoft tools that integrate with your DMS. Access key design features such as numbering, bullet points, styling and more, as well as centrally managed document templates for increased consistency.

Transparent and easy to implement with the familiar Microsoft environment for increased adoption and minimal training, and many integrations to systems including DMS, PMS, CRM and SQL databases.

  • Legal documents are the final product presented to your clients. Give your lawyers the tools to ensure they are legally compliant, consistently branded and client-friendly with centrally managed templates and pre-approved content. 
  • Give lawyers more time to focus on billable work with automated, streamlined document creation that simplifies Microsoft tools. 

Key Features

Easy Interface

Designed with input from support staff, lawyers and partners, so it meets the needs of your company, in a flexible, fuss-free fashion. 

Simple, Customisable Ribbon

Personalised ribbon and brandable user interface provide an optimised experience within a familiar Office environment.

User-friendly Boilerplate Wizards

Build powerful forms and populate the data fields automatically. Best of all, no coding is needed, except for exceptionally complex documents.

Flexible Template Access

Launch templates from any environment including Office, third party document management systems, SharePoint or bespoke applications.

Offline Working Mode

Stay productive even when not connected to the corporate network - you can continue creating and working on your documents wherever you are.

Author Lists

Lists are linked to the active directory for ease of selection, and office and language are easily selected at the document outset.

Integrated Template Designer

Instantly create new templates and precedents from within Word with the powerful template designer. No need to wait for offsite vendor support.

Centrally Managed Templates

Select templates in the customisable Template Launcher, with a handy wizard to capture all the relevant document information in one form.

Quick-fill Functionality

Users can save their wizard answers to re-use later. Easily create a new version of an existing document or use text from one document to create another.

Styling Tools

Users can utilise the many styling and drafting tools such as applying house styles for headings and numbering, for consistently branded documents with one click.

End Notes Browser

Gives users a view of all document end notes in one place without having to manually search long documents.

Many System Integrations

Including DMS, PMS, CRM and SQL databases. Plus  implementation and training is simple, fast and transparent.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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General

General

What is BigHand Document Creation?

BigHand Document Creation is a template management platform that enables users to quickly create documents based on the firm’s house-style and brand, on behalf of any user, in any location and in any language or jurisdiction the firm may practice in.  It works across the Microsoft Office suite in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Can BigHand Document Creation be used by anyone?

Yes.  BigHand Document Creation can be configured to support the firm’s own requirements and workflows. Users do not need expert knowledge of Word or the firm’s house style.

Can BigHand Document Creation be used to automate content?

Yes.  BigHand Document Creation can be configured to present a wizard to users when creating a document.  The wizard prompts document authors to select from options before populating the rendered document with the desired content.

Can it help with converting legacy documents to the new BigHand Document Creation template?

Yes.  BigHand Document Creation has functionality to select content from any document and place it into any of the firm’s BigHand Document Creation templates or to create a new version.

Can BigHand Document Creation handle printing?

Yes.  BigHand Document Creation can help to simplify MS Word printing tasks including printer tray selection.

Cost

How does pricing work?

BigHand offers multiple pricing options based on your specific business requirements. Pricing is based on the number of licenses your firm needs, your desired level of access to our features and how you’d like to configure the solution to best fit your needs. To receive a custom quote, chat to a member of our team here.

Adoption

Do you offer training?

Yes! We have a dedicated team of software trainers to help get your teams as self-sufficient as possible, as quickly as possible. We also offer flexibility for you to choose what type of training you require and how much of it you need.

Can users continue to work whilst offline?

Yes.  Users can continue to draft documents from templates whilst on a plane or otherwise disconnected.

Implementation Process & Ongoing Support

Can it integrate with other systems?

Yes.  BigHand Document Creation integrates with other commonly found third-party systems such as iManage, NetDocuments, InterAction, Outlook, Microsoft Dynamics, Aderant and Elite as well as having connectors to custom systems. 

Can I use BigHand Document Creation with Microsoft Office 365?

Yes.  BigHand Document Creation is compatible with MS Office 365.

Not all of our templates are in Microsoft Word - does BigHand Document Creation work with PowerPoint and Excel?

Yes.  The Practice can have templates in either Word, PowerPoint or Excel. 

Is my data held in the UK?

BigHand Document Creation is an on-premise solution, so all data is retained by the Firm.

Do I need a separate server for BigHand Document Creation?

No.  The solution has a very light footprint.

What if I need templates in languages other than English (UK)?

BigHand Document Creation has excellent multi-lingual capabilities, including production of dual language templates.

Configuration

Can firms create their own templates, or customize the ribbon?

Yes.   BigHand Document Creation comes with a built-in Design and Admin tool which means Practices can take control of their own templates in-house without the need for programming skills or reliance on vendor or third-party support.

BigHand Document Creation is extremely flexible and configurable.  The ribbon can be edited in-house using the inbuilt Designer and Admin tool.

If a core item of office information changes, do I have to update all my templates?

No.  a single change is made in a central location which is then utilised by all relevant templates. 

Can we ‘hide’ templates so they are visible only to selected user groups?

Yes. The templates visible in the ‘template chooser’ can be filtered according to the group to which the user belongs.

Can users mark templates as personal ‘favourites’?

Yes.  The Firm can also designate practice-wide favourite templates.

Can BigHand Document Creation handle complex template requirements?

BigHand Document Creation is extremely flexible and configurable.  It is used by some of the largest global law firms, meeting a wide range of requirements.  Please contact us to discuss how the solution may be configured to accommodate your specific needs.

References

Do you have client references?

Yes! You can read case studies from customers of all shapes and sizes here.

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