Overview

With Custom Attributes, you are able to create customizable fields in Docketwise for Contacts and Matters. These Custom Attributes can be:

  • Tracked and filled on the Contact's/Matter's overview page

  • Asked on Custom Intakes to be filled out by clients

  • Included in Automated Templates

  • Reported on and utilized as filters in Contact and Matter Reports

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Contents


Attribute Types

There are 5 different Custom Attribute types, allowing you to ask, document, track, and report on just about anything:

  1. Text: Answers may include any combination of text, numbers, space, and symbols

  2. Number: Answers may include numbers and spaces

  3. Date: Answers may only be in date format

  4. Boolean: Answers may only be true/false

  5. List: Answer is chosen from a list of options


Creating Custom Attributes

To create a new Custom Attribute, you will need to follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Custom Attributes

  2. Click the + New Custom Attribute button

  3. Give your Custom Attribute a name

  4. Choose the Attribute Type (and include list items if creating a list type)

  5. Indicate whether the Custom Attribute is to be assigned to a Contact or Matter

  6. Click the Create button


Viewing and Updating a Contact's/Matter's Custom Attributes

In order to view and update a contact's/matter's custom attribute, you will need to follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to the Contact's/Matter's overview page

  2. Click the pencil icon for the Custom Attribute value that you would like to set

  3. Enter the desired value

  4. Click the Update button

Contact:

Matter:


Custom Attributes in Custom Intakes

In addition to being able to set the value of a Custom Attribute on the contact's/matter's overview page, your can ask your clients to provide this information in a Custom Intake.

In order to ask your client to provide this information, you will need to either create a Custom Intake Template or add these questions to an already-existing Custom Intake Template under Settings > Custom Intakes; to learn more about Custom Intakes, click here.

To add these questions to a Custom Intake Template, you will need to follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to the Custom section

  2. Locate the Custom Question relating to your Custom Field

  3. Click the pencil icon to edit the question being asked (optional)

  4. Click the slider bar to active and the question will be added to your Custom Intake

Note: If a Matter Custom Attribute is present in the Custom Intake, the Smart Form must be assigned to a matter to populate these fields.


Custom Attributes in Automated Templates

Automated Templates allow you to create templated documents in Docketwise that automatically populate said documents with information from Docketwise with Merge Tags.

Values for Custom Attributes can also be added as to Automated Templates with Merge Tags; to learn more about Automated Templates and Merge Tags, click here.

To view the list of Merge Tags related to your Custom Attributes, you will need to follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Automated Templates

  2. Click the + New Template button

  3. Click the Custom Attributes tab


Custom Attributes in Reporting

Custom Attributes in Docketwise can be reported on and used as filters (along with other filters) for creating reports. Custom Attributes are available in the following type of reports:

  • Contact Reports

    • Contacts over time

  • Matter Reports

    • Matters over time

    • Matters by status

    • Matters by preference category

To report on custom attributes or use custom attributes in filters in reporting, you will need to follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to your Docketwise Dashboard

  2. Click the Create New ▼ button

  3. Choose the Report option

  4. Choose the type of report you would like to create

  5. Click the Filter by Attributes button

  6. Indicate the criteria for your Custom Attribute filters

  7. Click the Update button

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