PayPal vs. LawPay vs. Clio Payments Examined

Clio Payments is available to subscribers of our Loyalty, Boutique, and Elite plans.

You can upgrade to the Boutique or Elite plan in the app, or if you’re interested in seeing how this feature can work for your law firm feel free to contact us by email or give us a call at 1-888-858-2546 (choose option #1).

Clio users can take advantage of the online payment affiliates which can securely accept payments from clients through the bills they send via Clio Connect. 

All processing companies below are separate third parties from that of Clio. Clio does not charge for these services. All pricing, guidelines and terms of service are established by the processing company. It is up to the Clio user and Clio Connect users to create accounts for the following online processors: 

 
Fraud Protection
  • Uses SSL (Secure Socket Layer) 3.0 or higher
  • Encryption Key Length of 168 bits - the highest level currently available.
  • Triple encrypted payment gateway that is fully compliant with all security standards set forth by the payment card industry.
  • Payment must meet and exceed 5% of the threshold amount.
  • Triple encrypted payment gateway that is fully compliant with all security standards set forth by the payment card industry.
  • Payment must meet and exceed 5% of the threshold amount. This is to protect the attorney and ensure clients are not abusing payments.
Bank Account Verification
  • Add and confirm your bank account to your PayPal account.
  • Provide voided checks for the accounts where you would like funds deposited and fees debited.
  • In addition to LawPay security measures the invoices themselves are also protected by Clio's security measures.
Credit Card Affiliations
Account Types
  • Operating Only
  • Trust or Operating Accounts
  • Currently only debits fees from operating account
  • Trust account must be accessed from the LawPay Website
  • Trust and Operating Accounts
  • Pay into Operating or Trust inside Clio
Currencies Supported
  • USD ($) 
  • AUD ($) 
  • CAD ($) 
  • NZD ($)
  • EUR (€)
  • GBP (£)
  • USD ($) only

Note: While LawPay is available in Canada, the Canadian version does not currently work with Clio.

  •  USD ($) only
Processing Time Instantaneous 1-2 business days  1-2 business days
Pricing (Subject to Change) Premier/Business*:
  • Pay small fee per transaction
  • Accepts Debit and Credit Card payments. Premier: Meant for individual sellers with high volume
  • Business: Meant for business
Personal (client) accounts: Free
  • You can send and receive money for free, but you cannot receive payments funded by debit or credit cards.
Merchant Accounts:
  • Processing rates per transaction
  • Options between system that the user will see **
  • Online vs. Physical terminal
  • Different structures
  • Activation Fee waived
  • Monthly Fee waived
  • Small processing fee per transaction
Payments
  • Payments must be made by the client.
  • Payments must be made within the Clio Connect Portal.
  • Payments must be made by the client.
  • Payments must be made within the Clio Connect Portal.
  • Partial payments and full payments can be made by the Clio User on behalf of the client or by the client.
  • Payments can be made within the Clio Connect portal, or within the shared invoice's email.
Partial Payments
  • Payments can only be made in full.
  • Partial payments are allowed by Lawpay.
  •  Partial payments can be made towards Clio invoices
Website http://www.paypal.com http://www.lawpay.com  Clio Payments
How do I apply? Registration Page: https://www.paypal.com/ca/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_registration-run Registration Page: http://www.lawpay.com/clio/  Setting up Clio Payments
Contact Sales: 1-866-357-0135
Support: 1-888-221-1161
Sales: 1-866-376-0950
Support: 1-800-459-5798
Sales: 1-888-858-2546 ext 1
Support: 1-888-858-2546 ext 2
How to pay (client)
  • Client must sign up for a personal PayPal Account.
  • If the Clio Account Administrator has a Merchant account with PayPal, clients can make payments without needing to sign up for an account with PayPal.
  • Enter Credit Card information
  • Enter Credit Card information towards Clio invoice
  • Credit Card information can be saved

*Pricing for PayPal is subject to change.  There are no setup costs or monthly fees.  Simply a small amount from each sale.

**Please contact LawPay for current pricing rates and fees.