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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions:

  • Microsoft Office 2013 32-bit or 64-bit (on 32-bit or 64-bit Windows)
  • Microsoft Office 2010 32-bit (on 32-bit or 64-bit Windows)

To use the YouWinLaw "Document Automation" and automatically create documents and document versions, Microsoft Word (2010 or 2013) must be installed.

To use the YouWinLaw "Send Documents with Email" function or drag and drop with emails and attachments, Microsoft Outlook (2010 or 2013) must be installed.

  • Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows 8.1 (32-bit or 64-bit)

YouWinLaw Starter, Personal and Workgroup Editions use a Microsoft Access database format (mdb) for their database (Access must not be installed). The Starter and Personal Edition is for one user, the Workgroup Edition for up to 5 users in a network.

YouWinLaw Professional edition use a free Microsoft SQL-Server Express for the database server.

YouWinLaw Enterprise Edition use a Microsoft SQL-Server for their database server. YouWinLaw is then a full client/server application, running at optimized speed and reduced network traffic (and delegating most of the work to the SQL Server).

No, when you receive a valid license (registration keys), the Starter Edition will convert automatically into a full version of YouWinLaw and all your addresses / contacts and clients / matters will be preserved.

YouWinLaw Starter, Personal and Workgroup Edition customers have free support via Email for YouWinLaw issues.

We offer the starter, personal and workgroup editions of YouWinLaw solely as internet downloads, and thus we handle all support and pre-sales inquiries via email. This allows us to keep our prices reasonable!

Don't hesitate to contact us: info@youwinlaw.co.za

YouWinLaw is being improved constantly in response to users' comments. Your feedback will be highly valued.

We offer personal and workgroup editions of YouWinLaw (up to 5 users) solely as internet downloads at affordable prices. We have a one-time license fee; all updates within same version are free. The updates may also include new functions. We normally launch a new major version every two to three years. We do not have any subscription or annual fees.

Founded by Jan Laukemann, who currently heads our team, YouWinLaw specializes in law firm management software. While most of us are software engineers and developers, we all have a wealth of experience in law firm administration. We also have a great appreciation for practical, easy-to-use designs. Because we are a specialized company, we can respond quickly and flexibly to customer requests in order to implement new features and functions in YouWinLaw. Law firm management is our passion, and we love working together with you to make your life easier!

We are able to create law firm management software that:

  • is easy to use without the need to read the manual first
  • puts all of the important information at your fingertips
  • offers the functionality you expect in a law firm and does so in an all-in-one program
  • has a nice, responsive design
  • provides full control over data and documents
  • integrates with the programs you are already using (such as Word, Excel, Outlook...)
  • is available at affordable, transparent prices
  • can be installed and set up by the non-technical user
  • Hierarchical view of clients / matters / projects (works like windows explorer with unlimited levels)
  • Separated view of clients and contacts (You can link the same address or contact to different projects)
  • Work Screen giving you important information at your fingertips, allowing you to do anything you wish directly
  • User interface: We liked the new Microsoft menu bars (ribbon) in Word 2007 (and our customers did, too), so that is something we implemented in YouWinLaw. And this user interface has one big advantage: all of the commands or functions are available in the YouWinLaw menu bar under different tabs (grouped by the tasks arising in a law firm), eliminating the need for a lot of buttons etc.
  • Drag & Drop: If you can drag a document (or email) in Windows Explorer or Outlook, then you can also drag it to (and from) YouWinLaw
  • Document creation allowing you to use your own word templates

Word Questions:

Yes, just open the template in Microsoft Word and change it there. You will find the Templates in My Documents\YouWinLaw Folder: C:\Users\[user]\Documents\YouWinLaw\Templates\

You can also use your own templates and save them in the YouWinLaw template folder and add bookmarks for addresses etc. Use the YouWinLaw Administrator for this.

Yes. After installing the Office 365 on your PC, all document functionality in YouWinLaw with Microsoft Word and Outlook is enabled. We have tested with Microsoft Office 365 Small Business.

Microsoft Office Click-to-Run uses a drive Q: which is not available for other applications like YouWinLaw. More information from Microsoft on how to obtain the MSI-based Office product (normal setup).

In particular, see the workaround in that article:

If Office Click-to-Run does not meet your needs, you can uninstall it, and obtain the MSI-based Office product. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Uninstall the Office Click-to-Run version of Office 2010 by using Control Panel.
  • Visit the site where you purchased Office 2010, and sign in by using your Live ID.
  • Then, click My Account at the top of the home page to access your Office 2010 downloads.
  • Click Download for the suite you purchased, and then click Advanced Options under Download Now.
  • There is a version of Office 2010 listed that is not Click-to-Run and that does not require an available Q: drive.

If you are trying to create a bill from YouWinLaw but getting an error message from Word saying that macros in this project are disabled: You can enable the Word Macros in Word.

Network Questions:

Yes, YouWinLaw Workgroup Edition supports up to 5 users. YouWinLaw Professional and Enterprise Edition supports small and large networks with Microsoft SQL Server.

Yes, you can install YouWinLaw Starter Edition on multiple PCs with one central database (you are limited to one timekeeper / one user).

YouWinLaw Workgroup Edition supports up to 5 Users. If you have more users, we recommend that you switch to the professional or enterprise edition, which uses a Microsoft SQL Server as a database.

Backup Questions:

Normally you can just include all Folders (including sub folders) from:
C:\Users\[user]\Documents\YouWinLaw\*.*

  • YouWinLaw Database:
    C:\Users\[user]\Documents\YouWinLaw\Database\winyoulaw.mdb
  • YouWinLaw generated and imported Documents and EMails:
    C:\Users\[user]\Documents\YouWinLaw\AutoDoc\*.*
    (Include all sub folders!)
  • YouWinLaw Microsoft Word Templates:
  • C:\Users\[user]\Documents\YouWinLaw\Templates\*.*

Technical Questions:

YouWinLaw Starter, Personal and Workgroup Editions use a Microsoft Access database format (mdb) for their database (Microsoft Access must not be installed and we do not use any runtime modules from Access).

YouWinLaw Professional use the free Microsoft SQL-Server Express for the database server. YouWinLaw Enterprise Edition use Microsoft SQL-Server for the database server: a full client-server application running at optimized speed and reduced network traffic (and delegating most of the work to the SQL Server). YouWinLaw supports SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server 2014.

We have customers with more than 250 users on one single SQL Server.

You remain in (full) control of data and documents.

All of the YouWinLaw data is saved in a single database. All of the documents are saved in your YouWinLaw documents folder (normally located in your documents folder or on your file server). Even emails from Outlook are copied and saved as a document (but can still be viewed from Outlook!)

YouWinLaw is programmed in Visual C++ (same as Microsoft Word, Excel etc).

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