User Roles and Permissions
User roles are the primary means to control what users are allowed to do on a site; which tabs and links they see, which reports they can run, etc.
Subpage: Standard User Role Setup
Setting a User's Role
Each user is assigned a User Role in their user profile.
Adding and Editing User Roles
The user roles available on a site are a lookup list maintained on the Admin > Lookups page.
The permissions assigned to each role are managed on the Admin > User Roles (Permissions) page.
You can create as many user roles as desired. However each role adds to the options in various places (see the next two sections), so we recommend keeping the list of roles to only those actually needed.
Controlling Search Menu Links by Role
The Search tab on the Admin > Top Level Navigation Bar/Search page has several options for turning off various Search menu links entirely, or by role.
If you add a new User Role, it will not be selected in any of those lists. Users assigned to the new role will have an anemic Search menu until you adjust.
Controlling Processes, Profiles, and Reports by Role
In addition to the permissions that can be assigned to a role, most processes and profiles have a Permissions section, where each user role can be given or denied permission to use a process or display a profile.
For example, if a site has an auxiliary process that allows editing the legal problem code on closed cases, permission to use that process (to see the link on a closed case) can be limited to the Administrator role. Permissions on individual processes and profiles are maintained on the Admin > Processes, Forms, and Profiles page.
Each report has a "Roles Allowed to View this Report" section, with a checkbox for each user role.
Settings on each User Role Page
Click on a role name on the Admin > User Roles (Permissions) page to see the settings for that role.
These pages include several elements:
Viewable Navigation Tabs (internal)
Viewable Navigation Tabs (external)
Viewable User Stripe Items
The external permissions and navigation tabs sections only apply if a site is configured to control access based on the IP address a user is connecting from. See Restricting Access to LegalServer by Location for more information. For sites that do not use this feature, only the internal settings apply.
The permissions list for each role primarily controls legacy links on various pages and links on the Admin page. A typical user may need no permissions checked other than Login.
Add Client Time
Allows the "Add Staff Time" link to appear in the Actions menu on cases. Sites using dynamic timekeeping can, and need to, set permissions as desired on the dynamic process used to create case timeslips.
Add/Edit Grant Filters
Allows a user to use the "Add/Edit Filters" actions link on grant pages.
Allows a user to add new lookups.
Add Time to Closed Cases
Allows a user to add time to closed cases. Without this permission, a user can attempt to add time to a closed case, but will be stopped with a "Case is closed" validation failure when they try to save. NB: This permission does not apply to the Add Case Note block's mini-timeslilp form (LS-85363).
Administer Bar Code Scanning
Enables Admin page links. See Barcode Scanning
Administer Calendar Colors
Administer Clinic Settings
Allows a user to change Clinic Settings. Assumes the Clinic module is enabled.
* Allows a user to edit and delete templates. Needed if you want users to see the "Edit this document" link on document profile pages.
* Allows a user to delete folders in the document tree on cases, etc. NB: Users can always delete individual files.
Administer HUD Reporting - separate module
Administer Pro Bono Tools
Enables various Admin page links.
Administer Sharepoint Documents - separate module
Administer User Passwords
Allows a user to reset other user's passwords.
Allows a user to see related links on the Admin page. Assumes the HUD module is enabled.
Needed for other permissions to work: Edit Pro Bono Settings, View Pro Bono Interest Log, and View Pro Bono Opportunity Matters
Allow Access to View Other User's Profiles
Without this permission, users can only view their own profile page.
Allow Editing Affirmed And Passed Timeslips - AGM (Advanced Grants Management) - highly recommend you do not use this permission. It allows adding time to Posted pay periods, which is seldom a good idea.
Allow Editing Confirmed Timeslips - AGM
Allow Editing Distributed Timeslips - AGM
Allow Editing Finalized Timeslips - AGM
Allow Editing Verified Timeslips - AGM
Allow Mass User Updating
Enables the Mass Assignment Update link and the Mass Calendar Update link on user profiles.
Allow Shifting of Funds in Cases - AGM Admin page link
Allow User to Broadcast Events
Displays the Broadcast Event field on events. Broadcasting places an event on all users' calendars
Allow User To Flag Documents As Viewable Offline - applicable to online intake sites and external forms
API (various links) - typically only needed for an "API User". Follow directions for specific APIs.
Batch Funding Code Updates - see Batch Funding Code Update Tool
Case/Client Alerts - Can Dismiss
Cases - Electronic Case Transfer List - View
If the module is enabled, controls permission to see incoming etransfers on a static Cases section fron, and the direct link to the static Incoming Transfers page (Admin > Electronic Case Transfers).
Cases - Show Delete this Assignment Link
Cases - Sidebar Snapshot - View
Uncheck to hide the Snapshot New element on cases. Only hides the Snapshot New element, not the legacy Snapshot element. If the side bar has no other information to display, it is completely hidden.
Client IP Address Ranges - see Restricting Access to LegalServer by Location
Allows a user to mark lookup values as inactive.
Enables the Transfer/Delete link on individual case notes.
Delete Other Matters
Allows a user to delete other matters/outreach records. Note that the "Delete" link actually just marks an outreach record as inactive.
Distribute Timeslips - AGM (Advanced Grants Management)
Edit Advanced System Settings
Allows a user to add/edit site specific processes, profiles, and fields/lookups.
Edit Billing Entries
Allows a user to edit billing entries in the billing list view, which is also included in the edit billing block.
Edit Billing Setup
Edit Calendar Settings
Edit Case Exception Settings
Edit Case Financial Snapshots
Assumes the Financial Snapshots module is enabled.
Edit Closed Cases
Not having this permission removes the following (mostly legacy) links on closed cases: edit the funding code, date opened, citizenship status, eligibility, and financial information. Note that fields and blocks in the main part of a case profile are controlled by their individual "Editable Dispositions" configuration and not this permission.
Edit Contact Settings
Edit Contract Attorney Information
Assumes the Contract Attorney modules is enabled.
Edit Document Settings
Allows access to the Admin > Document Settings page.
Allows access to the Admin > System Field Management page, and the Custom Field Management page.
Edit Funding Code for Case Timekeeping
Allows user to change the funding code on timeslips linked to cases from the default which is the funding code of the case.
Edit Funding Code for Non-Client Timekeeping
Allows a user to change the funding code on timeslips not linked to cases or matters.
Edit Funding Code for Outreach Timekeeping
Allows a user to change the funding code on timeslips linked to outreach records.
Edit Funding Code Locks - AGM (Advanced Grants Management)
Edit Funding Code on Pending Cases
Allows a user to see and use the "Edit" link next to Funding Code in the snapshot area of a pending case.
Edit Funding Codes (Grant Management)
Allows a user to edit funding codes in the grant management section of the admin tab. This includes:
- The source and code for funds
- The ability to make funding codes active/inactive
- The filtering criteria for allowing funding codes to be applied to cases/time
- The ability to tie a dynamic process to a funding code
Edit Grant Settings
Edit Guided Navigation - separate module
Edit Help (No longer applicable)
Edit Intake Information
Allows a user to see and use the legacy "Edit Intake Information" link that appears on the Intake tab of the taskbar. The link will appear for users with this permission if there is an auxiliary process created and set for the Edit Intake Data process in Admin > Process Settings.
Edit Intake Settings
Edit Levels of Service on a Case - see Level of Service
Edit Local Transfer Outcomes
Allows a user to edit the status of local transfer outcomes on a case that has been electronically transferred. The Edit Case Transfer Outcomes link will not appear as an available action on a case profile unless this permission is enabled.
Edit Locked Funding Codes on Cases/Outreaches
Edit LS Index Category Map
Edit Median Income Scales
Edit Message Settings
Edit Multiple Users Simultaneously
Enables a link of the same name on user profile pages. This feature allows you to change the office, program, role, active status, and password for multiple users simultaneously.
Edit Organizational Referral Criteria
Allows a user to configure the referral criteria in organization profiles.
Edit Outreach Settings
Edit Own Offices
Allows a user to change their office on their user profile page. Note: This effectively allows a determined user to bypass Restricted Programs/Offices.
Edit Own Programs (effective 2021-09-03)
Allows a user to change their program on their user profile page. Note: This effectively allows a determined user to bypass Restricted Programs/Offices.
Needed for sites using static user forms. Otherwise the Program/Project field cannot be edited.
Edit Poverty Scale
Allows a user to make changes to the poverty scales on the Admin > Poverty Scales page.
Edit Pro Bono Settings
Display the Pro Bono Settings page on Admin
Edit restricted offices/programs
Allows a user to edit the restricted offices and programs on the Admin > Restricted Offices and Programs page.
Edit Support Tickets
Allows a user to change the client priority and provide feedback on support tickets in Admin / Support Tickets.
Edit System Navbar
Edit System Settings
Allows a user to access to the Outreach, Timekeeping, and Process settings links in the admin tab.
Edit System Timekeeping
Edit Top Level Navigation Bar
Allows a user to edit the various settings in Admin/Top Level Navigation Bar. This includes:
- The site name that appears at the top of the page
- The submit email settings (the How do I...? link)
- Which tabs are visible
- The order of the tabs
- The text of the tabs
- Which items appear in the toolbar (i.e. red search link, time, etc...)
- The ability to configure how the red search link behaves (i.e. show SSN, use partial match, etc.)
Edit Transfer Outcome Lookup
Edit Trust Account Pages
Enables the static Create New Trust or Expense Transaction link in the Actions menu on cases (the ability to add transactions); enables the Edit link on existing transactions.
Edit User Permissions
Allows a user to edit the permissions for each user role.
Edit Vouchers - separate module
Edit Zip Codes - allows access to the Admin > Zip Codes page.
Forecasting View Financial Details - separate module
Front Page - View Quickbar (When Available)
Groups Module (No longer applicable)
Import and Export Lookup Values
Journal Entry Admin - AGM (Advanced Grants Management)
Controls the ability to login. The Login Active field on each user's profile can still be set to "No" to prevent a user from logging in, even if the user's role has this permission.
Lookup Merge Queue - Admin page
Manage Case Transfer Settings
Allows a user to configure the lookup mappings to the Legal Server index and the case transfer settings. These include:
- Selecting the data sent with an electronically transferred case that agencies use to determine eligibility
- Selecting which users should be alerted when a case is received electronically and needs review
Allows access to the following Admin pages. The links available depend on site configuration and which modules are enabled.
- Adjustments Made
- Close Time
- Leave Categories
- Overtime Report
- Post Leave Hours
- Post Time
Also controls whether a user selector is displayed on the "Your Leave Hours" page (if the leave module is enabled).
Enables the "Merge this Contact" link on contact profile pages.
Enables the "Merge/Delete" link for lookup values in Admin / Lookups.
Enables the "Merge this Organization" link on organization profile pages.
Posted Time Admin
Enables the Posted Time link on the Admin page.
Processes - Download PDF
Reject Closed Cases
(Most sites do not use the legacy Data Error side bar element referenced here) Allows a user to reject closed cases via a legacy link. Removing this permission removes the legacy Data Error tab that can appear in the taskbar on cases (that tab includes a "Reject case" link). Note that this permission only removes the Data Error tab from closed cases. See "View Data Error Tab" in permissions below. Administrators can also remove the Data Error tab from open and closed cases by disabling the Side: Data Error element on the Main Profile in Admin / Processes, Forms, and Profiles.
Re-Open Closed Cases
Enables the "Re-open case" link on closed cases if the Closing Options element is used.
Re-Open Rejected Matters
Enables "Re-open Application" and "Re-open Intake" links on rejected prescreens and intakes, respectively.
Enables the edit links next to report names and the "Add New Report" actions link on the main report page. Users with this role can run and edit any report regardless of the role permissions set on individual reports.
Reports - API Access
Resolve Timeslip Questions
Allows the user to resolved timeslip questions. Only applicable if the advanced time distribution module is enabled.
Review Waiver Requests
Enables the Waiver Requests link on the Admin page if the Waiver module is enabled.
Run Reports that take more than 10 Minutes - should only be enabled, if at all, for the Administrator role.
Send Status Updates - see Requesting Status Updates from Pro Bono Advocates
Show Branch in Admin - no longer applicable - all sites are on the same code branch
Displays the LegalServer branch (weekly, monthly, quarterly) at the bottom of the Admin page.
Show Future Reports - typically only enabled on demo sites
Enables the Future Reports tab on a static Reports page.
Show Hidden Folders in Documents List
Allows access to certain folders on the main Documents page such as Logos.
Show Save Report Button
Displays the "Save Report" button when running a report, allowing the user to save a version of the report to the Saved Reports list.
Show Search Link
Allows the user to see the Search link/menu, and search for client names, case IDs, etc.
Site-Specific Lookup Management - enables Admin page link, which is now called Custom Lookup Management.
Top Navigation Bar - Show My Assignments Link (old interface only - no longer applicable)
Undistribute Time - AGM (Advanced Grants Management)
Allows adding new users and editing existing users. This permission is commonly granted to a role such as "Pro Bono Coordinator" so that person can manage the user profiles of the pro bono panel. This permission only affects the legacy static processes and forms. Sites using dynamic processes and forms control the ability to add and edit users by setting user role permissions on those processes.
Verify Timeslips - AGM (Advanced Grants Management)
View Activity Presets - see Activity Presets
View All Cases
Allows a user to view all cases, regardless of any restrictions that may be placed on particular offices or programs via the Admin / Restricted Program and Offices page, or via the Case Restrictions field on individual cases.
View All Documents
Allows a user to view all documents (files), regardless of any restrictions placed on documents.
View All Non-Client Time
Allows a user to view other users' non-client time.
View Billing List - Admin page link
View Billing Report - Admin page link
Allows access to the Admin > Brochures page.
View Bulk Referral List - Admin page link
View Common Party List - Admin page link
Allows access to the Admin > Communications page (i.e., the Communications Manager feature).
View 'Data Error' Tab
Legacy case profile element - Do not use. Includes the "Data Error?" tab in the taskbar of a case profile. The tab includes a link to reject a case. Administrators may prefer to disable this permission and use the permissions settings on the Reject Case process in Admin / Processes, Forms, and Profiles.
View Deleted Notes Log
Enables the Deleted Notes link on the Admin page, which displays all deleted and transfered case notes.
View Document List
Allows access to the Admin > Documents page. This is the same page as the navigation bar Documents tab if that is enabled.
Allows a user to work with donation records.
View Edit Form Link
Displays a link on dynamic forms and dynamic profile pages that displays the edit page for that form or profile (instead of manually going to Admin > Processes, Forms, and Profiles and finding the form or profile).
View/Edit Restricted Notes
View/Edit Social Service Notes
View Electronic Case Transfers - Admin page link
View Electronic Field Transfers - Admin page link
View Grant List
View Message Center
View Navigation Tabs
Allows a user to view the navigation tabs along the top of the page and the red Search link. Not having this permission is a common setting for pro bono advocates or students that are only able to access cases to which they have been assigned using the list of current assignments on the home tab.
View Office Locations - Admin page link
View Others' Private Calendar Events
View Other Users' Time
Removing this permission has the following effects: Hides the user filter on the Timekeeping Log so users with this role can't see other's time; Hides the time entries on other's user profile pages; Hides other's time on reports.
View Outreach List
View Pro Bono Interest Log - Admin page link
View Pro Bono Opportunity List (Home)
Enables this list on the home page if Pro Bono Opportunities is enabled in Admin.
View Pro Bono Opportunities Matters - Admin page link
View Publications Queue
View Site Settings - Admin page link
View Support Tickets - Admin page link
View System Speed Information
Enables the System Speed link on the Admin page, which displays various statistics regarding page load times, ping times, etc.
View Template Links (Hotdocs) - separate module
Allows a user to view the links in the timekeeping tab for viewing monthly time sheets and attendance records if enabled.
View time within office
Allows a user to view all time associated with the user's current office, as well as the user's own time for any office.
View User List