Can Accounting Software Be Both Simple And Complex?

Have you ever used software so complicated that you had to hire a consultant to teach you how to use it? And how did that work out for you? When it comes to desired features in legal billing and accounting software, “horribly complicated” isn’t at the top of the list.…

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Maintain Practice Security With User Permissions

If you have multiple users accessing Easy TimeBill, then you probably don’t want everyone to be able to do everything. You don’t want to give any one user more authority than necessary because that weakens the overall security of any legal billing and accounting software. You wouldn’t give every person…

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If You Aren’t Watching Your Money Then Who Is?

You’re an attorney not an accountant so it can be easy to dismiss the financial details of running your practice in favor of actually practicing law. However aggressive bill collection is a part of a successful practice. Aggressive doesn’t mean nasty, but it does mean you need to stay on…

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Meet the Smiths – Part 4: Lawyer Billing Software for Your Bottom Line

You’ve been hired by Tom Smith for buying and selling his first house, buying his second house, divorcing the first Mrs. Smith and now divorcing the second Mrs. Smith.  He’s asking whether you’ll offer him a discount and you’re wondering if you’ve been billing him enough. Easy Soft legal billing…

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Law Firm Mergers and Acquisitions 101? Be Sure You’re Using Easy Soft’s Law firm Billing Software

There is an important point to be made on the topic of law office mergers and acquisitions, relating to a firm’s legal billing software and trust accounting. It’s not just your clients, the courts, and grievance or fee arbitration boards who might look through your billing and trust accounting records. …

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Client Payments Result from Strategic Legal Billing Software

Imagine you client opening the invoice you’re about to send.  What do you picture the reaction will be? If the answer is ‘displeased’ or ‘unhappy’ or ‘upset’ and you can only picture them looking at the bottom line, then perhaps it’s time to change your approach to billing. Getting paid…

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Using Your Legal Billing Software to Maintain Advance Retainer Deposits

If you’re like most attorneys we talk to, you obtain one advance retainer deposit when you are first hired and finish the engagement with an overdue balance. Attorneys focus on delivery of professional services, which is the heart of law as a noble profession.  But, do you have a business…

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Avoid Costly Trust Account Mistakes

If there is any one item you don’t want to mismanage, it is your escrow account. Best practices indicate that simply reconciling your trust account bank statements at the end of every month is not enough to avoid costly mistakes. Trust accounting software for attorneys can help you minimize the…

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Unlimited Growth Potential – Attorney Billing Software

At Easy Soft, we’re optimists.  We even program our legal software with features full of optimism. Take our legal billing software, for example.  We’ve built it to fit your firm today and the firm you might want to grow, tomorrow.  You can purchase Easy TimeBill today with a single license…

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Eliminate the Oops! When You Write Checks using Easy Soft

How many programs, papers, and calculators do you have on your desk when you are paying bills?  If you’re like most attorneys, you’re not taking advantage of the advances in legal software technology that resulted in our “Easy Trust” and “Easy TimeBill” a pair of legal software programs that take…

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Increasing the Odds of Client Payment through an Easy Soft Merchant Account

To increase your profits, you need to minimize your non-billable tasks, and that includes chasing clients for payments for work you’ve already performed and billed. Easy Soft offers a full suite of payment options to accompany its legal time and billing software, including merchant accounts for credit cards, debit cards,…

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UTBMS billing codes. What are they? And why do they matter? – Attorney Billing Software

Let’s get this out of the way first:  “UTBMS” is the acronym for “Uniform Task-Based Management System.” Why should this matter to your selection of legal software? UTBMS was released by the American Bar Association Litigation Section in 2002, after the American Corporate Counsel Association had used a task force…

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Multiple Rates, Multiple Billers, Make It Easy! – Legal Billing and Accounting Software

There’s your rate and there’s your paralegal’s rate.  There are the partners’ rates and the associates’ rates.  And by the time the billing clerk is done punching a calculator, there’s the headache and the mistakes. Why not make it easier to compile the monthly billing? Easy Soft’s attorney billing software…

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The Evidence for Collecting Against that Overdue Client – Attorney Billing Software

The end stage with a non-paying client is for you to sue in collections. Why is it so off-putting to file a collections case to win the fees that you know you’ve already earned?  Could it be that you don’t want to show the judge your shoebox of handwritten billing…

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Fee Arbitration Requires Attention to Your Client Invoices

Most states now have a process for an attorney or a client to request fee arbitration.  In some cases, you’re the one seeking fee arbitration as a first step in the formal collections process.  In other cases, you’re defending against a client, likely one with an overdue balance. If you…

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An Invoice, All of Your Own – Lawyer Billing Software

Clients want to feel good about paying money to their lawyer.  They want to know that you have a particular presence in a competitive marketplace and that you are a top-notch professional. Part of how you provide positive reinforcement to clients about your professionalism is to send clients a professional…

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Avoid Costly Trust Account Mistakes

If there is any one item you don’t want to mismanage, it is your escrow account. Best practices indicate that simply reconciling your trust account bank statements at the end of every month is not enough to avoid costly mistakes. Trust accounting software for attorneys can help you minimize the…

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One Batch Processing to Speed Up Collections – Law Firm Billing Software

Collections against your own clients are no fun.  You’ve been in battle together and now you’re in battle with each other. The key to successful collections is continued billing and communication, but you need to simplify that so you don’t loose time you could be billing on a file with…

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Easy Accounting for Hourly Billers

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know how strongly we feel that a law firm using generic, non- legal billing and accounting software is a law firm missing out on an opportunity to be efficient, streamlined, and state bar compliant. Easy Soft’s legal billing and trust…

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Lawyers Will be Lawyers

We know. You went to school for years, and boast a doctorate behind your name. You contextualize eloquently, and your logic is more or less unflawed. But when it comes down to it, how is the law really different from other professional practices? Well, let’s see. You advise clients. So…

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Pop Quiz: How Well Do You Understand Trust Accounting?

The bar exam and your professional responsibility class are ancient history. You’re not an ethics lawyer, and you don’t file legal malpractice suits. All the more reason we want to spring this pop quiz on you! Q1: Which of these funds do not belong in your clients’ trust accounts? 1.…

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Slap a Finance Charge On It – Legal Time & Billing Software

Late payments from clients. No fun, right? No matter what kind of legal billing software you have, late payments require you to send (yet) another bill and nag your client—neither of these fun tasks. And statistics show: the longer it takes for a bill to get paid, the harder it…

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Legal Billing Software – Are Your Numbers Growing…for the Wrong Reasons?

It’s the end of the month. Time to review your accounts receivable. If you compare the numbers to last month: they’ve definitely grown. The good news? The firm’s doing great, and work shows no signs of slowing down. The bad news? Too many of your numbers are simply carried over…

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How Retainer Reminders Can Improve a Law Firm’s Cash Flow

You get a new client. She engages you, and you deposit her retainer check. Then you start work on the matter. As the months or weeks go by, her retainer amount gets depleted. Sooner or later (but mostly sooner), you find the amount approaching, well, zero. At this point, most…

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Protect the Integrity and Security of your Data—While Keeping Life Easy

The most common and dangerous of all legal billing pitfalls is choosing complicated software that fails to protect the integrity and security of your law firm data. If your software is too complicated to learn or use, then you’re not receiving the benefit of IT leverage. Technology isn’t making your…

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New! ETB 4.0 Ease in Invoicing…and Other Reports

As we discussed in our last blog post, we’ve made a host of improvements to Easy TimeBill (ETB), our intuitive and simple law office billing software. In that last post, we discussed changes in the user interface. Today, we’ll discuss changes in invoicing, and other legal time and billing reports.…

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New! ETB 4.0 Greater Ease in Legal Time and Billing

Fantastic news! We have just released Easy TimeBill 4.0. As you know, Easy Soft legal software emphasizes ease of use. Our company mission—built right into our name – is an ongoing quest to offer the ultimate in software simplicity. Although we stand by the ease of all of our existing…

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What’s An Easy Way to Track My Expenses?

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we affirm that not all legal billing software is created equal. And not all of it is created for lawyers. Since hours are your law firm’s main inventory, your focus is squarely on your billables. But while not a profit basis,…

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Using Trust Accounting Software to Demystify 3-Way Reconciliation

Easy Soft’s Easy Trust software, and the software generates all the numbers for you. You don’t have to think about it, or figure out how to do it: you just have to remember to do it. With the click of your mouse, it’s there!

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A Primer for Trust Accounting

It’s not enough for your Attorney billing and trust accounting software to track retainer funds in trust accounts. You need trust bookkeeping safeguards, too.

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Aging Invoices and Lapsed Retainers, and How Legal Billing Software Can Help

It’s been proven: the more proactively reminder notices you send, the more likely you are to get paid. Good law firm billing software such as Easy Time Bill can automatically prepare batch reminder notices for all overdue invoices—and print them along with your choice of cover letter.

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Keep Accounting Nightmares Out of Your Life

If that’s the case, things get far simpler. A trust accounting software like Easy Trust works in tandem with a legal time and billing software like Easy TimeBill. All of the above steps are automated, and/or easy to track.

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Ah, the Easy Life. That’s Your Billing and Trust – Software Working in Blissful Tandem

In the last post, we talked about the necessity of keeping your trust accounts spic and span, and putting retainers into trust accounts until earned.

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Stop! In the Name Of…Retainers? – Practicing Law Is Just Like Practicing Anything. Right?

Sure, you’re smarter than the average Jamie…and your logic is, well, flawless. But in many ways, the law is just like other professions. You advise clients. You prepare forms and other documentation. Your brain is your biggest tool—followed by that smart paralegal you hired, and (let’s not forget!) your legal software. You bill hourly, and collect a retainer against your billing.

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Guide to Purchasing Legal Time and Billing Software (Part 3 of 3)

Easy Soft specializes in making life easy for lawyers, our Technical Support Team and Business Analysts can introduce you to further administrative efficiencies you haven’t thought of—and won’t immediately discover.

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Guide to Purchasing Legal Time and Billing Software (Part 2 of 3)

software training, software setup, and practice customization. Today, we’ll discuss how an all-inclusive package is mandatory for even the most technologically savvy of attorneys and law firms.

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