4 Ways Lawyer Billing Software Improve Your Practice’s Collection Rates

When you were in law school, you probably assumed you’d spend your days practicing law. Unfortunately the reality of running any business is there are a host of other administrative details that take time away from the core function of the organization. If you spend too much of your day…

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The Paperless Paper Trail: Protect Your Practice with Attorney Time and Billing Software

Is your law practice ready for an audit? Law firms are often the target of ethics inquiries and you need to be sure you can back up all of your financial transactions with an unimpeachable paper trail. Of course nowadays the paper trail often isn’t paper, and billing software for…

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Time and Billing Software Conundrum: To Email or Not To Email

Technology has helped streamline the modern law practice, but software tools can hurt your firm if used incorrectly. Legal billing and accounting software like Easy TimeBill gives you the option of emailing invoices to your clients, but should you? Emailed invoices have a number of advantages for your practice: Low…

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Time and Billing Software Improves Client Satisfaction

Law firms, like any business, depend on client referrals to generate new business. However unlike other industries, your customers aren’t usually qualified to judge whether or not you are a good attorney. Your image is going to have as much or more to do with client satisfaction as your legal…

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Tracking Trust Credits and Debits with Legal Accounting Software

Trust account funds must be managed and maintained separately but it is neither practical nor cost effective to open separate accounts. One reason for this is the need to receive or remit monies on multiple matters in one check. Easy TimeBill attorney time and billing software with the optional Easy…

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How to Use Attorney Time and Billing Software to Create an Alternate Billing Plan

Don’t make the mistake of dismissing alternate billing as something only for simple “file a couple of forms” cases. Law firms are creating flat fee arrangements for matters of all types and clients love it. Easy TimeBill billing software for lawyers is a critical tool for creating a fee structure…

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Simplify Retainer Management by Using Lawyer Billing Software

Retainers are the cornerstone of many legal billing arrangements. However collecting, distributing and managing those retainers is not as easy as it might appear. Attorneys use legal billing and accounting software to automate the process and improve the practice’s financial position. Manual retainer management is a lot of work. Attorneys…

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Use Lawyer Billing Software to Recession-Proof Your Firm

Everyone agrees the economy is recovering, so why talk about recession proofing now? Because you don’t patch your leaky roof when it’s raining. You wait for the weather to clear. Now is the perfect time for companies to leverage technology such as Easy TimeBill attorney time and billing software to…

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4 Steps to Improve Client Payments Using Legal Billing And Accounting Software

Nobody likes to pay their lawyers. After all, attorneys are all rich people with mansions and yachts and million dollar expense accounts, right? That’s news to a lot of struggling lawyers. Ignoring overdue accounts will put you out of business, but being too aggressive upsets the client and damages the…

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Paperless Invoicing Is Easy With Time and Billing Software

You may not realize how expensive it is to send out invoices. In addition to postage you are paying for stationery and printer toner as well as the time it takes the staff to print bills and stuff envelopes and the storage space you need to keep your copies of…

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Tips for Documenting Attorney Hours and Expenses

Work or expenses not billed is lost money. Although a few dollars here and there may not seem like much, if you are missing expenses regularly that it quickly builds into a large loss of revenue. Too many attorneys use haphazard methods to track hours, which ultimately causes them to…

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Law Practice Success Means Looking To the Future

The May/June 2013 edition of Law Practice magazine had an article entitled “Future-Proofing Your Law Firm” that gave some good advice for the modern law practice. We are going to take the key points the writer made and show how they apply to Easy Soft’s legal billing and accounting software.…

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Lost Hours Are Like Throwing Money in The Garbage

Are you one of those rich attorneys who lights his cigars with $100 bills? Probably not unless you live in a cartoon. Real life attorneys know better than to waste money on something that ridiculous and yet a shocking number of practices are doing exactly that by not making full…

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The Solution to Multi-Attorney Billing

An important case might involve several attorneys, each handling a specialized component of the matter. Each of those attorneys is supported by paralegals, secretaries, accountants and others. How can you easily and accurately account for all those people in your legal billing and accounting software? Manual time tracking nightmare Trying…

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Can Your Billing Software Handle Your Fee Structure?

Some law firms take only a narrow range of cases, but most practices prefer the financial stability of diversification. Different cases are suited to different fee structures and it is important for law firms to choose attorney time and billing software able to handle all of the practice’s billing needs.…

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Why Small Law Firms Need Trust Software More Than Large Firms Do

Some small law practices tend to dismiss software tools as something for the big boys. They make the assumption that a small practice is simpler so doesn’t need sophisticated attorney time and billing software but that’s not true, especially when it comes to managing trusts. Small Law Firm – Large…

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Cloud-Based Software Protects Your Clients From Identity Theft

Attorneys are privy to sensitive client information and have an obligation to protect that information from theft. Failing to do so is not only a great disservice to your clients, but can get your firm into a serious liability situation. Modern cloud-based billing software for lawyers makes it easier than…

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How To Fight Resistance To Technology In The Workplace

You find some great new technology that is going to save time, save money, and generally make your legal practice more successful across the board. You enthusiastically roll out new legal billing and accounting software and are disappointed when you get nothing but complaints, defiance and a call to return…

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The Most Important Purchase When Starting A New Law Firm

Many attorneys dream of leaving the stress of large law firms, hoping to have greater control of their destinies by starting a solo or small law practice. However one of the biggest obstacles is money. It’s going to cost thousands or even tens of thousands to go out on your…

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Starting A Solo Law Practice? You Don’t Have To Go It Alone

Experienced attorneys advise law school students who want to form solo practices right after graduation that it’s best to work for a large law firm first. This allows new attorneys to learn the ins and outs of the business of practicing law and the realities of handling clients, filing documents…

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Free Training Resources For Easy TimeBill Users

We’ve designed Easy TimeBill to have a simple and intuitive interface, allowing you to start using it confidently within minutes of installation. However simple doesn’t mean simplistic and our legal billing and accounting software includes many powerful features you might need a little help with to use to their best.…

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Trust Accounting In Large Law Firms: It’s Everybody’s Fault

The larger the firm, the more complicated trust fund management can be. It’s hard enough tracking multiple matters in one account, plus other matters each with their own accounts, but then you add multiple attorneys, paralegals and other staff members and it quickly becomes an administrative nightmare. Legal billing and…

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How To Hire A Staff Without Hiring A Staff

Large law firms can hire teams of specialists to handle everything from balancing the books to maintaining the office computers to making the coffee. Unfortunately small firms, especially single-attorney practices, can’t afford to bring on a host of employees. The good news is that these small businesses can get the…

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Billing Software That Is Simple But Not Simple-Minded

Computers are supposed to make our lives easier. Unfortunately they often don’t. Many software packages are confusing and hard to use. They have such steep learning curves that it’s faster to scribble a few notes on paper than spend an hour figuring out how to do it with a computer.…

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How To Handle Special Trust Transactions

Trust management is complicated even at its simplest–and real trust accounts are never simple. This is why it is essential that attorneys use dedicated escrow software designed to handle the unique needs of trust accounts. These tools make it easy to administer even complex transactions. For example, it’s pretty straightforward…

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Keep Your Facts Straight Using Easy Soft Legal Billing Software

Accuracy is essential in legal practice, and nowhere more so than in your billing. Easy TimeBill, our legal billing and accounting software, includes a host of features designed to help you avoid mistakes. There is simply no reason to keep manual books anymore. Computers and dedicated billing software for lawyers…

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Add Another Pair Of Eyes To Protect Your Practice From Ethics Violations

It is the appearance of misconduct rather actual misconduct that can sink a legal practice. Attorneys have to be very careful how they conduct business since an innocent blunder can trigger at best a bad public image and at worst criminal charges or disbarment. Dedicated legal billing and accounting software…

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Software Flexibility Improves Law Office Productivity

Laptops were a huge boon to law firm productivity, allowing attorneys and other law firm staff to work from anywhere. It gave them the flexibility to adjust their work to their schedules now that they had access to attorney time and billing software places other than the office. However, today…

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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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How Can I Get Attorneys To Keep Accurate Expense Reports?

The legal profession is a mobile one. Attorneys often meet with clients over lunch, at client homes, in conference rooms and, of course, in court. Lawyers accrue billable hours as well as running up expenses such as meals and mileage. Tracking these expenses for accurate billing can be a headache.…

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The Trip To The Cloud Doesn’t Have To Be Scary

We have loyal Easy TimeBill customers who’ve been with Easy Soft for many years. They’ve used our attorney time and billing software from version to version. Nowadays when it’s time to upgrade the software or renew a license they can choose to continue using the desktop version or to convert…

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Can You Trust Your Trusts To The Cloud?

The transition to cloud software makes some attorneys nervous. Client confidentiality is core to the legal practice, especially for tasks such as trust fund accounting. Is it really safe to use cloud-based legal billing and accounting software? Absolutely. In fact, it’s probably safer than using desktop tools. Think about it…

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Billing Software Security Tips

Some of the most sensitive information an attorney handles is in the practice’s billing software. Although Easy TimeBill has built-in security features, users can make the legal billing and accounting software more secure. Remember that any security chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so follow all of…

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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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Trust Accounting For Paralegals

Paralegals are vital components of any medium to large law office. They have the knowhow to take on some of an attorney’s more routine duties at a much lower cost to the practice and the client. However attorneys need to judge whether a task is appropriate to a paralegal’s ability…

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Computing For Lawyers: Desktop Or Laptop?

You can’t run a law practice without a computer, but what kind of computer do you need? You can look at the system specs of attorney time and billing software but there is more to a system than the speed of the processor. One basic question is whether it is…

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How To Find The Right Trust Accounting System For Your Practice

Managing trust funds for multiple matters in a single bank account is a common practice in the legal industry but attorneys must be very careful not to let the funds intermingle. Each matter has to be scrupulously maintained as a separate entity and never “borrow” money from other matters in…

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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Businesses print their own checks because it’s quick, easy and cheap. Financial applications such as Easy Soft’s legal billing and accounting software have the capability built in so you don’t have to mess with formats and spacing trying to set it up yourself. Although we try to make the process…

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How to Keep Your Practice’s Balances In Balance

Maintaining a law firm’s accounts is more complicated than balancing a checkbook. A typical practice needs to monitor not just a single account but four critical balances: unbilled, unpaid, operating retainer and trust retainer. The unbilled balance is the amount entered into the business’s records but not yet sent to…

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