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Use Technology to Streamline Your Practice and Help You Stay Out of Ethics Trouble

There are many ways you can use technology to help keep your clients informed, make sure you don't miss an appointment, and get your billing done in a timely fashion. Here are some examples of how technology can assist you in complying with your ethics obligations.

The Clio Legal Trends Report: Big Data for Small Firms

Clio has released a legal trends report with data on billable hours, most profitable practice areas, and more. It is a must-read for lawyers who want to make data-driven decisions about their practice.

Comparing Credit Card Transaction Fees for Law Practice Management Software Billing Portals

Accepting credit cards from clients used to be a complicated mess. But many practice management software providers now make it easy to credit card payments.

The Strangest Things Lawyers Have Tried to Bill For

From recording billable hours to explaining fees to clients and reviewing the bill all over again, billing is rarely fun and provides little creative outlet. That is unless you’re doing it wrong.

The Road to Not Getting Paid is Paved with Good Intentions

There is no great secret to getting paid. All you have to do is follow this rule: never work unless you have been paid.

Even Yale Knows Billable Hours Are Awful

Working on the billable hour model is a lesson in the law of diminishing returns. At least that's the takeaway from Yale Law School's Career Development Office. According to Yale's numbers, to bill 1800 hours per year you would have to "work" over 2400 hours.

How to Love Doing Your Timesheet

Next time you find yourself ranting about your timesheets, consider whether you can use your bills to make yourself happier.

Do Discounts Lead to More Past-Due Accounts?

This infographic from Lexis Nexis is based on a survey of Lawyerist newsletter subscribers this past July.

The Myth of More Time for Billing

Before you use "more time for billing" as an excuse to hire someone or buy something, consider whether you would actually be able to make good use of it.

How to Offer Subscription Fees

Subscription fees can be a great fit for legal services, depending on your practice area and whether your clients have ongoing legal needs. Here's how to offer them.

Breaking the Time Barrier: How to Unlock Your True Earning Potential (Book Review)

In order to understand difference between time and value, just read Breaking the Time Barrier. In about an hour, Mike McDerment will get you up to speed on the fundamental difference between churning billable hours and delivering value to your clients.

Billing To Avoid Ethics Complaints

The best defense when questioned about your billing is solid documentation. It may even prevent charges against you.

Viewabill: Billing Dashboard

Clients hate surprises. This is especially true when it comes to your bill. The solution is to have an ongoing conversation with your clients about costs. For some reason, though, a lot of lawyers have a hard time talking to clients about money.

LA Lawyer Suspended for Charging Legal Fees for Non-Legal Work

Katherine Guste was suspended from practice for two years for charging legal fees for non-legal services. Would you have done the same thing?

What Really Makes Clients Want to Pay Your Bills

There is no trick to having happy clients; they are the result of hard work, good communication, and good choices.