legal billing

7 Steps to Fixing Your Legal Billing Problem

The following post is the sixth in a six-part series on legal billing excerpted from our white paper, Houston, We Have a Billing Problem. Instead of immediately trying to get your firm to Level Five proficiency with billing, concentrate on advancing one level at a time. Establishing good practices takes time, and the following steps […]

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How Legal Billing Practices Can Differentiate Your Firm

The following post is the fifth in a six-part series on legal billing excerpted from our white paper, Houston, We Have a Billing Problem. Time and billing is, conceptually, the direct conduit between the legal work being performed and the client. As such, the time and billing function is in an extremely unique position: it […]

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Legal Billing: Which Law Firm Wins the Business?

The following post is the fourth in a six-part series on legal billing excerpted from our white paper, Houston, We Have a Billing Problem. Imagine a prospective client – say, a business – needs some assistance prosecuting a simple trademark application. If this client has made the determination that she wants to use a lawyer […]

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Your Legal Billing Problem Needs to be Solved Yesterday

The following post is the third in a six-part series on legal billing excerpted from our white paper, Houston, We Have a Billing Problem. Consider this: Currently, in the United States alone, there are 2X more lawyers than are actually needed for the available legal work. Combine that with the continued growth of consumer and […]

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Legal Billing: The Five Levels of Success

The following post is the second in a six-part series on legal billing excerpted from our white paper, Houston, We Have a Billing Problem. We’ve taken observations from thousands of law firms, extracted some criteria, and constructed a simple scale of billing effectiveness. Typically, we see law firms falling fairly neatly into one of these […]

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How Bad is Your Legal Billing Problem?

The following post is the first in a six-part series on legal billing excerpted from our white paper, Houston, We Have a Billing Problem. Over the past six years we’ve worked with thousands of law firms. These firms vary widely in terms of size, practice area, and geographic location. And while firms, just like lawyers, […]

Legal Billing Rule #13: Make Small Improvements Each Quarter

The following post is an excerpt from our free e-book, Ridiculously Remarkable Legal Billing. Better billing practices improve your law firm and your life. Here’s the 13th one from the book. Don’t try to introduce new changes to your office practices all at once. Instead, incorporate a couple every quarter, starting with the most important […]

Legal Billing Rule #12: Standardize the Tools

The following post is an excerpt from our free e-book, Ridiculously Remarkable Legal Billing. Better billing practices improve your law firm and your life. Here’s the 12th one from the book. Employ easy-to-use and reliable tools to make billing easier, eliminate errors, and keep the office staff on the same page. When (a) one lawyer […]

Lawyers: How $75 Costs $25,000

There is nothing quite like receiving a bill from a lawyer for less than an hour of billable work. Never has a lawyer successfully communicated so many messages by using so few words. To clarify a bit, I’m not referring to a lawyer passing me a bill from a third-party court reporter, or for reimbursement […]