Accurate and efficient time tracking is a key ingredient for every law firm. Without an efficient system in place, you risk losing countless billable hours, which will inadvertently hurt your bottom line.
Luckily, today you can use legal software, such as ESILAW, which will provide you with everything you need to accurately track your time and bill clients faster. Let’s take a look at how law software solution can help you with your time tracking and billing in just 3 easy steps:
1. Use Automatic Timer
It’s critical to accurately track your time from start to finish of each particular task. It is even more critical to do it promptly, without leaving it for later. ESILAW comes with an easy-to-use Timetracker application, which starts as soon as you begin working on a particular client matter. At any time, you can easily pause and save that time entry, and open a new time entry if, for example, you receive a phone call from another client.
2. Streamline Your Description Entry
It’s important to note every detail of your task as it may come in handy if you need to explain these details to your client and reflect them on their bill. ESILAW makes your task of entering these descriptions much easier with an Auto-Fill feature – so all you have to do is enter a short 3 letter code and the software automatically fills in the details you need. This way, you can easily streamline your description entry and save more time for other tasks.
3. Integrate Time Entries with Billing
Finally, the biggest advantage of using legal software like ESILAW is an integration of time tracking and billing. When it is time to bill your client, your software will automatically import all related time entries and generate a detailed and professional looking invoice. In case you need to adjust something before you post it, you can easily go back and edit that time entry. This integrated approach saves you time and makes sure none of your billable hours go missing.
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future”
John F. Kennedy
Embrace the Change
It is a very natural feeling to be afraid of change. Change shifts and moves common things around, breaking a usual every day routine. Whenever we make big changes to the way we do things, we are facing a certain uncertainty. “Will the change work? Is it going to make things better?” Naturally, the list of concerns just continues to grow from here: implementation time, cost and resources required, and effort it would take to get used to a new changed environment.
All of the above factors are definitely important to consider before commencing any big change and can be quite overwhelming. The good news is – the technology is here to make change transition easy and stress free, allowing you to do more with less. Our very own software solution – ESILAW is a prime example of such technology. By utilizing our Import/Export feature, you can now import all of your time, disbursements, Accounts Receivables, and Trust Balances directly from an Excel spreadsheet into ESILAW.
The Implementation Process
Naturally, no matter how unsatisfied you may be with your existing solution still performs an essential list of tasks you need for your practice. Whenever you choose to switch from one solution to another, the first question on your list will be “How will ESILAW work with the way I’m used to doing things in my law firm?”
You can rest assured that ESILAW can perform all the same tasks as any other commonly used solutions, but in a much simpler way. For example, our Timetracker feature fully integrates with the fee billing feature, so that the only step left for you is to review, edit and post your bills.
ESILAW is easily adaptable – our software can easily fit with your approach to practice management. Better yet, our specialist can advise you with the best practice of implementing ESILAW in a manner that will further streamline and simplify your day-to-day activities.
It is in our best interest to make sure you succeed and start seeing tangible returns from your investment. To provide a smooth transition to the new software environment, ESILAW comes with a handy Quickstart Guide, and our Learning Centre is packed with interactive tutorials and video to make the learning process pain and stress free. Finally, we have an extensive Knowledgebase that includes answers to all of your questions with step-by-step instructions.