What to Consider When Choosing the Right Network for Your Legal Software

Local vs. Cloud vs. Hosted

When it comes to law office software, firms should weigh the benefits of all the features and functions as they relate to their specific workflow. However, an often overlooked aspect of purchasing new software is choosing the right network to run that software. The choice is paramount in providing an optimal experience for the firm’s today and into the future. Just as firms would research features like document management, time entry and mobility, the network that’s right for you must be considered carefully. To help make an informed decision, below is an outline of the three most widely used network configurations in use today. Continue reading “What to Consider When Choosing the Right Network for Your Legal Software”

Creating Profitable Fixed Fee Pricing from the ABA

Alternative Pricing

Source: http://apps.americanbar.org/lpm/lpt/articles/fin01061.html

In recent years law firm pricing has migrated away from hourly rates to alternatives that include fixed or flat fees, percentage and contingency fees. This movement is driven by law firms as clients increase their efforts to obtain hourly rate discounts and apply greater scrutiny to bills, questioning both hours billed and staffing (numbers and levels of lawyers). In this environment, hourly billers face ever-increasing pressures that actually penalize firms for efficiency. Although this article will focus on one example of alternative pricing—fixed or flat fees—the principles apply to contingent, percentage and other alternatives, as well.

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Avoid Delays in Your Billing Process with an Effective Distributed Billing Tool

It can be a hurdle when the Back Office has to wait for attorneys to review the pre-bill reports, searching for any errors in the billing. And once the corrections have been reported, the Back Office then has to retrieve the reported changes from the attorney and update the pending bills in the Time and Billing module. This is an unnecessary strain on the Back Office and needlessly duplicates work.

With PerfectLaw’s Distributed Billing module, pre-bill reports are profiled directly to the billing attorney’s matters where the pending bills may be reviewed and edited by the attorney’s themselves, allowing the Back Office to carry on with their other duties.

To see all of the various ways in which the Distributed Billing Module can be utilized, please watch this video.

If you think your firm would be interested in Distributed Billing, please contact our Sales Department to get started.

Making Attorney Expense Reimbursements Easy

PerfectLaw’s Attorney Expense Reimbursement product allows attorneys to submit expenses alongside images of receipts to the back office. With this service, attorneys are able to enter separate line items differentiating between firm- and client-related expenses. And since much of the reviewing is performed prior to posting, the service vastly reduces administrative hours while composing an accurate audit trail for the Back Office.

To view a video of this feature, click here.

If you think your firm would be interested in Attorney Expense Reimbursement, please contact our Sales Department to get started.

iSlips (Android) Update

PerfectLaw is pleased to announce the release of iSlips 2.0 for Android devices. In this update, the Search has been reworked to make selecting matters quicker and easier; time entry has been updated to utilize the keypad layout; and the user interface has been updated to resemble the look and feel of the iOS app, providing a uniform presence amongst all versions of the app.

For a brief demo, please refer to the video on the upper-right. If you’d like more information about iSlips (for either iOS or Android), please contact us.

Acclimate New Hires with PerfectLaw’s Virtual Training

YouTube - PerfectLaw Virtual Training ClassroomPerfectLaw’s Virtual Training saves law firms significant amounts of time and money by eliminating the need to travel or “make time.” With numerous ways to access PerfectLaw’s video library, users are able to learn when it’s most convenient to them. PerfectLaw’s video library is available to all PerfectLaw users through the Help system, training personnel, or upon a request made to the Help Desk. Users are even able to train from home by utilizing PerfectLaw Home Viewing.

For a brief overview of PerfectLaw’s Virtual Training, please watch our animated video. If you think your firm could benefit from Virtual Training, please send us an email.

PerfectLaw at the ALA National in Denver, CO

PerfectLaw’s Marc and Frank had a wonderful time at the ALA National show in Denver. They witnessed a record in both interest and traffic at the booth, making numerous connections with firms we hope will soon join the PerfectLaw family.

For a fun look at two of the prize giveaways, check out our YouTube channel. We’ll see you in San Francisco for Legal Tech West Coast!

Enter Expense Entries Right from Your Mobile Device with iSlips

PerfectLaw is excited to announce a new module for the iOS version of iSlips. With iSlips Expense, users will be able to quickly enter expense entries from anywhere with a wireless connection. Similar to iSlips Time Entry, users simply select the client matter from the one-touch search, enter the expense code and cost, and take a picture of the receipt.

Since your app is synced to PerfectLaw, all of your entered expenses and receipt images are automatically sent back to your office for your Office Assistant or Back Office personnel to review and post to billing.

For a better idea of how iSlips Expense works, please watch this video.

If you think your firm would be interested in Distributed Billing, please contact our Sales Department to get started.

Quickly Reference Time and Fee Analysis Screens

Quickly reviewing pie charts to reference the hours worked and fees billed over time has been a popular AIM feature for many years.  However, pie charts have limitations. For this reason, in the latest version of AIM, visualization may be instantly swapped back and forth between pie charts (for proportions) and bar graphs (for relative value).

For more details regarding PerfectLaw’s Time and Fee Analysis screens, please watch this video.

If you think your firm would be interested in Time and Fee Analysis Screens, please contact our Sales Department to get started.

PerfectLaw’s iSlips Gets an Important Update

iSlips 2.0 Video LinkiSlips 2.0 is the latest release of PerfectLaw’s popular, mobile, time-keeping app. With this latest version, users will now have the ability to look up client and matter information from a single field. Known as “PerfectLaw Quick Search,” users may enter text or numerical characters and quickly pare down the list to the desired client or matter. For a brief video highlighting this feature, please watch the release video.

Beyond the Quick Search, users will notice an entirely updated interface, look, and feel. If you believe your firm would be interested in using iSlips for iOS or Android, please contact us for more information.