Billing - Practice Resource Center


  • Amber Mikula
    The Bottom Line, May 2017

    As clients seek more opportunities to save money, attorneys must become more flexible with billing options, in order to meet the needs of the clients.

  • Matthew Hector
    Illinois Bar Journal, December 2016

    When billing rates are compared to the cost of living, Illinois is the third most lucrative state in which to practice for small-firm lawyers, according to Clio's Legal Trends Report.

  • Ed Finkel
    Illinois Bar Journal, October 2016

    Law firm billing is full of economic, ethical, and legal stumbling blocks for those who aren't systematic and conscientious about it - and opportunities for those who are, according to practitioners and billing consultants.

  • Herschenia Aria Brown
    YLDNews, October 2016
  • Kerry M. Lavelle
    The Bottom Line, October 2016

    By measuring empiricle data about your firm, you can view the current economic state and make adjustments and plans for future success.

  • Illinois Bar Journal, September 2015

    5 tips for better billing; will a robot take your job?

  • Ed Finkel
    Illinois Bar Journal, October 2014

    Firms that serve corporate clients are no strangers to non-hourly billing strategies. But other attorneys are finding that consumer-friendly pricing can be lawyer-friendly as well.

  • Kevin J. Stine
    The Bottom Line, March 2014

    The author provides some thoughtful tips to help you draft successful timesheets, and a sample engagement letter to use as a guide.

  • William S. Wilson
    The Bottom Line, April 2013

    Flat fees are a profitable alternative to hourly billing if researched and analyzed correctly.

  • Alan R. Press
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, March 2012

    The author discusses the pleasant surprises and disappointments with Clio after a month of use.

  • Helen W. Gunnarsson
    Illinois Bar Journal, February 2012

    More clients - and lawyers for that matter - are looking for value-based alternatives to the billable hour. The good news? They can be a win-win for attorney and client.

  • Alan R. Press
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, February 2012

    How does the change to Clio affect the author's workflow on a daily basis? What benefits have been realized? What set-backs have been encountered?

  • Joseph B. VanFleet
    The Bottom Line, February 2012

    Without question, the unique predicament facing us today is our economic environment. In light of this adversity, law firms today face the need to modify their price structure to address the changing demands of corporate clients.

  • Janet L. Grove
    Trusts & Estates, December 2011

    A discussion of the benefits of using software to manage the office's accounts.

  • Dan Breen
    The Bottom Line, April 2011

    How do we stray from straight time billing when time is such an important part of our stock in trade?

  • Karen Erger
    Illinois Bar Journal, August 2010

    Remember, there's nothing unprofessional about getting paid

  • Patrick T. Driscoll Jr.
    Patricia M. Fallon
    The Public Servant, April 2010

    A look at how the current economy is affecting billing practices.

  • John T. Phipps
    General Practice, Solo & Small Firm, January 2009

    You need to make the choice about your own pro bono. Or as another lawyer told me, if work is slow, invest in yourself and improve your office and your skills rather than donate your time to someone who cannot or will not pay you.

  • Helen W. Gunnarsson
    Illinois Bar Journal, November 2008

    Learn how to create a bill-paying culture among your clientele.

  • Alan R. Press
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, August 2008

    The author has never been able to find the perfect Time and Billing Software for my solo practice. The programs are usually too complicated and cumbersome or too basic and lacking in functionality. Luckily, Bill4Time has been a great solution and middle ground.

  • Helen W. Gunnarsson
    Illinois Bar Journal, June 2007

    Does the tradition of billing by the hour push lawyers to pad bills and thus engage in the kind of "dishonest" behavior forbidden by the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct?

  • Karen Erger
    Illinois Bar Journal, December 2006
  • Terry Rosenthal
    The Bottom Line, December 2005

    All law firms have their own way to measure productivity, profitability and performance.

  • Carl R. Draper
    The Counselor, April 2005

    Lawyers, generally and especially attorneys who focus on "business law," are quick to advise clients on the need to plan.

  • G.A. Finch
    Real Property, August 2003

    An in-house counsel for a publicly traded company with national operations approached me and asked me to speak at a seminar for in-house lawyers. I said, "Sure.

  • Paul Sullivan
    Illinois Bar Journal, May 2003

    Your accounting program can produce reports that help you measure productivity and improve your bottom line. Are you using them to full advantage?

  • Nerino J. Petro Jr.
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, June 2001

    I recently encountered a small office that is still using the word processor to prepare bills.

  • Paul Sullivan
    Illinois Bar Journal, September 2000

    Do you know where your money goes, and where and when it comes in? Here are tips to help you get control of your receipts and expenses.

  • Helen Sigman
    Family Law, January 2000

    This is not an article about how to get out of the family law business despite the title.

  • Adrienne W. Albrecht
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, November 1999

    We recently upgraded our entire computer system. In exchange for our old, tired Lantastic network, we opted for a new, fast Windows Nt system running their Backoffice Small Business Server.

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