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Timekeeping & Billing
Productivity and Profitability: Thinking Beyond the Billable Hour
How do you measure productivity and predict profitability? With time-based billing, the simplest way is billable hours. How many hours can (and should) timekeepers work in a period of time and how many of the worked hours are billable? If we assume only two weeks of vacation per year and a forty-hour workweek, the formula will look something like this...
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Law Firm Operations
Looking Ahead – How Will Law Firms Be Different After This Pandemic?
The legal industry has learned so much from recent events. Employees can work remotely. Prior to the pandemic, approximately 30% of the workforce worked remotely. Now, in the midst of the pandemic, approximately 85% of the workforce is working offsite. Going forward, it is estimated that 50% of the workforce will continue to work remotely.
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Accounting & Reporting
Trust Accounting Software 101
All law firms are required to maintain accounting records for client funds deposited in trust accounts. Finding the right software solution to assist with the necessary record-keeping for those funds requires a complete understanding of the bar association rules. Trust Accounting Basics Client funds are held by lawyers for many reasons. A lawyer may hold…
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Matter Management
Never Miss a Beat With Zola Suite’s Dedicated Apps
As a complete cloud-based solution, Zola Suite allows you to access your firm’s data from any device with internet access whether you’re in the office, courtroom or at home. Using Zola Suite’s native iOS and Android apps, you can keep track of upcoming meetings and appointments, retrieve contact information and initiate calls, add or edit tasks, and access matter-related documents all on the go. You can even track time while you’re out of the office so you don’t miss a beat.
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Law Firm Operations
Returning to the Office - the New Normal
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has disrupted normal business life currently and for the foreseeable future. “Business as usual” is no longer a realistic expectation. We should expect a new normal once people are permitted to reoccupy their office space. What should law firms do to ensure their employees’ safety and make certain that policies are compliant with revised labor laws and public safety?
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Matter Management
Transitioning to a New LPM? Don’t Get Stuck in the Past
Change is never easy, but often necessary to stay relevant in today’s fast-paced environment. Firms should regularly review how things are done and look for ways to improve. An especially good time to do this is when implementing new law practice management (LPM) software. Firms that cling to outdated or inefficient workflows often miss out on many benefits that can save time and money.
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Matter Management
A Few More Important Things About Preparing for a Disaster
Our first discussion about disasters covered types of disasters and some basics needed to properly address a disruption in normal activities, including how to build a robust team. We subsequently outlined how to make use of staging areas, alternative facilities, and working from home in the second article.
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Law Firm Operations
More to Know About Preparing for a Disaster
Our first discussion about disasters addressed several types of disasters and some basics needed to properly address disruption in normal activities. Please reference part one to learn more about disaster types and how to build a robust team.
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Law Firm Operations
Equipping More Firms for Remote Work
Over the past week, we’ve spoken with dozens of firms who are reliant on server-based practice management solutions. Many are grappling with how to best navigate these uncertain times. How can they serve their clients while keeping employees safe when they are tethered to legacy systems for matter-related data? Remote work just isn’t an option. We know this pandemic will last at least a few weeks, but it may ultimately span months. Without the option for remote work, we know firms, and clients, will suffer tremendous losses. We want to help.
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