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    Operating Your Law Firm to Ensure Payment on All Invoices [CC]

    Operating Your Law Firm to Ensure Payment on All Invoices [CC]
    ETHICS 60 min

    Operating Your Law Firm to Ensure Payment on All Invoices [CC]

    Lawyers are taught (and even encouraged) not to vigorously pursue non-payment from their clients: indeed, malpractice insurers raise premiums if a firm is in the habit of suing clients for non-payment. But law firms are like any other business in that they should expect to get paid for their work.

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    With little recourse to pursue non-payers, the legal profession instead uses retainers and trust accounts to protect from clients who won't pay invoices. One side-effect of managing two separate trust and operating accounts is the burdensome work of managing those accounts, both ethically and legally. For a small firm, the effort to manage the bookkeeping is especially taxing and eats into valuable billable time. This also leads lawyers to bill time towards a retainer fee instead of an outcome. If a firm collects $5,000 on retainer, the mindset becomes they must work enough billable hours to invoice for $5,000, regardless if that's necessary or needed.

    The industry average collections rate for invoices is around 88%, so there does appear to be some justification for using retainers. And while how much a firm is collecting for sent invoices should always be a priority, that is never more true than during this last year with the business repercussions from the pandemic. Not collecting 12% of your earned work could be the difference between staying in business or having to shutter the firm.

    Join our industry leaders and explore ways to reduce both the bookkeeping work of trust account but also increase the collection rate on sent invoices.

    This program will help attendees learn the steps necessary to reduce the trust accounting load and increase collection rates, and explore:

    • How to better meet client expectations by accepting e-payment
    • The ethics and tools for storing payment information for clients before work commences
    • How best to communicate and manage expectations about payment of invoices
    • Ways that lawyers can speed-up the process of running payments and reduce office management through technological solutions

    Product Details

    Sponsors

    American Bar Association

    Product Code

    CE2105TSVOLC

    Duration

    60

    Publication Date

    5/18/2021 12:00:00 AM

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