By Elizabeth M. Miller bio What's the most important task you have to tackle today? Do you have so many you can't decide which to address first? In law firms, priorities change from day to day and even moment to moment. The truth of the matter is that there are often competing priorities. And unless there is an obvious crisis, it's sometimes not that easy to decide which … [Read more...] about How to prioritize law firm management tasks
Billing & collections
Unpaid invoices and overdue accounts can lead to cash flow issues, hinder business growth, and strain client relationships. Consider these strategies to help you keep receivables low and improve the overall financial stability of your firm. Clear and Detailed Fee Agreements The foundation of any successful receivables management strategy begins with transparent and … [Read more...] about Could you be doing more to make your receivables less?
An operational analysis is an in-depth analysis of the firms's operations, or, put simply, getting somebody from outside to take a look at the inside. Most firms do that when they are facing problems, particularly financial problems, but it is better to do it before problems occur. Here is what the job entails, starting with the signs that it's time to get the review … [Read more...] about 8 signs your firm needs an operations analysis
By Brenda Barnes It’s probably not a big surprise that if your firm does not have sound billing and collection practices, your cash flow will suffer. It also probably goes without saying that when cash flow suffers so does partner compensation. How can you tighten this up? First and foremost, you need to have solid billing policies that are agreed upon and followed! … [Read more...] about 5 law firm billing practices for better cash flow
Managing the financial aspects of a law office is a multifaceted challenge that requires a delicate balance between budgeting and billing. Here are 10 strategies to consider: 1. Establish clear budgets: Effective financial management starts with a well-defined budget. Work closely with the firm's partners or management to set clear and realistic budgetary goals. Consider … [Read more...] about 10 ways to balance budgeting and billing
6 best practices that fit the bill Training some select clients to pay their bills on time might seem about as possible as herding cats. But if you start the training early, you might actually achieve the impossible. Here are a few tips shared by Ronald L. Seigneur, CPA/ABV/CFF, ASA, CVA, CGMA, of Seigneur Gustafson LLP. 1. Be selective According to Seigneur, your … [Read more...] about How are your billing and collecting processes?
Your long-awaited and well-deserved summer vacation is approaching. Is your staff prepared to run the office smoothly in your absence? Use this list to see if you have the bases covered. Vacation Preparation Checklist for Law Office Administrators Delegate Responsibilities: Assign the paralegal to handle client intake and initial case assessments during your … [Read more...] about Checklist: Before you leave on vacation
Maximizing collections is crucial for maintaining a healthy cash flow and sustaining the growth of your firm. By implementing strategic initiatives and adopting proactive approaches, you can significantly boost your collection efforts. In this article, we will guide you through essential tips and best practices to help you optimize collections and increase revenue for your law … [Read more...] about 9 ways to maximize collections and boost revenue
Happy and satisfied clients not only contribute to the success of your firm but also become valuable advocates for your services. By providing exceptional client experiences, you can build strong relationships, foster loyalty, and promote positive word-of-mouth referrals. In this article, we will explore essential tips to help law office administrators improve client … [Read more...] about 8 ways to keep your clients happy with you
One of your most important tasks is managing the financial health of your law firm. You know that collecting payments from clients can be a challenging and time-consuming process. However, with the right strategy, you can improve your collections and ensure your firm is getting paid in a timely manner. One effective strategy for improving collections is scheduling client … [Read more...] about Scheduling payments can boost collections