Global Law Firm Harnessed the Competitive Nature of Attorneys to Achieve Firm-Wide Mobile Time Entry Adoption

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on March 18, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Indianapolis-based law firm, Krieg DeVault, leverages attorney competitiveness to drive timekeeping accuracy and compliance.

Mostly every law firm is faced by the challenges that come along with new technology adoption. When new technology lands in the hands of busy attorneys, it is often met with resistance. Why? The reason is surprisingly simple: new technology initiates a change in habit.

Topics: Adoption & Engagement

5 Productivity Tips for the Busiest Attorney

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on March 11, 2015 at 8:09 AM

Hectic. Fast-paced. Chaotic, even.

Life in the modern law firm does not afford wasted time or inefficient processes. Today’s attorneys, from associates to partners, are moving through the day at breakneck speeds. Time is more than money. Time is efficiency, clarity and balance. Time is something that most attorneys today don’t have much of.

For attorneys, effective time management can mean the difference between success or failure. Winning or losing. Accuracy or mistakes. With this in mind, we put together a list of productivity tips to help attorneys make the most of their most scarce resource: time.

Topics: Attorneys

Five Reasons Why Your Timekeeping Policies Will Fail

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on February 12, 2015 at 11:29 AM

There are two things related to timekeeping that almost all law firms have in common:

Topics: Time Entry Policies, Time Entry/Time Keeping

The Fail-Proof Engagement Strategy to Drive Law Firm Success

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on February 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM

How engaged are the attorneys, support staff and other employees at your firm?

There is an abundance of research that demonstrates that happy and engaged workers are more efficient, productive, perform better and earn a higher paycheck.

Topics: Adoption & Engagement

Attorney Technology Adoption: The Activation Energy Advantage

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on January 17, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Would you be surprised if I told you that smoking leads to cancer and we should exercise every day, eat healthy and do good for others? All of these things are considered “common knowledge” in our society, but yet are often viewed as difficult to implement. In the book The Happiness Advantage, author Shawn Achor, poses the question “But does this common knowledge make doing things any easier?” His answer: “Of course not. Because in life knowledge is just part of the battle.”

If this was true,  attorney technology adoption would be a piece of cake. Attorneys would consistently make good use of all of the technology and policies that have been put in place to make them more productive right?  If we know, for example, that  contemporaneous timekeeping will make time records more accurate and the firm more profitable, surely attorneys will follow through, right?  Well, that’s not necessarily true. With the beginning of the New Year,  this discussion has plenty of context: 75% of people who make a new year’s resolution will break it within two weeks.

Topics: Habit

A Great Culture is About Walking the Walk

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on December 22, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Talent, Culture and Team Building are key to your Company’s Success in 2015

For many of us, this time of year is a time that we use to reflect on the state of our company or law firm. This is the time that we review the year’s performance, set new goals, identify emerging challenges and complete any other planning that will allow for success in the coming year.

We are busy thinking about budgets, resources and strategies, there is one important factor that should not be ignored: talent.  After all, there is no success without the right talent.

Topics: Culture

How Time Entry As a Service (TEaaS) is Transforming Legal Tech

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on December 15, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Technologically speaking, the legal industry has made major strides over the last decade. In general, this is a good thing; however, the rapid adoption of mobile and cloud technologies have left firms struggling with a new problem: unprecedented complexity. 

The world is moving toward the “as a Service Model (aaS)” from Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), all the way to Marketing as a Service and Music as a Service. The aaS model goes beyond how we pay for software and the subscription model. It’s about the cost of ownership and converting that to a predictable outcome.

Topics: Time Entry As a Service

The Evolving Relationship Between Attorneys and Mobility

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on December 8, 2014 at 4:53 PM

We can’t contain our excitement about the 2014 ILTA Technology Survey. Not only was iTimeKeep (once again!) listed as the #1 mobile time entry solution for attorneys, there were several important pieces of data that provide additional insight on the true state of mobility in legal as well as indicators of what’s to come.

This year’s ILTA study represents over 450 firms, ranging in size to determine how top law firms are using technology throughout their firm to enhance profitability and productivity.

Topics: Mobility

When It Comes to Time Entry, Take the Path of Least Resistance

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on December 4, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Time entry can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be.

Recently, we were invited to participate in a mini-series, Talking Tech by Charles Christian regarding time recording, capture and tracking within law firms. Dani was on point, representing our team to address several important issues happening now in the legal technology. A few important themes emerged from the discussion, which we think are valuable here.

Topics: Time Entry/Time Keeping

Integrated Mobile Apps: Three Things Law Firms Need to Know

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on November 21, 2014 at 12:06 PM

For law firms (and the enterprise world at large), mobility continues to be a priority. As evidenced in this recent survey conducted by Accenture, companies are moving aggressively to develop mobile strategies and adopt mobile technologies, with 77% of respondents ranking Mobility as the top-priority out of the most popular digital technologies.

This should not come as a surprise. Mobile devices, apps, the cloud and social media are redefining an age where technology has become the foundation of any successful business. However, an app isn’t just an app anymore, specially for organizations implementing a mobile strategy. If law firms expect to experience the benefits of true Mobility, they will need to focus on integration.

Topics: Mobility

Is the Legal Industry Ready for Mobility?

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on October 31, 2014 at 4:48 PM

In the past, we’ve discussed how mobility is changing every interaction in our lives, including the way that we work, shop and communicate. You might remember our recent infographic that showed that the number of mobile-connected devices is expected to exceed the number of people on earth by the end of 2014. By 2018, there are expected to be 1.4 mobile devices per capita. As if these numbers aren’t astounding enough, the most recent stats below are even more overwhelming:

Topics: Mobility

Attorney Habits: Excellence Comes by Doing

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on October 27, 2014 at 9:47 AM

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle


High achievers. Performers. Competitive. Like to win.

It’s safe to say that most attorneys want to be excellent. However striving for excellence and actually achieving it are two different things. Make no mistake, there are plenty of talented, intelligent and capable people out there that seek excellence, yet fall short.

Topics: Habit

7 Habits of Highly Effective Timekeepers

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on October 15, 2014 at 4:09 PM

If you haven’t read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by best-selling author, Stephen Covey, you’ve at least heard of it. Covey sold over 20 million copies (in 38 languages!) of the famous book, which remains one of the best selling business books of all time.  This inspired many other titles of the same theme – kids, marketers, programmers and even law firm rainmakers. At this point, just about everyone is highly effective. Everyone, well, except timekeepers.

Topics: Time Entry/Time Keeping

Innovator Spotlight: How Ward and Smith Bridges the Gap Between Time Entry and CRM

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on October 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM

At Bellefield, we’re relentlessly committed to innovation and the new technologies, ideas and practices that are shaping the future of legal. In this new topic series, we’ll showcase firms that have implemented innovative solutions at their firm.

Ward and Smith, P.A. is a full service law firm with 5 offices in North Carolina. The firm is known for its dedication to leveraging technology and their collaborative environment which fosters growth, innovation, and productivity. Their achievements have been awarded by Law Technology News and ILTA.  Ward and Smith's award-winning business intake process exemplifies its dedication to business process efficiency.

This Q&A with Charles Collins, Applications Development Supervisor at Ward and Smith, focuses on how to eliminate duplicate data through information sharing between the timekeeping and CRM systems.

Topics: Innovation, Innovator Spotlight

How Time Entry Compliance Gives Power Back to Attorneys

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on September 30, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Traditionally, when you think of the work that an attorney handles on a daily basis, you don’t think of billing. While an attorney is responsible for entering his or her time, the attorney might be entirely disconnected from billing rules and outside counsel guidelines in most firms. However, when an attorney does become engaged in this process, the effects are profound for both the attorney and the firm.

This traditional disconnect between the completion of work and billing is costly to the firm. Until now, there was not much that could be done to avoid this. However, time entry compliance (also referred to as real-time compliance) is a game changer for firms.

“Say, what?” How Real-Time Compliance Works

Topics: Real-time Compliance

Law Firm Timekeeping: Three Dirty Little Secrets

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on September 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Of the many functions that attorneys carry out on a daily basis to win clients and cases, timekeeping doesn’t get any of the glitz and glamour. After all, when young law students daydream about their futures as attorneys, they don’t typically conjure up images of rockstar timekeeping. However, that doesn’t make timekeeping any less important to the firm.

Although timekeeping has earned a reputation for being a painful task that attorneys and staff dread, it doesn’t have to be - thanks to these two truths of modern timekeeping:

  1. Mobile Timekeeping Apps now allow attorneys to enter their time in real-time, preventing the need for hours of reconstructive time estimating.
  2. Mobile time entry, by design, is meant to work the way attorneys work.  This means that the time entry process fits into the attorney’s current workstyle of being mobile and on the go. 

Topics: Time Entry/Time Keeping

Women in STEM: Overcoming Dyslexia to Pursue a Career In Engineering

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on September 11, 2014 at 8:35 AM

This is the second post in our Women in STEM series, as we continue to follow our passion of bringing awareness about women in legal technology. What could be better than finding this inspiration within our own team at Bellefield! This is the story of Kim Mann, Bellefield's Lead Software Architect. Kim's story has inspired us and we hope that it inspires you and all of the men and women you know. 

Topics: Women in STEM

What You Need to Know About the New ALA Business Of Law Conferences

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on September 8, 2014 at 10:39 AM

ALA has shifted from holding regional events with varying programs to a “traveling conference” which offers the same programming in various cities.  This year's conferences are being held in Portland, Chicago, Fort Worth and Philadelphia.

In this post, we discuss ALA’s new conference format with an expert's point of view on the subject, Janine Book, Pepper Hamilton's Office Manager.

Apps as a Service: The Key to Your Firm’s Mobile Success

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on August 26, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Any new technology will pose challenges at some point, even when it is well designed and properly implemented. Mobile technologies are no exception.

Topics: Apps as a Service

How to Network at ILTA

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on August 15, 2014 at 11:50 AM

ILTA is arguably the coolest event in legal technology that takes place on an annual basis. For all of us "legal-tech fanatics," this is the place to be. 

5 Misconceptions about Mobile Time Entry and Compliance at Law Firms

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on August 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM

When it comes to time entry in the legal industry, there are several misconceptions. Perhaps these misconceptions exist because people are afraid of change. Change is really hard, after all. Misconceptions can serve as a defense mechanism against the pain brought on by change. In the famous words of President John F. Kennedy, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

Mobile time entry is the future. However, despite the notable benefits of embracing contemporaneous time entry, many firms resist. This resistance relies on - you guessed it - many commonly-held misconceptions about time entry and compliance at law firms.

Topics: Time Entry/Time Keeping

Women In Legal Tech: Let’s Stop Discouraging Women from STEM

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on August 5, 2014 at 6:38 AM

If you are reading this blog post, you may or may not be familiar with Bellefield. However, to know us, is to understand that innovation drives much of what we do on a daily basis. We’ve written about innovation before and consider it an integral part of our company culture. It’s part of the fabric that defines who we are.

Topics: Innovation

How Time Entry Affects Morale At the Firm: The Staff Perspective

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on July 29, 2014 at 8:28 PM


How’s the weather at your firm? Do you experience any changes in temperature around your time entry deadline? If you do, you’re not alone.

Topics: Contemporaneous Time Entry

7 Reasons Why Time Entry Should Be a Top Priority for All Firms

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on July 25, 2014 at 8:11 AM

We admit it: the topic of time entry isn’t necessarily sexy, especially to attorneys. It’s not just attorneys that shake their proverbial fist at time entry. Many law firms continue antiquated and inefficient time entry practices, which means that firm administrators, legal assistants and other staff are burdened with some aspect of time entry, from completion to accuracy.

“Time is money,” as the old adage goes, but it is many other things too. Your time is efficiency and compliance. Your time is morale. Your time is your credibility and competitive advantage. Your time is important to consider as you manage and grow your firm.

Topics: Time Entry Policies

Can Attorneys Really Change Their Habits?

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on July 2, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Good and bad habits alike, have a profound effect on our lives. The habits of attorneys, in particular, may seem small and insignificant within the scope of the day or week, but can amount to dramatic and transformative results over time. Habits, and small ones at that, are the backbone of productivity, job satisfaction, career success and growth.

Topics: Attorneys

How to Get an ROI from Elite VANTAGE Attendance

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on June 16, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Do you have plans to the attend the Elite VANTAGE show taking place in NYC next week? If so, you’re in for an exciting and thought-provoking experience.

Time will be your most limited resource at the conference, as several activities, colleagues and educational sessions will be in constant competition for your attention. Despite these time constraints, you will need to act strategically and intentionally in order to ensure that your time at Elite VANTAGE is worth the investment. In this blog post, we’ll explore five ways to maximize the return on investment in your trade show attendance.

Topics: Legal Industry Events

Customer Success Managers: With Legal Vendors, Support Isn’t Enough

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on June 12, 2014 at 10:27 AM

The traditional scenario plays out something like this: the firm invests several hours discussing business challenges with a sales rep in order to choose the appropriate solution(s) and to create a game plan for launch and implementation. The sale is closed and the solution is deployed. “Holler if you need anything,” says the vendor. Then, communication goes dark until something goes wrong or someone needs help.

It’s not that there is anything wrong with this approach, but there isn’t necessarily anything right either.

Topics: Customer Success Manager

5 Ways that Millennials Are Making the Legal Industry Better for Everyone

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on June 9, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Recently, we discussed what law firms should know and understand about their Gen Y attorneys.

Millennials are a controversial generation, but I suppose that each generation is. When a new generation comes of age, it typically translates to change. Change often breeds discomfort. Therefore, each generation has criticisms to cast on the next. But in the end, different doesn’t mean better or worse - it just means different. While each generation holds positive and negative attributes,

Topics: Gen Y

What The LinkedIn Publishing Platform Means for Law Firms

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on May 20, 2014 at 2:23 PM

In February of this year, LinkedIn made its publishing platform available to all of its members. Until this point, publishing on LinkedIn was a privilege reserved for about 500 hand-selected industry thought leaders, known as “Influencers”. The list of LinkedIn Influencers reads as a "who's who" of business, media and politics, with names like: Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Meg Whitman, Mark Cuban, Suzie Orman and more. Over the past few years, the Influencers program has thrived, giving thought leaders the ability to share quality content directly with LinkedIn users.  For example, Bill Gates’ first post got over 1 million views in just a few short days and the average Influencer post receives about 30,000 views. 

While LinkedIn users have always been able to share short updates and links to other blogs or websites on LinkedIn, the publishing of content in long-form was reserved to Influencers. LinkedIn has recognized the tremendous value of the publishing platform as a vehicle to drive user engagement. More and more users are coming to LinkedIn to consume and share content, making it a powerful news aggregator.

Topics: Social Media

ALA 2014: 5 Tips for Attendees

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on May 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Are you headed to Toronto for the ALA conference next week?

There is no doubt that the ALA conference will be fast paced and exciting this year. The conference agenda is jam-packed with keynote speeches, educational sessions and even a performance by REO Speedwagon!

Industry events like ALA provide an opportunity to explore emerging trends in legal, connect with leaders in the field and network with peers. However, beware that time will slip away from you quickly. So, in order to make the most of your short time at ALA, we’ve put together a few helpful tips:

How to Use LinkedIn to Drive Law Firm Success

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on May 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Recently, we discussed why LinkedIn is critical to your law firm’s social media strategy. In this article, we'll explore a few ways that attorneys and their firms can maximize their use of LinkedIn.

However, before diving into the tactics, it is important to acknowledge this: your strategy must be focused on publishing high-quality content that is of benefit to your audience on a consistent basis. Your readers will need to know what to expect from you in terms of quality and frequency, which in turn creates a sense of value in their minds. Otherwise, your success will be fleeting, rather than sustainable.

Topics: Mobile Technology

Why LinkedIn is Critical To Your Law Firm’s Social Media Strategy

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on May 12, 2014 at 11:49 AM

LinkedIn has undoubtedly become the premier social network for professionals, averaging one new member every two seconds. With over 300 million users, LinkedIn is no longer a static online resume platform, utilized solely for the purposes of searching for employment as it once was.  LinkedIn is now a dynamic hub for lively professional conversation and debate that is shaping the future of business.

Topics: Mobile Technology

[INFOGRAPHIC] The State of Mobile Technology in the Legal Industry

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on May 7, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Right now is perhaps one of the most exciting times to be part of the legal industry. The great transformation taking place is affecting how we work, where we work, what we work with and the roles that we play as professionals in the firm. Much of the shift taking place can be attributed to technology, specifically, mobility.

Mobility is literally changing the world (arguably, it already has). We dive deep into global and legal industry-specific mobility trends and fun facts. 

Topics: Mobile Technology

Why IT is the Law Firm’s Unsung Hero

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on April 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Recently, someecards debuted a new line of e-cards that pokes fun at inflated job titles, including the “Head of IT,” which they revised to “Director of Turning Things Off and Back On.”

It’s all in good fun. Check out the rest of their line here.

However, seeing this card reminded us of something that we’ve been planning to address on the blog for quite a while: the fact that the IT function is the law firm’s unsung hero.

Topics: IT

Law Firm Mobility: Only Three Chances to Get it Right

Posted by Daniel Garcia on April 23, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Mobility is like baseball:  three strikes and you're out!

In a recent blog post, we talked about some of the common misconceptions that exist around mobility, particularly the idea that mobility begins and ends with an app. We discussed how mobility demands that you turn your IT department into a 24x7 operation with global reach, developing an expertise with thousands of devices or else your firm will fail to achieve true anytime, anywhere, and from any device productivity.

Topics: Mobility

Big Idea Competition: Meet the Next Generation of Innovators

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on April 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM

The nature of this blog post is a bit personal for the Bellefield founders. However, in the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation, two things that have allowed us to bring you solutions for the legal industry at Bellefield and our previous company eBillingHub, we’d like to share some news! 

As many of you are aware, we are proud graduates of the University of Pittsburgh. In fact, Bellefield is named after one of the main streets that runs through campus. Over the past few months, we had the opportunity to mentor a group of students who were taking part in The 2014 Randall Family Big Idea Competition. During the “big idea” competition, several groups of students pitch their ideas and compete for cash prizes that can be used to fund their ventures. 

HeartBleed Vulnerability Serves As Important Reminder for Law Firms

Posted by Daniel Garcia on April 15, 2014 at 8:00 AM

As reported in the news last week, a major bug (nick-named HeartBleed) was reported in OpenSSL, the

open source cryptographic library used by many websites around the world to protect your information as it is transmitted over the internet. The HeartBleed bug impacted an estimated 2/3rds of all websites. While security vulnerabilities have become common in the age of the internet, this is certainly one of the most widespread events that we've seen in recent history.

Topics: IT

Mobility: 3 Things Legal Vendors Aren’t Telling You

Posted by Daniel Garcia on April 9, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Many of the legal vendors out there seem to believe that mobility means that they've got an App. There, I said it.

They think that you just do an app, you put it on the app store, and there you go. Now you have mobility. Boom. Well, true mobility is a little bit more involved than simply creating an app.

Topics: Mobility

6 Ways to Take the Pain Out of Timekeeping

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on March 19, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Have you ever heard an attorney say that one of his or her favorite jobs is keeping their time? Yeah right.

Of course, timekeeping isn’t your favorite task. Clearly, it is not the reason that you became an attorney in the first place. However, timekeeping is an important part of gaining and maintaining your clients’ trust. In this article, we’ve outlined a few of our favorite timekeeping best practices to take the burden away from your timekeeping responsibilities.

How Law Firm Culture Affects Profitability

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on March 13, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Culture is often regarded as a “fluffy” aspect of the firm’s operations and is typically assigned to the Human Resource department as a feel-good, nice-to-have.

In our recent blog posts, we’ve been speaking to many CFO concerns, such as why the CFO should be involved in vendor selection. In this post, we’ll explore another topic that directly affects the firm’s profitability: culture.

Topics: Real-time Compliance

How Law Firms Can Win with Big Data

Posted by Daniel Garcia on March 10, 2014 at 7:02 AM

In our last post, we discussed how real-time compliance is giving power back to attorneys to prevent billing errors and get invoices paid faster. As we mentioned, this is the short term problem solved by the real-time compliance. But, as is often the case, there is something much deeper going on that law firms should be aware of.

Topics: Real-time Compliance

Law Firms: Bad News Early Is Good News

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on February 28, 2014 at 6:23 AM

How real-time compliance can help law firms get less rejections and faster payments

The sooner you know that there is a problem, the better. Fix it. Move on.

However, in the typical law firm, identifying the “bad news” early enough to address the problem is a struggle. Specifically, I’m referring to the disconnect between what attorneys are doing when they record their time and what clients receive in an invoice. The problem starts when a client is billed using the incorrect codes for the work completed. The ultimate result of this disconnect is unhappy clients (and of course, unhappy attorneys due to late or missing payments from clients).

Facebook’s WhatsApp Acquisition: What Does it Say About Mobility?

Posted by Daniel Garcia on February 20, 2014 at 10:28 AM


Yesterday, the news broke that Facebook purchased mobile messaging app, WhatsApp for $19 Billion. While Facebook has made several acquisitions in the past 10 years since the social network was founded, this marks its biggest acquisition yet.

Even for Facebook, this was a major purchase. So why did they do it?

In this post, we’ll dive into the significance of the WhatsApp acquisition (and save you from those cheesy “WhatsApp with that?” puns that we’re seeing from just about everyone else covering this story).

Snow Problem, No problem - As Long As Your Firm is Mobile

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on February 14, 2014 at 4:52 PM

The weather outside is frightful. Even in locations where it is is typically delightful.

This season, just about every US location is getting pummeled with snow, ice and other severe weather conditions. Yesterday, law firms in DC, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, Boston, Maine, and New England were closed. While a “snow day” might sound like fun, it can be very stressful for individuals who are forced to “work from home” without have access to the proper infrastructure that allows them to tend to important matters.

Topics: Mobile Technology

Do It Now: Five Benefits of Contemporaneous Time Entry

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on February 13, 2014 at 2:19 PM

On an intuitive level, “do it now,” as opposed “save it for later” makes sense. After all, why put off an important task when you could take care of it right now and breathe a little bit easier knowing that it is complete?

Easier said than done. For most of us, this isn’t reality. In fact, while only 20% of the population are considered clinical procrastinators, everyone procrastinates some of the time. In fact, people are more likely to put off a task that they don’t like to do until later. And, since most people don’t exactly consider themselves time entry enthusiasts...

Topics: Contemporaneous Time Entry

The Problem with Reconstructive Time Entry

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on January 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

In the legal world, everyone keeps time. But, how accurate are those time logs?

Has your firm ever measured the time elapsed between the time that the work was completed and when the time recorded? For most firms, the average is about 5 to 7 days.

Why does this matter? Well, because the longer it takes to record an activity the less you will remember. It will all even out eventually, right? Probably not.

Topics: Contemporaneous Time Entry, Time Entry/Time Keeping

New Digs: Check Out Our New Office

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on January 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Bellefield team has exciting news to share with you - we moved! 

Since we started Bellefield a few years ago, we've been fortunate to experiece record growth and success in building iTimekeep into the most adopted mobile time entry solution for attorneys

But, we're not done yet.


6 Timekeeping Resolutions to Keep in 2014

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on January 27, 2014 at 7:30 AM

It may not be your favorite thing to do and it is certainly not the reason that you became an attorney, but timekeeping is an important part of gaining and maintaining your clients’ trust. The good news is that timekeeping doesn’t have to be painful or a source of stress.

In the following list, we’ve identified the 6 most important timekeeping resolutions that you should commit to this year.

Topics: Time Entry/Time Keeping

Why the CFO Needs to Be Involved in Vendor Selection

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on January 15, 2014 at 9:15 AM

As the CFO of a law firm, your attention is required on several competing priorities throughout the firm. As such, it is tempting to leave certain important matters, such as vendor and product selection, to the end users or IT department.  However, before you pass these decisions off to other team members, remember that vendor selection can have a direct impact on the firm’s profitability. 

Technology is changing law firms as we know them, presenting new decisions that can have a direct impact on revenue. Anything that impacts the law firm’s revenue should be of interest to the CFO. That’s why it should be the CFO’s responsibility to be involved when making these types of important or critical purchases. Now, more than ever before, the CFO needs to be involved with the vendor selection process to ensure that technology improvements are positioning the firm for future growth and financial success. 

Topics: Vendor Selection

Gen Y Attorneys: 3 Things You Need to Know

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on January 10, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Gen Y, also known as Millennials, were born between the early 1980s to the early 2000s - a time of great technological change and innovation. Having grown up as “digital natives,” Gen Y has changed the workforce as we know it, embracing technology, mobility and location independence.

What does Gen Y mean for the legal community? While many law firms may still take a traditional approach to technology and productivity, Gen Y attorneys have different ideas and are helping to revolutionize the way that firms operate.

Topics: Gen Y

Innovation: What Does it Really Mean?

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on January 9, 2014 at 5:00 AM

A few months ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with Businessweek. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, you can find it here. When the transcript of this interview was published, our team was chomping at the bit. We passed the link around to team members and added commentary via reply-all for a few days. While we pay special attention to any news in tech (especially a new IOS release, which directly affects our products), what fascinated us about this particular interview was the focus on innovation.

There is no argument that the term innovation achieved and has since maintained buzzword status many years ago. The challenge with using and understanding the term is that there are so many misconceptions about what innovation truly means.

Topics: Innovation

Mobile Time Entry: Three Things You Need to Know

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on December 20, 2013 at 5:00 AM


Mobile devices have changed the world and they are changing the way we work and communicate. Mobility begins the moment that we walk away from our desktop or laptop, not just when we are outside of the office.

Our productivity, often driven by the apps that we choose, is enhanced and enabled to take on new life with our ever-expanding access to technology.

Mobile time entry is part of this shift. 

Topics: Mobile Technology

How to Empower Your Attorneys To Enter Time Contemporaneously

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on December 18, 2013 at 5:00 AM


Eye roll. 




Why Time Velocity Is Critical to Your Firm’s Operations

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on December 16, 2013 at 5:00 AM

We use the term time velocity to describe the timeliness of information. Do you have timekeeping data available in real-time or does it have to be submitted, calculated and analyzed manually?

Tech Trends: How Attorneys Use Mobile Technology

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on December 4, 2013 at 6:10 AM

Today’s attorneys are more connected than ever, according to the 2013 ILTA Technology Survey that represents over 88,000 attorneys. Top law firms are using technology across all aspects of their firm to maximize efficiency and revenue.

Topics: Mobile Technology

How to Achieve Timekeeping Nirvana

Posted by John Kuntz on November 19, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Learn how to get your attorneys to enter their time, on time, all of the time.

Ahhh, timekeeping policies. We all have them. We have them because they are effective at getting our attorneys to comply. Timekeeping policies are great.

Wait, what? 

If the above statement makes you cringe a little bit, because it isn’t completely true in your firm, don’t worry. You’re not alone. 90% of law firms struggle with time entry. Despite clear-cut policies that require attorneys to enter their time daily, weekly, monthly or whatever the case may be, time entries are submitted late and after a significant amount of teeth-pulling. 

So, which type of firm are you? Are you the firm whose attorneys are not compliant and recreate their time forensically? Or, are you the firm that we all strive to be - the firm that keeps its time contemporaneously?

Topics: Time Entry Policies

Time Capture vs. Contemporaneous Time Entry

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on November 18, 2013 at 5:28 PM

“Time is money.” We’ve all heard that before. In order to maximize revenue and accuracy at your firm, you’ll need to decide on the right method to account for your firm’s billable hours. This decision is critical to growing your firm and achieving your business goals.

Topics: Time Capture, Contemporaneous Time Entry

What Is Contemporaneous Time Entry?

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on November 17, 2013 at 7:29 PM

19875974_s-1Contemporaneous, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary , means “existing, occurring or originating at the same time.” Applied to the practice of time entry, contemporaneous time entry occurs when time is recorded as a task is being completed. It’s real-time time entry.

Topics: Contemporaneous Time Entry