Three Reasons Why Your Time Policy Keeps Failing

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on May 2, 2017 9:57:00 AM

How many times have you made a resolution to finally work on your time entry policy? It is discussed and agreed upon in the attorney retreat, and everyone is poised to make it work this time around. There is acknowledgement that there will be some penalties for the worst offenders, emails are going to be sent and therefore, it is expected for all attorneys to comply. Sound familiar? Almost inevitably, toward the middle or end of the year, the firm realizes that the policy is not working as expected and everyone moves on to other issues.

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How to Create a Time Entry Policy that Works for Your Firm

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on Feb 27, 2017 7:00:00 AM

 

If you work at a law firm in any capacity, you know all too well the struggle that exists around time entry. Busy attorneys dread setting aside their limited time to devote what usually amounts to hours of reconstructive time entry: going through call logs, emails, notes scribbled on post-its and bubble gum wrappers to make the best guess of how much time was spent on each matter. 

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Case Study: How to Successfully Implement Mobile Time Entry

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on Apr 15, 2016 1:38:36 PM

Introducing a new technology to attorneys can be challenging.After all, attorneys have been burned many times by solutions that are inefficient, overly complicated and ineffective. This has led to a perception that attorneys are unwilling to adopt new technology. At Bellefield, we've found this to be a major misconception. In our experience, attorneys enthusiastically embrace new technology - so long as it is actually adding value to their processes.

Topics: Time Entry Policies, Time Entry/Time Keeping, Mobility


Five Reasons Why Your Timekeeping Policies Will Fail

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on Feb 12, 2015 11:29:13 AM

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

Topics: Time Entry Policies, Time Entry/Time Keeping


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

Posted by Gaby Isturiz on Jul 25, 2014 8:11:00 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.

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How to Achieve Timekeeping Nirvana

Posted by John Kuntz on Nov 19, 2013 7:29:00 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