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How to Avoid Client Confusion Regarding Fees and Charges

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Begin by discussing fees and costs openly and candidly with potential clients. Make sure they understand the difference between attorney’s fees and disbursement costs. Also, be sure to give your clients a fee agreement written in easy to understand language.

Then, when it comes time to draft bills, be sure to follow these tips and check out “How to Draft Bills Clients Rush to Pay” (a resource located in the Lending Library), so that your clients want to pay you!

Contact pmap@scbar.org for additional assistance.

End Year Organization

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It is hard to believe that there are less than 16 days till the end of 2015! With the year-end fast approaching, many lawyers are organizing records for the tax season and establishing goals for their firm for the new year. Take the time to consider these nine vital numbers for your law firm’s health appearing in the blog Attorney at Work as you assess your firm’s accomplishments, improvements, and goals for 2016.  In addition, check out this great report about Year End Closeout written by Lexis Nexis and these Six Steps for Better Tax Organization from Small Biz Accountants. Questions regarding your practice? E-mail pmap@scbar.org.

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Draft Better Bills

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Lawyers enjoy practicing law, but rarely do you find a lawyer who enjoys billing for his or her work. There are steps you can take to draft bills that clients are more likely to pay. Put a date on your billing statement and a due date for when payment must be made. Without a due date, your bill will end up at the bottom of your client’s stack. Make sure you include entries that were done at “no charge.” Clients appreciate when this is pointed out. For more billing tips, read Billing Pointers That Can Improve Your Cash Flow.