CASE STUDY: Founding attorney decreases invoice production time from one week to 4 hours.

Case Study for legal billing software:
Founding attorney decreases invoice production time from one week to 4 hours.

The Challenge

Chris Nyhus started his law firm nine years ago and has been using QuickBooks “forever.” With QuickBooks alone, there were many manual workarounds that took time and compromised accuracy. Chris sent an Excel spreadsheet everyday to an assistant.

QuickBooks on its own was not providing them with what they needed to streamline the billing workflow. He didn’t want to leave QuickBooks, but he needed an automated solution to turn administrative work into client-focused work. The law practice was expanding. Too much time was spent on administration. Chris knew there had to be a better way.

The Solution

  • LeanLaw’s billing workflow saved 36 hours per week
  • Clients receive and pay invoices more quickly because they remember the value of the work
  • Legal assistants work on more valuable, client-focused tasks

Chris found LeanLaw in the QuickBooks Online app store. What really sold him on the software was the ability to set up a new client and matter in just a few clicks and add time or start a timer. He no longer had to transfer the information to an Excel spreadsheet; rather, it automatically populated the client’s invoice.

Chris has increased his realization rate because he was no longer spending time on the invoice workflow and had more availability for billable work. With the ability to send electronic invoices, he saw a decrease in AR: clients who receive their invoices in a timely manner pay more quickly as they remember the value of the attorney’s services.

“LeanLaw transformed our billing procedures from requiring a week’s worth of my assistant’s time to four hours. We save about $600 each month and the 36 hours we save are repurposed into productive client-centered work.”


Benefits of LeanLaw

  • Time entries pushed automatically to the invoice
  • Invoices sent electronically (can also be printed and mailed)
  • Invoice manager duties went from 40 hours each month to 4 hours

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Law Firm Accounting Professionals Weigh In

Caren Schwartz
35-45 Consulting-Global

Changing software is not something your law firm does lightly, nor do you want to do it often. It’s important to do your homework and understand your firm’s needs, analyze your choices, and put together a plan, including project management. That’s the best way to get to a new solution that helps your firm move forward.

Lynda Artesani & Sarah Prevost
The Proper Trust

In our experience after numerous law firm software migrations, the key to success in purchasing new financial software is to understand what critical features are MOST important to your business. Understand how it fits with your current (and future) staff and how your current best practices will work within these new tools. Picking a tool and a partner to help you migrate is essential to the success of this journey.

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