Auto:Time is an extremely powerful tool for Workers Compensation firms. Since Auto:Time tracks how much time you are spending on your matters, it gives firms insight into profitability.
Even though matters are contingent, tracking every activity that you complete for a client is important. You'll have an accurate record of your time and your firm's billable time for a client and matter expenses to present if you need to file a fee petition for a case. Smokeball Billing allows you to track settlement deposits, make trust payments, print checks, and provide invoices to the client that document your contingency fees and expenses.
Auto:Time is an extremely powerful feature for defense cases since it automatically records your activity in Smokeball, compiles all your activities and creates a time entry ready to review and bill through Smokeball Billing for hourly matters.
Whether your matter is contingent or hourly, Auto:Time helps you understand exactly how much time you are spending on your matters and in turn what is your profitability on each matter.
How to utilize Auto:Time and Smokeball Billing for Criminal Attorneys
- Set up your default billing rate. Mark your time entries as billable under staff and users if your matters are mainly hourly. If not, unselect.
- When calculating the annual cost, take into account all expenses including rent, salary, and other bills. If unsure, try adding 10-15% to salary as a starting point.
- Smokeball will track all your Smokeball activity (documents, emails, calendar events, etc.) in Activity Intelligence and create billable entries for invoices in Smokeball Billing or non billable entries to show on an invoice in Smokeball Billing.