Smokeball Start - LEDES/UTBMS Billing

Smokeball can help you create LEDES 1998B invoices using the ABA tasks codes. To access LEDES/UTBMS, firms must enable the feature in Firm Settings.

How to Activate UTBMS Billing

  • LEDES/UTBMS can be activated in the Time & Activities section of your Firm Settings.

  • Simply select "Enable UTBMS Billing" under the UTBMS Billing tab in Time & Activities.
  • Enter your LEDES Firm ID and select the Code set(s) you want to have available for LEDES matters.

  • For each matter needing UTBMS billing codes, locate the cogwheel below the matter title and select "EDIT MATTER".
  • Check the box to enable UTBMS billing.
  • Enter the LEDES Matter ID and LEDES Client Matter ID.
  • Click the "SAVE MATTER" button at the bottom of the screen to apply your changes.

  • Once enabled, UTBMS codes will be available under "TASK" when entering in Time/Fees.
    • Type in the code or browse using the dropdown.
    • UTBMS codes are available on any Time/Fee entry. Below are examples from Smokeball Start. Learn more about Time/Fee Entries.

  • The LEDES Task code will be listed on invoices created for LEDES/UTBMS matters.
  • It is quick and easy to generate an invoice for reviewing all the different fees.

  • To download the LEDES1998B format, finalize the invoice, and select the LEDES option.

  • Here's an example of what the  LEDES1998B invoice looks like in Notepad.

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