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LexisNexis Legal and Professional, a legal software and content provider, announced today a new release of Time Matters practice management software for law firms. Time Matters version 12 now includes the Time Entry Advisor, which was introduced into PC Law 12 in June and designed to capture and record billable time, and a new add-in for Microsoft Outlook.
The Time Entry Advisor feature in Time Matters automatically tracks unbilled documents, events, tasks, and other work and reminds timekeepers to complete billing information for those activities. Unbilled activities are presented in a spreadsheet with filtering views that enable lawyers and other firm personnel to access a chronological view of potential billable time entries the Advisor recorded.
Unaccounted entries can be viewed by date, matter, client, lawyer, or by the type of task, e.g., court appearance. Users can then click on individual tasks they wish to enter as billable client work and update the time record, according to Jonathan Biebesheimer, practice management software specialist at LexisNexis.
The Time Entry Advisor in Time Matters 12 ferrets out work products in objects such as events, documents, and phone messages that have no billable record attached to them for review to attribute proper client/matter information and time for billing purposes.
The Time Matters add-in for Microsoft Outlook provides access to time-entry data directly from the Outlook interface. In one click in Outlook, you can access practice management data, including documents, contacts, notes, and billing information. You can also save Outlook email messages, with attachments, as document records within the Time Matters program.
The new version of Time Matters makes it easy to collect unbilled time and account for it, as well as manage time from within the Outlook interface. With LexisNexis' Mobility service, key features of Time Matters can be accessed using internet-connected mobile devices, designed to increase the productivity of legal professionals when they are outside their offices.
This image depicts Time Matters information from within Outlook. With the new add-in, lawyers can make program calls to Time Matters within Outlook without directly running the practice management application.
Billing Matters was also upgraded to version 12, which will receive a number of user-requested features implemented in service releases, according to Loretta Ruppert, senior director of marketing at LexisNexis, and
For more information, see the Time Matters website.
Attorney Sean Doherty is LTN's technology editor.