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Immigration Law Firms: Do you have trust issues?

Immigration Law Firms: Do you have trust issues?

By: Jane Benthin
Special Thanks to Paul Carlson, CPA of Law Firm Velocity, for his collaboration on this article.

Law firms who focus on immigration law face two unique challenges. First, they deal with a large volume of trust activity; and secondly, many of them use flat-fee billing, which means firms have plenty of incomplete work that needs to be tracked. Which technology solution a firm chooses can significantly affect how efficiently these challenges are handled.

Although Soluno works across all areas of practice, it is a highly effective tool for lawyers working in the immigration law space. Its trust processes and ability to handle unbilled funds were conceived from over 50 years in the legal and trust accounting market. Here are two important ways that Soluno can help resolve your trust issues:

 

1.  No more tenuous reconciliations  

When using software that lacks robust trust accounting (or any accounting for that matter), the process of weekly or monthly reconciliation can be a daunting task for many firms. Users have grown accustomed to duplicating trust account activity in at least two systems, and then manually researching and updating any exceptions that are uncovered during reconciliation. For immigration law, this job becomes even tougher because of the sheer volume of trust transactions that firms need to reconcile.

Soluno’s complete accounting tackles these challenges and reconciles for you. The software’s 3-way trust reconciliation process ensures that operating, trust, and credit card entries are all resolved. Any outstanding exceptions are listed and can easily be associated to the appropriate matter(s). Once completed, reconciliation reports will always include a comparison with your firm’s client trust listing which is appended to the bank reconciliation report, thus eliminating the need for deep dives to find crucial information.

This 3-way reconciliation system eliminates time-consuming manual effort. Soluno can easily handle the high volumes of trust account activity that immigration law firms have to manage, which in turn prevents unnecessary errors and gives time back to your firm for other important tasks.

 

2.  Never lose track of uncompleted work

It is not uncommon for firms that work with flat-fee billing to move funds from a trust account into an operating (or general) account before beginning a matter. Until the case is complete and an invoice is produced, firms will have unbilled W.I.P. The value of your firm’s uncompleted work is an important dollar amount that must be tracked and managed effectively.

With Soluno, it’s easy to monitor the amount of uncompleted work using one of two comprehensive reports. The Client Ledger displays the total dollar amount owed in uncompleted work in relation to all other trust account activity, including trust account deposits and disbursements. For firms looking for a complete breakdown of all uncompleted work and a view of all open cases within Soluno, they can look to the Client Summary: Files with Balances report. Both these reports are default views within Soluno’s reporting functions.

 

When it comes to immigration law, it is imperative to deal with trust accounting in an efficient and intuitive way. And when it comes to trust accounting, Soluno also handles it with ease. If you’re looking for a Cloud-based software that can accurately handle high quantities of trust account activity while remaining IOLTA compliant; and can easily keep track of all unearned fees, you should see Soluno in action today.

Watch Soluno consultant Paul Carlson’s video tour of Soluno’s trust accounting tools.

 

About Soluno:

Soluno is Cloud-based time, billing, and accounting SaaS solution designed for law firms of all sizes. Soluno simplifies back-office processes – from matter management, time and expense entry, receiving payments, to financial and productivity reporting – while remaining fully compliant with local regulatory requirements and maintaining a full audit trail. Since 2014, Soluno has been built on a foundation of innovative technology and a people-first philosophy prioritizes streamlined systems and superior customer experiences. The product is trusted by thousands of professionals daily.

 

About Paul Carlson:

Paul Carlson is the principal at Law Firm Velocity - a company that focuses on providing stellar solutions for your firm’s accounting requirements. Paul tailors his services to the needs of each client,including process design, onboarding, monthly closes, financial meetings, and course development.

Paul is contactable by:

email: paul@pcarlsoncpa.com

phone: (480)320-1020

web: https://www.lawfirmvelocity.com

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Immigration Law Firms: Do you have trust issues?

By: Jane Benthin
Special Thanks to Paul Carlson, CPA of Law Firm Velocity, for his collaboration on this article.

Law firms who focus on immigration law face two unique challenges. First, they deal with a large volume of trust activity; and secondly, many of them use flat-fee billing, which means firms have plenty of incomplete work that needs to be tracked. Which technology solution a firm chooses can significantly affect how efficiently these challenges are handled.

Although Soluno works across all areas of practice, it is a highly effective tool for lawyers working in the immigration law space. Its trust processes and ability to handle unbilled funds were conceived from over 50 years in the legal and trust accounting market. Here are two important ways that Soluno can help resolve your trust issues:

 

1.  No more tenuous reconciliations  

When using software that lacks robust trust accounting (or any accounting for that matter), the process of weekly or monthly reconciliation can be a daunting task for many firms. Users have grown accustomed to duplicating trust account activity in at least two systems, and then manually researching and updating any exceptions that are uncovered during reconciliation. For immigration law, this job becomes even tougher because of the sheer volume of trust transactions that firms need to reconcile.

Soluno’s complete accounting tackles these challenges and reconciles for you. The software’s 3-way trust reconciliation process ensures that operating, trust, and credit card entries are all resolved. Any outstanding exceptions are listed and can easily be associated to the appropriate matter(s). Once completed, reconciliation reports will always include a comparison with your firm’s client trust listing which is appended to the bank reconciliation report, thus eliminating the need for deep dives to find crucial information.

This 3-way reconciliation system eliminates time-consuming manual effort. Soluno can easily handle the high volumes of trust account activity that immigration law firms have to manage, which in turn prevents unnecessary errors and gives time back to your firm for other important tasks.

 

2.  Never lose track of uncompleted work

It is not uncommon for firms that work with flat-fee billing to move funds from a trust account into an operating (or general) account before beginning a matter. Until the case is complete and an invoice is produced, firms will have unbilled W.I.P. The value of your firm’s uncompleted work is an important dollar amount that must be tracked and managed effectively.

With Soluno, it’s easy to monitor the amount of uncompleted work using one of two comprehensive reports. The Client Ledger displays the total dollar amount owed in uncompleted work in relation to all other trust account activity, including trust account deposits and disbursements. For firms looking for a complete breakdown of all uncompleted work and a view of all open cases within Soluno, they can look to the Client Summary: Files with Balances report. Both these reports are default views within Soluno’s reporting functions.

 

When it comes to immigration law, it is imperative to deal with trust accounting in an efficient and intuitive way. And when it comes to trust accounting, Soluno also handles it with ease. If you’re looking for a Cloud-based software that can accurately handle high quantities of trust account activity while remaining IOLTA compliant; and can easily keep track of all unearned fees, you should see Soluno in action today.

Watch Soluno consultant Paul Carlson’s video tour of Soluno’s trust accounting tools.

 

About Soluno:

Soluno is Cloud-based time, billing, and accounting SaaS solution designed for law firms of all sizes. Soluno simplifies back-office processes – from matter management, time and expense entry, receiving payments, to financial and productivity reporting – while remaining fully compliant with local regulatory requirements and maintaining a full audit trail. Since 2014, Soluno has been built on a foundation of innovative technology and a people-first philosophy prioritizes streamlined systems and superior customer experiences. The product is trusted by thousands of professionals daily.

 

About Paul Carlson:

Paul Carlson is the principal at Law Firm Velocity - a company that focuses on providing stellar solutions for your firm’s accounting requirements. Paul tailors his services to the needs of each client,including process design, onboarding, monthly closes, financial meetings, and course development.

Paul is contactable by:

email: paul@pcarlsoncpa.com

phone: (480)320-1020

web: https://www.lawfirmvelocity.com

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