May 5th, 2012 by Gwynne Monahan
Timekeeping. Billing. Collections. Three key pain points for solo and small firm lawyers.
While there are apps to help manage them, there has not been an integrated solution for the solo and small firm lawyer. Thanks to the Clio Platform, Clio’s Application Programming Interface (API), and launch partners Chrometa and ZenCash, solo and small firm attorneys can eliminate these pain points with an integrated solution.
“With the combined Chrometa, Clio and ZenCash solution, solo and small firm lawyers now have the ability to automate much of their time capture and collections process,” said Clio co-founder and CEO Jack Newton.
Chrometa is an easy-to-use application that silently captures attorney’s billable activity – from emails to phone calls to document drafting – and turns this information into time records. Before the Clio Platform, Chrometa data had to be exported, and then imported into Clio manually in order to generate a bill. With the Clio Platform, a click of a button in Chrometa automatically syncs the time entries with Clio.
“If you’re like most attorneys, you probably just want to make sure you capture all of your time, bill for it, and manage your practice without any headaches. You want your time and billing systems to ‘just work,’” said Chrometa CEO and co-founder Brett Owens.
Now that you’ve automated and imported your time from Chrometa, and generated a professional-looking bill with Clio, what happens if your client doesn’t pay on time?
This is where ZenCash steps in.
Once you sign up with ZenCash it, lets your establish your collections workflow. You create a timeline of automate bill reminders, such as letters and phone calls, based on invoice status. You can reward early payment with thank-you notes, adding another touch of customer service, and direct delinquent accounts to a collections agency.
And since ZenCash syncs with Clio through the Clio Platform, it knows what bills remain outstanding.
“Late and non-payments are not something you typically account for when setting up a practice, but it’s a huge pain point for law firms of all sizes,” said Brandon Cotter, founder and CEO of ZenCash. “Just like any business, it’s critical to have a plan in place to collect on payments. With ZenCash, in just a few clicks you can automate your entire receivables process—and thanks to our tight integration with Clio, you can do it in a way that fits within your existing workflow.
By leveraging the Clio Platform, Chrometa and ZenCash greatly simplify the process of maintaining your billable workflow.
If you are a third-party developer interested in building on the Clio Platform, visit http://api-docs.goclio.com for information on how to get started.