Lawyers tend to pick up lots of bad habits when it comes to running a business (and don’t kid yourself, law is a business); a recent article by Erik Mazzone mentions a few of those he thinks are prime for cessation.
Interesting, two of his four are ones highly relevant to us, namely not waiting until the end of the month before entering your time and not considering technological incompetence to be a badge of honor.
Practice management software, like Online Legal Software, give attorneys the ability to enter time as they work it. This leads to more accurate and better bills (hopefully getting them paid quicker and with less problems) and avoids the ethical problems that can occur with under- or over- billing a client.
And of course, using technology is not only becoming (virtually) mandatory, but allows an attorney to practice better and smarter.