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Please check out the BAMC on Facebook (search “Bar Association and Bar Foundation of Montgomery County”), as well as twitter and Instagram (@bamc_law).  If you are a Committee Chair or a Section Chair, and you would like the Bar Association to promote something on social media for your Committee or Section, please contact Keith Rosa or Jessica Blumberg.


Techlectic ... by Pat Hoover

Alternative Client Invoicing – PayPal

No attorney wants to spend 20 minutes or longer for the time it takes to faithfully the follow the data entry rules and the several steps required of the big dog software packages in order simply to generate a small invoice. It’s just not worth it. And that’s the dilemma. But instead of writing it off or hoping that client will call back when a meatier, more “worth it” matter comes along, consider this alternative. PayPal is a highly successful online billing portal with excellent security that offers a very quick and highly effective online method of invoicing that’s perfect for those small bills or the one time client billable consultations we might otherwise write off.

It’s often written that as a group, attorneys are the worst when it comes to the business side of practicing law. You know — billing, collections, profit and loss, that sort of thing. And while I basically agree with that particular nugget of conventional wisdom, I do try and stay on top of the back office side, so critical in private practice. But for a while today I was stymied when trying to generate a quick invoice on a new client-consultation-only fee. Full disclosure, it’s been many years since I’ve offered clients free in-office consultations in my practice specialty (education and school law exclusively for students and families).

The problem for me (and many of you, I suspect) is when, like earlier today, I need to generate a quick invoice but refused the hassle of having to input bunches of data otherwise required of my gimongous law practice management program. So, when faced with my frustrating billing dilemma I suddenly came up with a quick online solution that you too can benefit from knowing. Normally, I send out invoices using Clio, a full turnkey law office practice management program. QuickBooks is another outstanding online program commonly used to invoice clients. Clio and QuickBooks are but two of the software packages from the current listing of many large dedicated programs lawyers and law offices call upon regularly. But the problem with using these big data programs is simply that to be fully functional, they are integrated into every aspect of the practice and are just not set up for a fast one time client invoice.

Instead sign on as a (free) merchant with PayPal and use the no cost customizable invoicing software available to merchant users. I predict, you’ll be super glad you did!


Jessica Blumberg
Keith Rosa



March 22, 2018
May 24, 2018
June 21, 2018

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