We often receive questions about how lawyers should record their time. The narratives of your time tracking records should contain a precise description of the work performed, as if you were face to face explaining to a client what you did. By the way, that is exactly why your clients want you to keep track of your time anyway, isn't it?
So, what does work and what does not? Let's start with a couple of examples that clearly miss the mark:
John P Doe Jr. | 0:20 | $300 | $100 | Several emails
John P Doe Jr. | 3:10 | $300 | $950 | Various activities
John P Doe Jr. | 1:00 | $300 | $300 | Miscellaneous
- Make sure your narratives clearly state what your time was spent on.
- Mention the title of the document you have been working on, or mention the subject of your emails and phone calls.
- If you are in meetings, explain what the meeting was about and with whom you had the meeting.
- Avoid abbreviations and acronyms. Clocktimizer can recognize common acronyms, but it's best to write the full deliverable.
- Do not make spelling mistakes.
John P Doe Jr. | 2:10 | $300 | $650 | Reviewed and amended the shareholder agreement
John P Doe Jr. | 3:00 | $300 | $900 | Drafting memo on mortgage default and foreclosure
John P Doe Jr. | 0:30 | $300 | $150 | Phone call with Mrs. Jane Doe on confidentiality clause in the share purchase agreementBe clear about the document or task you were working on, so later on it is easy to identify what you actually did.
John P Doe Jr. | 2:10 | $300 | $650 | Drafting transaction documentation
John P Doe Jr. | 1:20 | $300 | $400 | Int. meeting with JAD