Let's say you originate a fixed fee project for $5000 and spend $1000 of time on it before your associate completes the project. How would you ensure the fixed fee is properly split between associates? In LeanLaw, you can allocate the amount of a fixed fee to multiple users in either percentages or in flat dollar values. This article will show you how!
1. Open your matter
The first step is to open the matter associated with your fixed fee. If you need a refresher on creating matters, click here.
2. Click the Fixed Fees tab
With your matter open, click on the fixed fees tab to view all fixed fees associated with the matter.
3. Open the fixed fee
Locate the fixed fee you wish to allocate and open it by clicking the fixed fee's name.
4. Open Revenue Allocation
In the top right of the open fixed fee, click on the Revenue Allocation tab to open it.
5. Assign users and values
You'll see a dropdown menu labeled Add User. Click the dropdown to select one of the users to which you wish to allocate this fixed fee. You'll see that the user's name joins the window and the Add User dropdown moves down. Repeat this process until you have the desired users assigned to this fixed fee.
Next, assign the value of the fixed fee you wish each user to receive. You can do this as a percentage or as a flat dollar value.
You also need to assign the fixed fee to a user for invoicing purposes. Usually this would be the responsible attorney for the matter, but we leave the choice to you. Assign the invoice to a user by clicking the checkbox which is underneath INVOICE USER and to the left of their name.
6. Save the fixed fee
Your allocated fixed fee is now complete. The last thing to do is to save the entry by clicking the green Save Fixed Fee button on the bottom of the Fixed Fee window.
You now have a fixed fee allocated between multiple users! If you wish to edit the allocation, you can simply follow these steps from the beginning to reopen the fixed fee and make any changes that you wish. Alternatively, you can find this fixed fee in the Billing tab under the category Ready to Bill if you're ready to draft an invoice.