How do I bill for menial tasks? I am constantly under counting my hours because my tasks are clerical/finding this or that/ excel sheet updating. I take hours since I’m new but I bill very low since my tasks don’t seem to match what the client requires. Any insight ? What should I write ?

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You should bill every minute you work on something that is somehow requested/needed by the client. Just find a way to make it look good in your time description: “considering and responding to emails regarding x”, “reviewing and updating y”… Bill your time!

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Right, well I’m only staffed on one matter at the moment, but you’re right

Merge your menial task time with a larger task time or just combine all the menial tasks time together at the end of the day.

Ask for previous invoices for the matter to see the narratives which passed muster and billed to the clients.

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“Formulate strategy for further handling ___ in preparation for ___”. For example, you spent 15
Minutes figuring out issues regarding subpoenas - maybe the subpoena company screed up, maybe you’re checking in on status of records. “Formulate strategy for resolving issues relating to nature and scope of - entities compliance with subpoena in furtherance of motion to compel compliance with subpoenas”

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Here’s another example of making up time planning a case: formulate strategy for further handling of securing testimony under oath of —/ further information, claims, documentation, additional information from client re. —— and concurrently draft report re. Same”.

Another tip:
Check the billing entries of other associates. Your firm should have a billing software where every entry is located and you can look up cases by file number. Work off of samples if you don’t wanna request from coworkers outright. I bill super well now, but it took me a couple months to get there. Stick with it, learn by doing and the billing will come. Spend time figuring out how to bill every single thing. Your billing will come!

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Wtf does menial mean.

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