Bookkeeping and Accounting for Employment Lawyers

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How Bench works with employment lawyers

Get your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing handled by experts—supported by one robust platform. Bench works seamlessly with employment lawyers.

We get you set up

Our team dedicates diligent effort to thoroughly understand your employment law firm, respond to your inquiries, assist you in connecting your accounts, and demonstrate how Bench works seamlessly with your operations.

We do your bookkeeping

Every month, your dedicated bookkeeper neatly arranges your employment law firm's transactions and drafts financial statements. If they require anything additional from you, they won’t hesitate to reach out.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of experts is proficient in legal firm-specific tax regulations and will tailor their strategy to your employment law practice's distinctive requirements.

Here’s why employment lawyers like you trust Bench with their bookkeeping and accounting

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

We proactively provide bookkeeping updates tailored to each case. Have urgent inquiries that need immediate attention? Our team promises to respond within one business day or less, making us the perfect choice for busy employment lawyers.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Our platform enables you to automate data entries from leading providers, minimizing common errors. We collaborate with trusted partners such as Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square—ensuring your financial records as an employment lawyer remain precise at all times.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Say farewell to mountains of case files and laborious manual record-keeping—we automate inputs directly from your linked accounts. Gain insights from a single cohesive dashboard, enabling you to swiftly comprehend the fiscal health of your employment law practice and make informed strategic decisions.

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We sync seamlessly with your financial accounts and tools to keep your books up-to-date and save you the time and effort of manually uploading documents.

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We know bookkeeping for employment lawyers

Operating within the field of employment law requires meticulous record-keeping, accurate financial organization, and a thorough understanding of industry-specific taxation laws. With Bench, employment lawyers can now focus on their casework while we handle all their bookkeeping needs. Our intuitive software integrates smoothly with your financial operations, providing a comprehensive, real-time overview of your financial health. At the same time, our team of human bookkeepers ensure that no detail is missed. They handle everything from day-to-day bookkeeping to year-end financials with the utmost accuracy.

Given the strict regulatory landscape of the legal profession, employment lawyers must adhere to a number of industry-specific taxation and financial laws. Our expert team understands these unique demands, and are familiar with the pitfalls and common issues inherent to the field. Whether it's prompt filing of trust account transactions in compliance with IOLTA or handling client retainer fund tracking and reporting, Bench professionals are trained to meet these challenges. Through seamless reconciliation of accounts and rigorous financial auditing, we ensure that your firm continually meets the highest standards of financial compliance. With Bench, small business owners can confidently leave all their bookkeeping and tax concerns in competent hands, leaving them free to attend to the business of employment law.

Simple, straightforward pricing for everything your business needs.

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Choose Plan

Essential

Best for those looking for peace of mind and accurate financials done by professional bookkeepers.
$249/mo

billed annually

Dedicated bookkeeping experts
Accurate monthly books and year-end tax-ready financial packages
P&L, balance sheet and 1099 reporting
Unlimited communication with your bookkeeping team

Premium

Best for those looking for an all-in-one bookkeeping, tax advisory and income tax filing service.
$399/mo

billed annually

Everything in Essential plan
Dedicated team of licensed tax professionals to file your income tax return on time
Annual income tax filing for businesses (partnerships, S corps, C corps)
Annual income tax filing for individuals (sole proprietors, contractors)

Essential

Best for those looking for peace of mind and accurate financials done by professional bookkeepers.
$299/mo

billed monthly

Dedicated bookkeeping experts
Accurate monthly books and year-end tax-ready financial packages
P&L, balance sheet and 1099 reporting
Unlimited communication with your bookkeeping team

Premium

Best for those looking for an all-in-one bookkeeping, tax advisory and income tax filing service.
$499/mo

billed monthly

Everything in Essential plan
Dedicated team of licensed tax professionals to file your income tax return on time
Annual income tax filing for businesses (partnerships, S corps, C corps)
Annual income tax filing for individuals (sole proprietors, contractors)

Frequently Asked Questions

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As an employment lawyer, what specific legal industry tax deductions should I be aware of when organizing my financial records?

As an employment lawyer, several specific legal industry tax deductions may apply to you. These deductions can significantly decrease your taxable income when properly documented and claimed. Here are some of the deductions you should be aware of:

  • Home Office Expenses: If you work from a dedicated home office, you can claim the portion of your home expenses, like rent, utilities, and maintenance costs that relate to your office area.
  • Professional Fees and Dues: Any fees paid to retain your bar membership, or to professional legal organizations can be deducted.
  • Continuing Legal Education: If you participate in continuing education to maintain your license or improve your legal skills, these costs can be deductible.
  • Legal Research Costs: Costs incurred for legal research tools, online databases, and legal publications can be deducted.
  • Travel expenses: If you travel for work matters – such as meeting with clients or attending conferences – you may deduct these related costs. This includes airfare, lodging, meals, and transportation.

Please note that tax laws change regularly and can vary by location. Consulting with an accounting professional can ensure that you're maximizing your deductions while staying within the legal guidelines.

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How can bookkeeping for employment lawyers cater to the unique patterns and complexities of billing hours, client retainers, and intermittent income?

Bookkeeping for employment lawyers is tailored to handle the specific dynamics involved in their practice. Experienced professional bookkeepers understand the cyclical nature of law firm income and the need for meticulous tracking of billable hours. They are equipped to manage client retainers in a way that reflects in the financial statements accurately and complies with the legal requirements.

Intermittent income can also pose a challenge for consistent cash flow analysis. Bookkeepers, having a profound understanding of these income patterns, can predict potential cash crunch periods and even the peaks, enabling law firms to plan and strategize accordingly. This specialized bookkeeping service ensures that every financial aspect of an employment law practice is handled with expertise and precision, ultimately contributing to the firm's profitability and growth.

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What is the best way to manage escrow and client trust accounts in the bookkeeping process for employment lawyers?

The best way to manage escrow and client trust accounts in the bookkeeping process for employment lawyers involves several important steps. Firstly, it is crucial to keep clear and accurate records of all transactions, including the source and destination of funds. A detailed ledger for each client should be maintained, documenting every disbursement and deposit.

Secondly, reconciling the trust accounts regularly (usually on a monthly basis) is vital. This includes comparing the balance of the trust bank account with the total of individual client ledgers. Any discrepancies should be immediately investigated and corrected.

Lastly, the use of modern bookkeeping and accounting software can simplify this process, increase accuracy, and reduce the risk of errors. Some software options are specifically designed to manage trust accounts and can help to streamline this aspect of an employment lawyer's bookkeeping process.

Beyond these steps, it's incredibly important to stay updated on and comply with state or province regulations regarding trust accounts. Consultation with a professional accountant or bookkeeper is often beneficial to ensure proper procedures are being followed.

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Does Bench outsource bookkeeping?

Nope! All bookkeeping is completed in-house.

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Will I have one point of contact?

Your bookkeeper will be your main point of contact, but at times you might hear from another member of your team. This is usually when your bookkeeper goes on vacation, is sick, or otherwise unavailable.

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How much time each month will I have to spend managing my Bench account?

We handle the bookkeeping for you but sometimes we’ll need your input, especially at year-end. On average, expect to spend 15 minutes each month answering questions for your bookkeeper, or uploading supporting docs.

Bookkeeping Services for Employment Lawyers

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