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eBilling Rules and Guidelines

This page acts as an index for all of the eBilling Rules and Guidelines (available under Billing Profiles) in TeamConnect Enterprise. It also details the order in which the billing rules are applied when running against an invoice. If you are on CSM version >= 6.0, we configure Invoice Validation Rules through the Billing Profile in the TeamConnect User Interface.

What are Invoice Audit Rules?

One of the main benefits of an eBilling solution is the automated auditing of invoices against company and firm-specific billing guidelines. A list of comprehensive, best-practice rules exists in TeamConnect Enterprise that allows users to optimize their electronic invoice import process to automatically reject, automatically adjust, or flag with a warning line items in an invoice that do not conform to the set billing guidelines (audit rules). 

Setting billing audits and communicating those to your firms ensures you are both clear on billing expectations. By using billing audits, you can identify firms that consistently follow billing guidelines as well as those who don’t and avoid billing discrepancies such as duplicate invoices and charges. Billing audits reduce outside counsel costs, increase billing efficiency and promote better communications with outside counsel.

Audits performed in the eBilling portal

Mitratech’s eBilling portal is Collaborati.

Before your legal department receiving an electronic invoice, audits are performed within Collaborati. These basic audits are in place to eliminate invoices received and reviewed by your legal department that contain basic billing errors.

These audits are applied to both electronic invoices uploaded into Collaborati as well as invoices manually created in Collaborati.

Audit Name Description
Syntax Validation The LEDES invoice uploaded by a vendor conforms to LEDES format
Data Type Validation The data submitted is in the correct format (for example, dates are submitted in a date format)
Client Validation The client has approved the vendor to bill to that matter
Invoice Number Invoice number is specified and represents a unique ID against the vendor invoice data already present in Collaborati
Date Validation Invoice dates are specified, valid, and chronologically consistent
Validation of Line Item Units Required line item unit values are specified (for example, number of hours is entered on the invoice)
Validation of Codes

All codes used in the invoice and existing codes and authorized by the client

Learn more about LEDES eBilling codes here.

Validation of Timekeepers All timekeepers specified in the uploaded file are existing timekeepers and authorized by the client
Validation of Line Item Totals The total line item amount is consistent with the rate and unit values

Note: Click here to see the online User Guide for Collaborati.

Where can I enable or disable the audit rules (available under Billing Profiles) in TeamConnect?

You must be an eBilling Admin to enable or disable the eBilling rules. To edit, log in as an administrator, select the All menu then select Billing Profiles.

Click the Edit button to enable or disable the respective rules.

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Invoice Audit Rules Index

The table below defines all of the rules that ebilling and CSM administrators can enable or disable for invoices. 

Billing Profile & Description Audit Rules & Definitions

Fee Validations

  • FE101 Timekeeper billed too much time - Verifies if any Timekeeper on an invoice is billing for more hours than the maximum (configurable) amount set by the invoice administrator.
  • FE102 Fee charges exceed agreed rateValidates if any line item on an invoice contains a fee that exceeds the stored rate for that Timekeeper. When this rule is enabled, the system either gives a warning on the line items or adjusts the line item to the agreed rate when a discrepancy is found, and includes hierarchy of rate checking (if applicable).

    Note: FE102 validation rule applies to invoice(s) only when the submitted Invoice currency is the same as the Timekeeper's rate currency.

    If FE102 is active, then the following validation rules are displayed. These rules are applicable only if the "Home Office Rate Enabled" option is checked in the Firm/Firm Timekeeper's profile. 

    Note: Before updating the following rules from Warning to Rejection, the clients will have to update Invoices that are Pending Approval and might have warnings due to these rules.

    Based on the admin configuration of the below rules, the system audits the submitted invoice(s) and displays a warning message on the line item(s) or rejects the invoice or auto-adjust the fee charged. 
  • FE201 Timekeeper Home Office rate validation - Validates if any line item on an invoice contains a fee that exceeds the Timekeeper's approved Home Office Rate.
    • FE201.1 Timekeeper missing Home Office - Validates if the timekeeper associated with line item has missing Home Office details.
    • FE201.2 No active Home Office rate - validates whether the timekeeper has an approved Home Office rate for the date of work submitted (for the line item(s)).
    • FE201.3 No exchange rate found - This rule verifies whether the currency exchange rates for invoice line item dates ({0}) are missing, and displays a warning message on line item(s) or rejects the invoice.
    • FE201.4 Tolerance threshold - Warning - This rule triggers a warning if the fee charges exceed the threshold percentage ({x}%) than the Timekeeper's approved Home Office Rate on the line item(s).
    • FE201.5 Tolerance threshold - Rejection - This rule verifies and rejects the invoice if the fee charges on the line item(s) exceed the threshold rejection percentage ({x}%) of the Timekeeper's approved Home Office rate.
    • FE201.6 Get exchange rates per firm fiscal year start date - When FE201.6. is active, Invoices will be rejected if sent from a Firm that has a blank value for the Firm's "Fiscal Year Start Date" field. 

Expense Validations

 

  •  EX101 Expense line item amount maximum exceeded - The line item amount of any expense cannot exceed a specified amount calculated by multiplying rate * units total. 
    Note: This is an upper limit for any expense item and does not limit at a code level.
    Verifies if any expense charge on a line item in an invoice exceeds the maximum amount. When this rule is enabled, the system gives a warning on the line items, and can be configured to auto-adjust the line item containing the conflict to zero when a discrepancy is found. Administrators can decide if they want the adjustment reason to be sent to the outside counsel.
  • EX102 Expense line item unit maximum exceed - The line item units of any expense cannot exceed a specified amount.
    Note: This is an upper limit for any expense item and does not limit at a code level.
  • EX103 Expense charges exceed acceptable costs - Unit costs exceeds expense unit prices established by your legal department. Verifies if any line item on an invoice contains an expense that exceeds the acceptable cost. When this rule is enabled, the system either gives a warning on the line items or adjusts the line item containing the conflict to zero. Your administrator can set what an acceptable cost means for each expense code through the Expense Unit Prices Tool. 

Duplication Validations

  • DP101 Invoices contain duplicate Timekeeper charge - Configurable fields to validate against (line item date, project, timekeeper, task code, quantity). 
  • DP102 invoice contains duplicate expense - Configurable fields to validate against (line item date, project, expense code, quantity)
    Note: Expenses are not timekeeper related 
  • Verifies if any line item on an invoice contains a duplicate expense. When this rule is enabled, the system either gives a warning on the line items or adjust the line item containing the conflict to zero when a discrepancy is found. This rule can be enabled to check for duplicate expenses for all invoices sent by that vendor.

    When setting up the duplicate expense audit rule, the following fields can be checked for duplication:

  • Line Item Date 
  • Expense Code
  • Quantity 

Description Validations

  • DS101 Line item missing description - The line item description on each line must contain a value
  • DS102 Invoice missing description - Validated against the Invoice Description field in the LEDES invoices for a value
  • DS103 Invoice line item description contains keyword - Configurable keywords. This rule checks each line item's description on an invoice for a keyword(s) set by your administrator. When this rule is enabled, the system either gives a warning on the line items or adjust the line item containing the conflict to zero when a discrepancy is found.

Date Validations

  • DT101 Invoice is too old - Configurable number of days. Verifies if the invoice date on the invoice doesn't exceed the amount of days set by your administrator. When a conflict has been found, the invoice is auto-rejected and sent back to the outside counsel.
  • DT102 Billing period end date missing - Service end date must contain a value
  • DT103 Billing period start date missing - Service start date must contain a value
  • DT104 Invoice service/expense charges are too old - Configurable number of days
  • DT105 Line item date does not fall within billing period dates - Compares the detail line item date to ensure it falls within the invoice service start date and service end date for all line items (excludes invoice-level fee discounts and invoice-level expense discounts)
  • DT106 Line item date greater than current date - Validates if the date specified on a line item is greater than the current date (today's date)

Currency Validation

  • CR101 Invoice does not match vendor currency - The invoice currency must match currency on file for your company. Verifies if the currency used by the invoices matches the currency set by the vendor. When this rule is enabled, the invoice is automatically rejected and sent back to the outside counsel firm or vendor when a discrepancy is found.

Authorized Firm Validation

Missing Firm Contact - Validates whether the Office is associated or not to an Authorized Firm
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