RTG E-Bills creates bills in an electronic-billing format. Clients that require e-bills are using software to analyze the bills you send.
Note: To create e-bills, you must purchase both RTG Bills and RTG E-Bills.
When you purchase RTG E-Bills, RTG creates an e-bill format file and sends it to you. It contains a license key and other information.
LEDES 1998B is an industry-standard e-bill format. The format required by TyMetrix is a slight modification of the LEDES format. Both of these formats require timekeeper information that is not available in RTG Bills, specifically, the timekeeper name in "last name, first name" format and the timekeeper's level (e.g., partner or associate). RTG E-Bills reads this additional timekeeper information from the e-bill format file.
Although you can edit the e-bill format with any text editor, RTG now provides a simple editing program to make it easy to add the timekeeper information to the format file. You will have this program if you have installed a current version of RTG E-Bills.
You will need to edit the e-bill format file if:
Each e-bill format has a number. Usually, we use 50 for the LEDES 1998B format. For the TyMetrix format, there are two format files, 50 for interim bills and 51 for final bills.
If you have different clients that require different formats, you may have additional format files: 52, 53, and so on.
Note that for each e-bill format, it is your responsibility to create a bill format, with that same number, in RTG Bills. For e-bill format 50, for example, you must create bill format 50 in RTG Bills.
The RTG Bills format is used to print the bills on paper - a required step before you can generate e-bills. The e-bills format is used by RTG E-Bills when you choose Bills > Reprint As E-Bills to generate the e-bills.
Follow these instructions to edit an e-bill format.