How Alan Dershowitz And Two Entrepreneurs Will Disrupt Billable Hours


Fast Company reports on a new application called Viewabill, cofounded by David Schottenstein, Robbie Friedman, and Alan Dershowitz, aims to bring a new transparency to the process, and a more trusting relationship between business owners and the professionals whose services they contract.

 

There’s an old joke: A lawyer dies and goes to heaven. At the pearly gates, he protests to St. Peter, “But I’m too young to die, I’m only 45!” St. Peter responds, “Not according to your time sheets.”

 

Lawyers may not falsely claim decades’ worth of billable hours, but for many of their clients, there’s a feeling that the process of calculating those hours is needlessly opaque. A new application called Viewabill, cofounded by David Schottenstein, Robbie Friedman, and the famous lawyer and writer Alan Dershowitz, aims to bring a new transparency to the process, and a more trusting relationship between business owners and the professionals whose services they contract.

 

“A lot of tension grows because of misunderstandings over bills and time,” says Dershowitz, who has defended such high-profile clients as O.J. Simpson and Mike Tyson. “I just like the idea that everything in the relationship between lawyer and client should be open and transparent.”

 

The idea behind Viewabill is simplicity itself: a cloud-based application that enables firms to easily track and share their pre-bill activity, and for clients to monitor that activity. The attractively designed app allows users to log on and navigate their pending charges via a dashboard, or periodically receive emails reporting on the charges from their lawyers (or accountants, or copywriters, or any professionals they may contract).

Fast Company: How Alan Dershowitz And Two Entrepreneurs Will Disrupt Billable Hours

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