Using Distributions

Creating, assigning, and reporting distributions to compensate your attorneys

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Written by Doug Schmierer
Updated over a week ago

Whenever you record a payment against an invoice created in LeanLaw, your firm's allocation settings will be automatically applied to that payment, allowing you to see where the compensation for that payment is expected to go. One use for this compensation data is the creation of distributions.

A distribution is the combined revenue allocation of one or more payments. No matter what frequency your firm uses to compensate attorneys, you can . When you're ready to finalize the distribution, you can also instantly create bills in QuickBooks equal to each attorney's total, assigned to each attorney's name, with the Distribution's name as the description.

How to assign payments to a distribution

LeanLaw’s distribution feature allows you to organize revenue allocation according to your firm's pay periods. Whether you pay out compensations yearly, monthly, or on any other basis, you can organize distributions the way that's best for you.

1. Select Billing

On the main navigation bar, click on Billing to open the Billing page.

2. Select Assign Payments

From the Billing page, click the tab labeled Assign Payments. This will open the Payments page, inside which all payments applied to LeanLaw invoices will be visible.

3. Check the box(es) next to your payment(s)

On the Payments page, click the checkbox next to any payments you wish to add to a distribution in order to select them for assignment.

4. Select Assign to Distribution

Once you have your payments selected, click the button at the top of the Distribution page labeled Assign to Distribution to open the Assign to Distribution window.

5. Create a distribution (if needed)

On the Assign to Distribution window, if you haven't yet created the distribution to which you wish to assign your payments, click the Create Distribution button to name and create a new distribution.

6. Select your distribution(s)

On the Assign to Distribution window, click the dropdown to select a single distribution to which you can assign your payment(s).

Itemize Distribution Assignment: this switch can be used if you wish to allocate parts of your payments across multiple distributions.

7. Save

When you're finished, click the green Save button to save your changes.

You now have a distribution to which you can add more payments and use to calculate compensation.

How to disburse your distribution as bills in QuickBooks

Any distribution that doesn’t have a status of Distributed can be sent to QuickBooks to become bills in your attorneys’ names. This allows you to take compensation data from LeanLaw and transfer it to your payroll.

⚠️ Once a distribution has been sent to QuickBooks, it will be locked. You'll no longer be able to add payments to the distribution or send the distribution to QuickBooks until unlocking it.

1. Select Billing

On the main navigation bar, click on Billing to open the Billing page.

2. Select Manage Distributions

On the Billing page, click the tab labeled Manage Distributions, located just below the main navigation bar. This will open the Distributions page.

3. Select a distribution

On the Distributions page, select the distribution you wish to disburse. This will open that distribution’s Distribution Review page.

4. Select Send to QuickBooks

On the Distribution Review page, when you’re ready to send the distribution to QuickBooks, click the Send to QuickBooks button.

Send to QuickBooks blocked by duplicate name? QuickBooks Online prevents any vendor, customer, or employee from sharing the same name. Send to QuickBooks attempts to create bills in your attorney's names as vendors. This means that if any customer or employee in your firm's QuickBooks is using one of your attorneys' display names, you'll have to change it for this feature to work.

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