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Cloud-Based Technology Co-Founded by Famed Attorney Alan Dershowitz
COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Viewabill, a free, cloud-based technology that provides clients with real-time access and insights to service providers' billing, activities, and time entries, publicly launches today. Viewabill was co-founded by Alan Dershowitz, one of America's most distinguished legal scholars, and entrepreneurs David Schottenstein and Robbie Friedman.
Viewabill will revolutionize the professional billing industry's outdated, opaque practices by providing a transparent, seamless product that lets clients know where their money is being spent in real-time. It gives control over "billable hours" back to the client, increases accuracy and incentivizes service providers to keep current billing and performance updates. Available via web and mobile applications, clients now can access their bills anytime, anywhere.
"Transparency, visibility and accountability should be at the core of every attorney-client relationship," said Dershowitz, a Harvard Law School professor since 1967. "It's imperative our billing systems become more efficient and capitalize on the myriad of opportunities created by the digital revolution."
Viewabill's unique software utilizes advanced cloud computing technology that enables clients to maintain visibility on work being performed on their behalf across multiple firms, even industries. The dashboard also lets clients request real-time clarification regarding activities, receive alerts or emails when specified thresholds are reached, and utilize the "Pencils Down" feature to notify providers when to stop work. Viewabill integrates quickly and seamlessly with existing billing software systems, providing bank-level security of data.
According to Friedman, the legal and accounting industries have been plagued by billing issues, specifically the "sticker shock" associated with clients opening their bills each month. Previously, there was no way for clients to monitor whether hours were being entered regularly and accurately, or crammed in at the end of each month.
"For more than a century, law, CPA and other firms have provided complicated, murky and inaccurate bills to their clients, leaving them paying more and understanding less," Friedman said. "Viewabill eliminates surprises and provides a safe, efficient process."
Schottenstein, who grew custom clothier Astor & Black into a $45 million company before selling his interests in 2011, said the team realizes transforming the broken billing industry won't happen overnight. According to Schottenstein, initial response has been strong from clients and firms.
"We feel like David taking on Goliath," he said. "We've definitely experienced resistance from some big firms, but as clients continue to push for it, everyone will eventually embrace transparency. If a firm refuses to adopt Viewabill, the client should ask why."
To learn more, visit www.viewabill.com or download the app from the iTunes store.
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