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What is a LEDES File?

LEDES 101: 04/18/2019 by Easy Legal Billing Team

In order to truly understand how to invoice a client that requires LEDES, it helps to know and understand what exactly a LEDES file is. A LEDES file is simply a machine-readable text file that displays invoice data in a specific order and format. This allows a company to accept all legal bills in a standard way and makes processing and payment much easier.

We’ll show you what a LEDES file is and how to create and email a LEDES invoice to clients easily all on our web app.

The actual file format began as a pipe-delimited plain text file (.txt) in versions LEDES 1998, LEDES 1998B and LEDES 1998-INTL.  For these specific LEDES versions, the file that is delivered to the corporation is the .txt file.

The file format then switched to an extensible markup language file (XML) in versions LEDES 2000, XML E-Billing version 2 and XML E-Billing version 2.1.  These formats create LEDES files and appear with the .xml file extension.

Each type of these file formats can be saved on a local computer and be sent to your client. With Easy Legal Billing’s software, downloading these files are a breeze. Simply go to the invoice that you would like the LEDES file to be created for and click on the “Download LEDES 1998B” link:

Click “download” in the upper right-hand navigation, then select your preferred LEDES format.

You can then submit the LEDES file to your client in their preferred manner, usually uploaded to their website.

In addition, EasyLegalBilling.com allows you to send an invoice that contains that LEDES file as an attachment straight to your client.  Just go to your invoice and click the send button.

To email a LEDES invoice, navigate to the “Invoices” menu, click on the invoice you’d like to send, then toggle to the “send” button and follow the prompts (shown above).

To find out what LEDES file you require, ask the client you are dealing with for the LEDES format that they prefer. Easy Legal Billing supports all LEDES formats.


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