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Matter Balance Summary Report

Clio's Matter Balance Summary Report is designed to give firms a quick view of outstanding receivables, current billable work in progress, and expenses in progress across matters. This report is categorized by client matter, accounts receivable, work in progress, expenses in progress, and total balance.

Note: This report is available on all of Clio's plans.

Generate the report

To generate this report:

  1. In Clio Manage, select Reports in the left navigation menu.
  2. Click Billing or scroll down to Billing reports and select Matter balance summary.
  3. Choose from several settings within the report options page to get the information you need for your report.  
      • Select responsible attorney: select All responsible attorneys to view report data for all responsible attorneys at your firm, or select Responsible attorney to view data for a specific responsible attorney at your firm.
      • Select client: select All clients to view data for all firm clients, or select Specific client to view data for a specific client.
      • Select practice area: the default setting for sorting by practice area is All practice areas. You also have the option to choose a Specific practice area.

        Note: If you sort this report by practice area, only data from the client's matters that have practice areas assigned will appear in the report. Learn more about practice areas by taking a look at this article.

      • Report options:
        • Display client trust balance: if you select this option, the report will include a section for the client trust balance specified in the date range.
        • Display matter descriptions: if you select this option, the report will include matter descriptions below each matter name.
      • Matter status: select whether you want to show All matters or only matters that are Pending, Open, or Closed
      • Group results by: select Client to categorize results by clients, or select Attorney to categorize results by the responsible attorney on the matter. If you select Attorney, you will also see a section for matters with no responsible attorney assigned. 
      • Select date range: you can filter your report results by choosing to see data in a specific date range. If a date range is specified, you will see transaction data specific to that date range.

        Note: Amounts under Accounts Receivable are dependent on invoice date. Since Work in Progress and Expenses in Progress refer to entries that have not been billed yet restricting the date range will show only time and expense entries created within the specified date range.

      • Output format: you can generate this report as a Web, PDF, or CSV version. The Web report will display in your Clio Manage browser window. Both the PDF and CSV file can be downloaded and printed. 

        What is a CSV file? A comma-separated values (CSV) file is a plain-text file that contains a list of data separated by commas. You an open a CSV file in almost any text editor or spreadsheet program, such as Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, or Mac's built-in spreadsheet program Numbers.

  4. Click Generate report.


Report categories

Note: Non-billable time entries and paid bills will NOT appear in this report. Only matters with unpaid bills or work in progress (unbilled time or expense entries) will appear in this report. Matters that do not have unpaid bills or work in progress but DO have a trust balance will NOT appear in this report.

When this report is generated, it will show accounts receivable, work in progress, and expenses in progress for each matter. You will also see a summarized total that will take into account all of your clients' matters.

    • Matter: this column lists matters. If you group results by client, all of a client's matters will be listed together. If you group results by attorney, a client's matters may be separated depending on the responsible attorney assigned to the matter.
    • Accounts Receivable: this column lists outstanding time and expense entry amounts on an approved but unpaid invoice. This is the money that your firm is expecting to receive on open matters. Amounts on a draft invoice will NOT be included in this amount.
    • Work In Progress: this column lists time and expense entries
    • Expenses In Progress: this column lists the amounts for time and expense entries on unbilled invoices. This includes entries created and placed on bills in draft or bills pending approval.
    • Total: this column is the combined total of the Accounts Receivable, Work In Progress, and Expenses In Progress for which your firm expects to receive funds.



You can sort or remove columns and rows if you generate the report as a CSV, including sorting by matter number. Learn more about filtering and sorting reports in Excel by reading this article.


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